Dual Eligible students are those who qualify for English Learner (EL) services and who also receive Special Education services in Federal Settings 3 and 4 Special Education programs. There is a Continuum of EL Service for Dual Eligible students, from Consultation to Direct Service. EL and Special Education teachers meet to determine what level of EL service is appropriate, given the individual student’s disability needs. The Multilingual Department has developed program directives to ensure that all Federal Setting 3 and 4 Special Education students who are also eligible for EL services receive both services, as mandated by state and federal law.
All Dual Eligible students, including students whose families have chosen to waive EL services, will take the WIDA ACCESS on a yearly basis. Accommodations listed on the students’ IEP will be followed during test administration. Students with significant cognitive disabilities may be given the Alternate ACCESS for ELs instead (see more on the Assessment and Testing page). Dual Eligible students are declared proficient and recommended for exiting EL services using the same Exit Criteria that is used for all English Learners.
Some of the Special Education disability categories in Minneapolis Public Schools include ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), B/VI (Blind or Visually Impaired), DAPE (Developmental Adaptive Physical Education), DCD (Developmental Cognitive Disability), D/HH (Deaf/Hard of Hearing), PI (Physical Impairment), and S/LI (Speech or Language Impairment). Many of the students within these categories are in Federal Settings 3 and 4 Special Education programs such as CLASS/Life Skills, Autism, DCD, SPEN/SPAN, and EBD.