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BP 6174 - EDUCATION FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Instruction > Board Policy 6174 - Education for English Language Learners

The Board of Trustees intends to provide English learners with challenging curriculum and instruction that develop proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible while facilitating student achievement in the district's regular course of study.

English learners shall be provided English language development instruction targeted to their English proficiency level and aligned with state content standards. The district's program shall be based on sound instructional theory and adequately supported in order to assist students in accessing the full educational program.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all staff employed to teach English learners possess the appropriate authorization from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage parent and community involvement in the development, implementation, and evaluation of English language development programs. In addition, to support students' English language development, the Superintendent or designee may provide an adult literacy training program for parents/guardians and community members that leads to English fluency.


Identification and Assessment

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain procedures which provide for the accurate identification of English learners and an assessment of their proficiency and needs in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.

Once identified as an English learner, a student shall be annually assessed for language proficiency until he/she is reclassified based on criteria specified in administrative regulation.


Placement of English Learners

Students who are English learners shall be educated through "sheltered English immersion" or "structured English immersion," as defined in law and administrative regulation, during a temporary transition period not normally intended to exceed one year. Nearly all of the classroom instruction in the district's structured English immersion program shall be in English, but with the curriculum and presentation designed for students who are learning the language. (Education Code 305-306)

For purposes of determining the amount of instruction conducted in English in the structured English immersion classroom, "nearly all" shall be defined as follows:

Each English learner receives a program of instruction in English language development (ELD) in order to develop proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible.

When an English learner has acquired a reasonable level of English proficiency as measured by any of the state-designated assessments approved by the California Department of Education, any district assessments, and/or other criteria adopted by the Board, he/she shall be transferred from a structured English immersion classroom to an English language mainstream classroom in which the instruction is overwhelmingly in English. (Education Code 305-306; 5 CCR 11301)

An English learner has acquired a "reasonable level of English proficiency" when he/she has achieved the following:

K-8 students have been assessed on the CELDT and are found to be at CELDT levels 4-5. Students receive daily instruction in ELD targeted to their language proficiency needs, and grade level instruction in the core content areas with ongoing attention and/or monitoring paid to the language demands of the instruction.

At any time during the school year, the parent/guardian of an English learner may have his/her child moved into an English language mainstream program. (5 CCR 11301)


Parental Exception Waivers

When allowed by law, the parent/guardian of an English learner may submit a request that his/her child be exempted from placement in a structured English immersion program and instead be placed in a class where he/she is taught English and other subjects through bilingual education techniques or other generally recognized educational methodologies permitted by law. (Education Code 310-311)

Each waiver request shall be considered on its individual merits with deference given to parental preference for student placement.

A waiver request shall be granted in accordance with law unless the principal and educational staff have determined that an alternative program would not be better suited to the student's overall educational development. (5 CCR 11309)

If the Superintendent or designee denies the waiver request, he/she shall provide a written justification to the parent/guardian describing the reasons for the denial. A parent/guardian may appeal the decision in writing to the Board. The Board may consider the matter at its next regular Board meeting. The Board may decide not to hear the appeal, in which case the Superintendent's decision shall be final. If the Board hears the appeal, the Superintendent shall send the Board's decision to the parent/guardian within seven working days.


Program Evaluation

To evaluate the effectiveness of the district's educational program for English learners, the Superintendent or designee shall report to the Board, at least annually, regarding the progress of English learners towards proficiency in English, the number and percentage of English learners reclassified as fluent English proficient, the number and percentage of English learners who are or are at risk of being classified as long-term English learners, the achievement of English learners on standards- based tests in core curricular areas, and a comparison of current data with data from at least the previous year. The Superintendent or designee also shall provide the Board with regular reports from any district or schoolwide English learner advisory committees.

 

Adopted: March 21, 2013
Revised: November 13, 2014
Evergreen School District, San Jose, California