Transitional Bilingual Education Program

The Transitional Bilingual Education program in District 130 serves English learners whose home language is Spanish. Based on results from the prescribed language screener or the ACCESS test, these students are placed into a self-contained classroom for English learners of the same language background with a highly qualified TBE teacher. Core academic content is taught in English and Spanish. Initial language allocation is Spanish but varies depending on the child, with gradual shift to instruction in English as the child moves from full-time to part-time status. English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is provided across the content areas.

Full-time TBE Enrollment Part-time TBE Enrollment Exit Requirements

ACCESS Test Score

Reading Proficiency:
1.0 - 3.4

Writing Proficiency:
1.0 - 3.4

Overall Composite Proficiency: 3.4 & lower

ACCESS Test Score

Reading Proficiency:
3.5 - 4.1

Writing Proficiency:
3.5 - 4.1

Overall Composite Proficiency: 3.5 - 4.7

ACCESS Test Score

Overall Composite Proficiency: 4.8 or higher

*New exit requirement


*New requirement effective for school year 2016-17

Home Language Survey

Illinois requires school districts to collect a Home Language Survey for every new student. This survey is used to count the students whose families speak a language other than English at home. It also helps to identify the students who need to be assessed for English language proficiency.

Please click the links below to download the Home Language Survey in your preferred language.

English | Spanish

Contact Information

Office of Language, Culture and Learning
12300 S. Greenwood Ave.
Blue Island, IL 60406
Phone: (708) 385-6800
Fax: (708) 385-8467

Enid Alvarez
Director of Language, Culture and Learning

Catherine Rotimi
English Learner Coordinator
Ext. 7437

Marisa Esparza
Ext. 7022

Parent Resources

ISBE Bilingual Web Page

"A Guide to Your Children's Schools: A Parent Handbook" 
(Click links below)

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