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April 21, 2010

School Demands English Language Proficiency Test

Jan and Mike Kilmartin adopted a little girl from Asia who knew very little English. They placed her in the English Language Learners program in the local Chicago-area kindergarten. Soon thereafter they decided to homeschool her, and they withdrew her from the program.

But their daughter’s ELL teacher demanded that the Kilmartins still submit their daughter for assessment of her English language growth. “The state requires me to monitor her English progress,” she wrote.

Members of HSLDA, the Kilmartins contacted us for help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff called the ELL teacher. She said she was just following orders.

Woodruff then called the teacher’s supervisor. He explained that the school had no authority to demand the English language assessment since the family did not want any services from the school system.

The supervisor agreed, and the demand was withdrawn.