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ASSESSMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY
ENGLISH LEARNERS PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

Position Statement: The purpose of this program is to develop fluency in speaking, reading, and writing English in each student whose primary language is not English, enhance students’ self-esteem, promote cross-cultural understanding, and provide equal opportunity for academic achievement, including academic instruction through the primary language when necessary. Regular education classes and staff are included in the Master Plan to insure the commitment of all personnel to provide the best possible educational services for English Language Learner (ELL) students.

Program Goal: To develop English language learners’ proficiency in English and in the District’s core curriculum as rapidly and as effectively as possible in an established English-language classroom. ELL students will have equal access to the curriculum provided for all students. These students will make normal progress through the curriculum and experience success. The fundamental goal of the ELL program is to have students function successfully in the English language.

To ensure that English Learners succeed academically.

  • Develop students’ English fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Provide continuous and summative evaluation of the English learner program and make revisions as necessary including guidelines for report card evaluation, promotion, and retention of English learners.
  • Ensure that English learners K-8 are provided instruction following District and State adopted English-language arts, English Language Development, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science standards.

To provide a quality English Learner Program for all students.

  • Ensure equal access to the core curriculum to encourage academic success through Structured English Immersion (SEI), Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE), or Alternative Bilingual Program.

To provide students acquiring English equal access to the core curriculum.

  • Cluster students to provide appropriate instruction.
  • Provide primary language support at the center schools.
  • Provide students with an effective program as they transition into English academic instruction.
  • Provide instruction based upon District and State adopted standards.
  • Provide appropriate materials to deliver instruction.

To provide students daily English Language Development so they can acquire English fluency and literacy necessary for academic success.

  • Provide staff development on effective ELD strategies and techniques.
  • Provide continuous assessment of second language acquisition progress.
  • Provide District adopted ELD materials for teachers and students.

To ensure that English learners receive educational services from properly qualified and credentialed staff.

  • Identify certificated and classified district-wide staffing needs annually.
  • Employ qualified certificated (BCLAD and CLAD) candidates through university and college recruitment efforts.
  • Provide ongoing staff development options for certificated and classified staff to ensure a quality program through the use of District, County Office of Education trainers, and consultants.

To encourage participation and involvement of parents in the education of their children.

  • Establish clear communication channels between the District, home, and community.
  • Provide parents with oral interpretation and written translation to ensure equal access of information according to state guidelines.
  • Provide bilingual parents opportunities to become involved in school committees such as School Site Council, Parent/Teacher Association, and the English Language Advisory Committee.
  • Encourage bilingual parents to attend adult education through the Community Based English Tutoring Program (CBET).