ESL services are available to any student who is enrolled in a Cumberland County school (grades K-12) and who has been assessed and identified as limited English proficient. ESL teachers maintain an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) for all LEP students actively in the program. LEP students are mainstreamed in their regular classes most of the school day. ESL instruction is provided using the “pull-out” instructional model in grades K-5 and for one elective class daily in grades 6-12. Differentiated instruction allows the ESL teacher to create the best learning experiences possible and is essential in meeting the individual language and academic needs of LEP students. State-adopted textbooks and a variety of resources are available to LEP students.
There are five WIDA ELP Standards: (1) Social and Instructional Language (2) The Language of Language Arts (3) The Language of Mathematics (4) The Language of Science, and (5) The Language of Social Studies. Each of the five English language proficiency standards encompasses four language domains – Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. There are six levels of English language proficiency within each language domain that a student can attain: 1 – Entering; 2 – Beginning; 3 – Developing; 4 – Expanding; 5 – Bridging; and, 6 – Reaching.
Further information regarding the WIDA ELP Standards may be accessed by going to: http://www.wida.us
Who Is Identified as LEP?
Once a student has been assessed on the W-APT and is identified as LEP, his/her parent is contacted by the ESL teacher designated to the child’s school. The ESL Program is explained to the parent and, if the parent agrees to ESL services, the ESL teacher will complete a Parent Interview and send home a Parental Agreement that will need to be signed and dated. If a parent chooses to decline ESL services for his/her child, a “waiver” will need to be signed and dated. The “waiver” will state why the parent declined ESL services for his/her child. The child will not receive ESL services and will remain in his/her mainstream classes.
All LEP students, including those not served by the ESL program, must be assessed annually during the Spring Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) testing cycle. Once an LEP student reaches the level of language proficiency established by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction, the student is no longer identified as “limited English proficient.” Students who are actively in the ESL Program will “exit” the program.
No Child Left Behind Requirement
North Carolina requires that all local districts and charter schools within the state use the same English language proficiency assessment instrument. The instrument must measure the WIDA ELP Standards. The North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction has adopted the W-APT (initial screener) and the ACCESS (annual assessment) as the English language proficiency assessments for public schools in the state. The results of the ACCESS will be used to determine whether or not the AMAOs have been met.
For further information on the English as a Second Language program for Cumberland County Schools, please contact the ESL office at 910. 484.1176..........................................................................................................................................
Published by Nydzia Smith on June 15, 2012