Students may be identified as possibly needing English Learner (EL) instruction through a variety of ways:

  • Upon enrolling in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District, all families are required to complete a Home Language Survey, HLS. The original HLS is maintained in the students’ cumulative folder and a copy is forwarded to the EL teacher in that building.  If the survey indicates that a language other than English is spoken in the home, the student is eligible for assessment to determine if he/she is in need of EL instruction.
  • The records from a previous school district or institution indicate that the student was receiving, or had previously received, some form of EL instruction.
  • Other individuals within the school setting such as a principal, guidance counselor, or classroom teacher who suspect that a language deficiency is interfering with a student’s learning in the classroom, may make a referral to have a student assessed.


The above mentioned procedures would trigger the need for the student to be assessed for possible EL instruction.   It is not necessary that the student be born outside the USA, in order for him/her to receive EL instruction.

Assessment Tools

The Cornwall-Lebanon School District utilizes a variety of assessment tools as part of its EL program.

  • WIDA  Assessing Communication and Comprehension in English State to State (ACCESS) Placement Test, W-APT:  this assessment is used to determine which tier of the ACCESS to administer during the State’s assessment of EL students.  It can also be used as criteria for exit from EL instruction.  With the adoption of the most recent BEC concerning the education of English Learners, this will be the primary tool used to identify the need for EL instruction. Visit the W-APT Website for more information about the Placement Test.
  • ACCESS for ELs:  The PA Department of Education has joined the World Class Instruction Design and Assessment Consortium, WIDA.  Pennsylvania will be using the WIDA developed ACCESS for ELs assessment as a statewide assessment instrument. Visit the ACCESS Website for more information about the assessment.
  • The District also values the data provided by classroom and special area teachers, EL teachers, administrators, and other individuals who have interactions with an EL student.