English Language Learning Services

 

English as a Second Language (ESOL) Services are made available to students who have a first language that is not English or have a language other than English in the home. These support services are designed to enhance English language learners’ fluency in English and immigrant students’ understanding of American culture.

ESOL services are intended to provide students with the academic and social language they need to succeed in their educational pursuits.

 

ESOL Services are facilitated by the following qualified instructors:

  • Eisenhower: Susan Weaver, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jefferson: Brenda White, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • IMS: Gabriella Johnson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • IHS: Gina McLenon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

To qualify as an English Learner and be eligible for ESOL services, the following criteria must be met:

  • Step One: A language other than English must be indicated on the Home Language Survey.
  • Step Two: If the Home Language Survey indicates a history of a language other than English, the student must be assessed for his/her English proficiency.
  • Step Three: If an English language proficiency screener determines that the student is limited in any domain of English proficiency (listening, speaking, reading, writing, or a composite of the four domains), that student must receive ESOL services by a “qualified” teacher.
    • Students who score “proficient/fluent” on the English language proficiency screener used by the district to determine eligibility are not eligible for ESOL services.

 

State Criteria to Exit Student from ESOL Program:

  • The state English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) determines that the student scored “proficient” for ONE year beginning 2017-2018.
  • Building Leadership or Student Improvement Team recommends that the student be exited from ESOL services (explanation provided on exit form) after one year. This recommendation can override the first criterion, allowing flexibility for cases in which a score of “proficient” for one year on the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) is not appropriate for that student. This exit option is only intended to be used for those few cases where a student’s qualification for Special Education services prohibits him/her from taking a grade-level English Language Proficiency Assessment (or portions thereof) or from improving. It is not intended to be used for all students with an IEP.
  • Parents have the right to withdraw their child from an ESOL program at any time by submitting written documentation to that effect.
    • Students withdrawn from ESOL services are not exempt from taking the annual English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA).

 

All K-12 English Learners will take the English Language Proficiency Assessment in the spring. This includes those English Learners whose parents have waived ESOL services.

 

Students scoring proficient on the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) move to either a transitional year to continue EL services and then to monitored status OR move to monitored status for the next two years after scoring proficient. Students on transitional year or monitored status will not take the ELPA.

ESOL PK Proficiency Standards

ESOL K-12 Proficiency Standards

ESOL Home Language Survey

ESOL Family Toolkit 

Ipad Apps for ELL