Policy 8280

Instruction for English Language Learners

The Board recognizes its responsibility to ensure that students of foreign birth or ancestry who are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) are provided with an appropriate bilingual education or English as a New Language (ENL) program.

The District has developed a comprehensive plan to meet the educational needs of ELLs. The plan will be kept on file in the District and submitted to the Commissioner of Education prior to the start of each school year. The plan includes:

  • a) The District’s philosophy regarding the education of ELLs;
  • b) The District’s administrative practices and procedures to screen, identify, and place ELLs in appropriate programs;
  • c) The District’s plan to provide parents and other persons in parental relation with information about all bilingual education and ENL programs available in the District and notices regarding program placement and the rights of parents or persons in parental relation in a language they best understand;
  • d) The District’s system to annually measure and track the academic progress and English language proficiency of ELLs and use of data to drive instruction;
  • e) A description of the District’s curricular and extracurricular services provided to ELLs;
  • f) The District’s administrative practices to annually evaluate ELLs;
  • g) The District’s procedure to identify support services for ELLs;
  • h) The District’s policies and procedures regarding ELLs who are students with disabilities;
  • i) The District’s procedures to exit ELLs including those students with inconsistent/interrupted formal education;
  • j) The District’s services to support former ELLs.

Additionally, the District will provide professional development to all teachers, level III teaching assistants, and administrators that specifically addresses the needs of ELLs.

The Superintendent will ensure that all data, including plans, assurances, and reports as required by the Commissioner’s regulations, is submitted to the State Education Department in a timely manner.