How are Students Identified?
All schools are required to administer a Home Language Survey to identify the native language(s) of all first time Indiana enrollees. In most cases, this will be students enrolling in kindergarten, but may also include out-of-state or immigrant students in other grades who are enrolling in Indiana schools for the first time. For students who are transferring from an Indiana school, school staff will contact the previous school to obtain the original Home Language Survey. If a language other than English is indicated for any of the three Home Language Survey questions, the student is considered to be a language minority student and needs to be assessed for initial proficiency with the WIDA Screener (or W-APT for kindergarten and first-semester first-grade students).