The District’s Service Plan for English Learner (EL) Students with its 17 Terms of Agreement provides guidelines. The PLAN ensures that students are provided with an excellent and equitable education.
Each school in the District has an Alternative Language Program (ALP) Lead teacher who ensures that the 17 Terms of Agreement are followed. The ALP Lead teacher tests students for placement and growth, ensures the documentation is complete, and works closely with the school’s administration to ensure the student receives the support needed to be successful. Educational Equity Teacher Leader Specialists work with the ALP Lead teachers to provide training and support as needed.
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All potential English Learners (EL) students are tested with the WIDA Placement Screener to determine appropriate placement. Parents are notified if the student is eligible for services.
Each school follows the PLAN closely to ensure each students receives the services needed to be successful in school. Each EL student receives English Language Development (ELD) time. The required number of English courses and services are based on the students’ level of proficiency. ELD time interventions with support staff including ESL assistants help provide the needed services.
English Learners are taught by teachers who are ESL endorsed, REACH and SIOP trained. All ESL assistants work under the direction of an ESL endorsed teacher.
The Title III program is evaluated through the students’ performance in the State’s SAGE Testing and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as well as the Annual Achievement Objective (AMAO) results. Students are tested yearly with the WIDA ACCESS for English Language Proficiency growth.