English Learners (EL) Team
EL Program Model for Elementary School
EL students spend their day in classrooms with English speaking peers. EL teachers push-in to support and provide accommodations for the student. An EL student may also receive assistance for a part of the day through the pull-out component of the EL program. In pull-out, they go to the EL classroom for intensive instruction in English.
Eligibility for the EL program is based on information on the initial school registration form. Any indication that English is a second language requires that the student be tested for English fluency. A standardized test, the WIDA -ACCESS Placement Test, is then given to determine the level of English language proficiency. If a student is eligible to receive EL services, an appropriate program of instruction will be designed for him/her.
Student progress is evaluated in the spring of every year using the WIDA ACCESS for ELL's Test.
EL Program Completion
Students receive EL support until they demonstrate a level of English proficiency that allows them to work successfully in the regular classroom. While verbal proficiency may be rapidly acquired, proficiency in academic subjects may take seven to ten years. Once a student has demonstarted on the WIDA ACCESS for ELL's Assessment a high degree of English proficiency, they are moved to monitor status for the next two years. During this time, student progress is monitored. At the end of the two-year monitor period, students have completed the EL program.