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Gresham Barlow School Districtís English Language Learner Plan

Frequently Asked Questions regarding English Language Learners:

How do we determine if a student is an English Language Learner (ELL)?
How are parents informed of their studentís ELL status and services?
What type of support do English language learners receive?
Who are Newcomer students and what are Newcomer Classrooms like?
When do English language learners exit the program?
What is a ďmonitored studentĒ and what happens during the monitor years?

How do we determine if a student is an English Language Learner (ELL)?

All students who enroll in the district complete a home language survey.† The survey is available in a large variety of languages.† If the home language survey indicates that the studentís first language was not English, a member of the schoolís English Language Learner (ELL) staff will assess the studentís English language proficiency.† If the results of the English language proficiency assessment indicate that the student has limited English language proficiency the student qualifies to receive ELL services.

How are parents informed of their studentís ELL status and services?

When a student qualifies for English language services the ELL staff sends the parent a letter notifying them that the child qualifies for the services.† The letter includes information about the studentís English language proficiency as well as information about the studentís academic achievement, if available. Letters informing parents about their studentís language proficiency and English language learner (ELL) program services are sent out yearly.

What type of support do English language learners receive?

All English language learners in the district receive English language development (ELD) support as well as assistance with content instruction.† As a district, Gresham Barlow uses an English as a Second Language model but the specific details of the services vary according to grade level and the studentís English language proficiency level.†

Additionally, students who have been in the United States for less than a year may attend a Newcomer Classroom.† Newcomer classrooms are available for 3rd through 8th graders at the East Gresham Elementary School and high school students at Gresham High School.

Who are Newcomer students and what are Newcomer Classrooms like?

Newcomer students are students who
  • Are English language learners (see above for definition)
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  • Have been in the US for less than a year

Newcomer Classrooms are presently located at East Gresham Elementary School and Gresham High School.† The newcomer classroom offers students intense English language instruction as well as general content support.† Students are expected to participate in a newcomer classroom for approximately one year and then return to their home school.† Progress in English language proficiency is the primary criteria for returning the ELL student to their home school.

When do English language learners exit the program?

English language learners are tested on their English language proficiency progress each spring and may be tested earlier in the year of the ELL staff believes they may be ready to exit.† Students who demonstrate they have met the English language proficiency criteria set by the language assessment will be exited from the ELL program and will no longer receive ELL services.

The parents of these exited students will receive a letter informing them of their studentís exit from the program and the student will be placed on monitor status for two years following their ELL program exit date.

What is a ďmonitored studentĒ and what happens during the monitor years?

Students are placed on monitored status for two years following their exit from the ELL program.† The ELL staff checks on the academic progress of monitored students at least twice a year using the student monitoring form.† The purpose of this monitoring period is to ensure that the student truly has sufficient English proficiency to succeed academically without ELL support.† If a student appears to struggle without English language program support and a team designated by the school determines that these difficulties are due to insufficient language proficiency, in consultation with the parent(s) the student may be reassessed for English proficiency and re-entered into the program.
Last Updated: 1/28/15
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