Aurora Public Schools identifies students who acquire English at a rapid pace using a body of evidence including but not limited to ACCESS assessment, surveys from families and teachers, Home Language survey, classroom observations and performance, or the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).

ACCESS scores may be used as qualifying evidence through any one of the following: 

1) Accelerated Achievement (Proficiency Score): If a student increases his or her Literacy or Overall composite score by 2.0 or more from one year to the next (e.g., 1.0 to 3.0 or higher); or 

2) Accelerated Trajectory through ELD Program: If a student exits the EL program at an accelerated pace (e.g., 3 years vs. 6 years from newcomer to monitor status); or 

3) Growth Percentiles: If a student demonstrates growth at the 95th percentile or above in any year, and that growth shows a trend of sustained excellence. 

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