Identification Process


Step 1 The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights and Connecticut state law require school districts to collect information about a student’s language background at the time of enrollment/registration in order to determine whether the student is a potential English Learner (or, is someone who potentially may need English language assistance services). Connecticut has chosen to use the Home Language Survey to gather this information.

In Hartford Public Schools, each parent /guardian works with a staff member at the central registration office to complete a Home Language Survey in a language they can understand.

The three survey questions are:

1)What is the primary language used in the home, regardless of the language spoken by the student?

2) What is the language most often spoken by the student? 

3) What is the language that the student first acquired? 

Step 2 If a language other than English is spoken at home, the English Learner services available are explained to the parent/guardian.
Step 3 The parent/guardian completes the Parent Notification of Initial Placement form.
Step 4 The registration staff member notifies the English Learner staff that a student who speaks a language other than English has registered.
Step 5 The English Learner staff conducts the English Learner screening in English and the Native Language (if applicable) to determine identification as an English Learner.
Step 6 The English Learner staff notifies the parents of the results and confirms placement decision.
Step 7 The student is placed in the selected program.