Volume 3 Issue 7
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Quescussion is an extremely interesting idea - only asking questions is allowed! What topics do you discuss in class that would be rich enough for this type of activity?
Supporting Former English Learners
An English learner is reclassified as fluent or English language proficient when they achieve a 5.0 overall composite score on the annual WIDA ACCESS assessment. Students are reclassified as proficient in English and enter a two-year formal academic monitoring period to ensure they are meaningfully participating in the district’s educational program. Perry Township monitors all level 5 students every Quarter One and Quarter Three.
During this two-year monitoring period, we must ensure:
- Former English learners who have been reclassified as fluent have full access to mainstream curricula
- Any academic deficits resulting from lack of English proficiency have been addressed and remedied
- Any recurring language needs identified through the monitoring process have been addressed and remedied
- Former English learners are meaningfully participating in the standard instructional program in a manner comparable to their native English speaking peers.
When an academic or language need is identified during a former English learner’s two-year monitoring period, it is important to consider that all students, regardless of English proficiency or native language, can struggle with core content areas. In some instances, students may meet the state criteria for reclassification as fluent without having truly attained English proficiency. In these cases, formal reentry into the English learner program may be appropriate. This process may also be implemented to reevaluate the English proficiency of students who were identified as fluent upon enrollment through the W-APT or WIDA Screener.