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Identification of ELLs and Home Language Survey


Identification of English Language Learners and the Parent Home Language Survey


In Maryland, local education agencies (LEAs) are required to ask every student upon enrollment if a language other than English is spoken and list the language(s) by means of a Home Language Survey (HLS) that is designed to identify:

  • Students who communicate in a language other than English;
    or
  • Students whose families use a primary language other than English in the home;
    or
  • Students who use a language other than English in daily non-school surroundings.

Note: Having another language spoken in the home or routinely used in other settings is not an automatic identification of a student as ELL. COMAR provides the criteria of the HLS and defines them for ELL identification COMAR 13A.05.07.02 and COMAR 13a.05.07.03.

A student’s eligibility for services is based on the English Language Proficiency (ELP) placement test. Each LEA must inform parents of an ELL child identified for participation in the district's ESOL program:

  • No later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year for students who enter at the start of the school year.

  • Within the first 2 weeks of attendance for those children who have not been identified as ELL prior to the beginning of the school year.


Parent Notification Letter
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Contact Information

Ilhye Yoon, Title III/ELL Specialist
Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0714
Fax: 410-333-1146
Email: iyoon@msde.state.md.us

Laura Hook, Title III/ELL Specialist
Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-6577
Fax: 410-333-1146
Email: lhook@msde.state.md.us

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