English Language Learners
What is the English Learner Program?
The English Learner Program is designed to support students who are exposed to a language other than English at home, until they are able to show proficiency in English.
GUSD's objective for English Language Learners is for students to develop proficiency in English rapidly and effectively, so they will be able to keep up academically with their English only peers.
How Does A Student Become An English Learner?
- During the enrollment process, a Home Language Survey is completed by the parent/guardian.
- If a student is exposed to a language other than English in the home, an appointment is set up at the Welcome Center in the District Office to assess the age appropriate English literacy skills of the student in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- If English is the only language the student is exposed to in the home, she/he is identified as English Only and does not require additional English Learner services.
What Happens After Testing At The Welcome Center?
The results of the student’s Language Testing in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, at the Welcome Center, will determine the appropriate language placement program for the student
- If a student tests at a level of limited English literacy skills, the student will be placed into EL Program 1.
- If a student tests at a level of reasonably fluent English literacy skills, the student will probably be placed into EL Program 2.
- If a student tests at a level of advanced English literacy skills, the student will probably be identified as a Fluent English Proficient student, and they will not need an EL support program.
Once the instructionally appropriate placement is made, Parents will be notified, through mail, of the language placement for their child.
What Services Do ELD Level 1-4 Students Receive?
Students identified as EL learners receive the following services;
- Instructionally appropriate language program placement and monitoring by Teacher Specialist
- English Language Proficiency Assessment to assess annual student growth
- Parent notification of results of English Language Proficiency Assessment sent home to parents
- Semesterly assessment of progress by the ELD teacher
- Annual updates of ELD progress using District Data systems by Teacher Specialist
- Regular ELD scaffolding/differentiating of instruction by all classroom teachers
- Designated ELD 2 hour blocks of language development in communication and writing for Program 1 students
- Parent notification of placement and program/schedule changes
- Parent consultation prior to reclassification
What happens when a student reaches Level 5?
Toll utilizes a transition model for Level 5 ELD students. Since Level 5 students are showing readiness to exit the program, they are placed in English classes as ELD students, and monitored to ensure academic success.
When Will A Student Move Out of the EL Program or be Reclassified?
- Students will move out of the EL Program at their own pace. This pace could take as little as under one year for some, and several years for others. Once the student has illustrated proficiency, or close to proficiency, in various language assessment areas, they will be Reclassified, or moved out of the EL Program.
- Language Assessments used for Reclassification include; English Language Proficiency Assessment California Scores, Report Card Grades in English, Science and/or History, iReady or CAASPP Assessment scores in English, and Teacher input. Students performing at proficient/well developed, or close to proficient level, in these areas will be considered as strong candidates for Reclassification. Parent input is also gathered and all data is submitted to the District office, pending approval.
- Upon District approval, notification of Reclassification is provided to families and students are provided a certificate and pin to wear to eighth grade promotion.