English Language Learners Program Information

  • The education of students whose dominant language is not English and/orwho are English learners (EL)is the responsibility of every school district/charter school in the Commonwealth. Title 22, Chapter 4, Section 4.26 of the Curriculum Regulations requires that the school district/charter school provide a program for every student who is limited English proficient (LEP) or an English language learner (ELL). The regulation states:

    "Every school district shall provide a program for each student whose dominant language is not English for the purpose of facilitating the student's achievement of English proficiency and the academic standards under § 4.12 (relating to academic standards). Programs under this section shall include appropriate bilingual-bicultural or English as a second language (ESL) instruction."

    To comply with this requirement, a school district must provide the student with a planned program of English language development instruciton and appropriately accommodated content area instruction to facilitate the acquisition of English language proficiency and attainment of academic grade-level standards.

    Students are identified for assessment of English language proficiency based on the results of the Home Language Survey (HLS) and the family interview.  Students who qualify for English language development instruction on the state-mandated WIDA Screener receive instruction appropriate for their proficiency level.

    English learners are administered the required annual English language proficiency assessment to measure their progress and inform ongoing instruction.