Arlington Public Schools
Department of Instruction
ESOL/HILT
Programs and Services
WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS
September 2010
Six Important Things to Know
1. What is the ESOL/HILT Program?
2. Why is my child in this program?
3. How does my child make progress in the program?
4. Which tests does my child take?
5. How are ESOL/HILT services delivered in my child’s school?
6. How can I help my child ?
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1. What is the ESOL/HILT Program?
Program Components
• High Intensity Language Training (HILT) for
students with beginning to intermediate
English proficiency
• English for Speakers of Other Languages
(ESOL) for students with advanced English
proficiency
• “Bridging” for students who receive indirect
services
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Purposes of the ESOL/HILT Program
• To ensure that English language learners
attain English proficiency in order to develop
high levels of academic achievement
• To assist English language learners in
meeting the same challenging academic
content standards that all students are
expected to meet
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ESOL/HILT Program Overview
• Criteria for entry, progress, and exit based on student’s
level of English proficiency
• Instruction and assessment in English of oral language,
reading, and writing
• Research-based instruction that integrates language and
content using a variety of methods and practices
• Curricula that incorporates Arlington Public Schools and
state Standards of Learning (SOL)
• Available to all identified ESOL/HILT students with
parental permission
• First Language Support (FLS) in grades K-3 at selected
schools, providing content instruction in Spanish for a
maximum of two hours each day
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2. Why is my child in ESOL/HILT?
• Tests results for listening, speaking,
reading and writing are used to
determine program placement.
• The ESOL/HILT program provides the
services your child needs.
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Parental Rights and Responsibilities
• You have the option to decline enrollment of
your child in the program.
• If you choose to decline enrollment of your
child in the program, you must speak with the
principal.
• Opt out students must take the state required
English proficiency tests in the spring.
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3. How does my child make
progress in the program?
WIDA English Language Proficiency Levels
Level 5 – Bridging
Level 4 – Expanding
Level 3 – Developing
Level 2 – Beginning
Level 1 – Entering
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Your Child’s Level of English Language
Proficiency (ELP)
• Students are given local and state tests in the areas of
listening, speaking, reading and writing to determine their
level of English language proficiency.
• Teachers will share your child’s level with you at the
beginning of the school year.
• Your child’s level is recorded on the ESOL/HILT report
card.
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4. Which tests does my child take ?
No Child Left Behind, a law that requires testing, parent notification, and parent options,
mandates the following:
Standards of Learning (SOL) tests
What all students are expected to
learn at each grade level
Tests in Reading, Writing, English,
Math, History and Science
VGLA Virginia Grade Level
Alternative
ACCESS for ELLs
Local Assessments
An alternative assessment for the
SOL Reading Test
Tests of English Language Proficiency
(Listening, Speaking, Reading and
Writing)
Assessments of English Language
Proficiency used in the local school
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district
Who takes the ACCESS for
ELLs test?
• All ESOL/HILT and Bridging students, levels
1-5, in Grades K-12.
• All students who have opted out of the
ESOL/HILT program in Grades K-12
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What is the VGLA?
Who takes the VGLA?
• A collection of work documenting
individual achievement of grade level
reading standards
• An alternative assessment for the SOL
Reading Test
• Available for beginning students in
grades 3-5 who achieved 3.5 or less on
the ACCESS test
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What are the local assessments in
listening, speaking, reading and writing?
• Aural/Oral
Oral Stages of Second Language Development Rubric
• Reading
PALS Grades K-2
DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment)
DRP (Degrees of Reading Power)
Reading Stages of Second Language Development Rubric
• Writing
Writing samples
Writing Stages of Second Language Development Rubric
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Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests
GRADE 3
GRADE 4
GRADE 5
Reading
Mathematics
Science
History
Reading
Mathematics
History
Reading
Mathematics
Science
Writing
•ESOL/HILT Students
one-time exemption for the 3rd Grade Science, History,
and Writing SOL tests
•All ESOL/HILT students must take the reading SOL test or VGLA unless
enrolled in a U.S. school for less than 12 months.
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How will I know the results of my
child’s tests ?
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You will always receive the results of state
tests that your child has taken. Results are
sent by mail or with the student.
• The school will have meetings to explain the
tests.
• You may talk with your child’s teacher.
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What happens if my child does not
pass the SOL tests?
• Test results will be one of the criteria to determine
the instructional program for your child.
• There are opportunities to help your child:
remediation classes, summer school, and/or
change of instructional program.
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5. How are ESOL/HILT services
delivered in my child’s school?
Schools meet the needs of English language learners
through the use of different instructional programs.
• English as a Second Language - supervised by the
ESOL/HILT Office
• First Language Support – supervised by the ESOL/HILT
Office
• Two-Way Immersion Program ( Spanish–English)
– supervised by the Foreign Language Office.
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English as a Second Language (ESL)
This program provides:
• Instruction delivered in English
• Language instruction integrated with academic content to
meet the SOL objectives
• Instructional placement in ESOL or HILT according to the
student’s level of English proficiency
• Ongoing English proficiency assessment in oral language,
reading, and writing
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First Language Support
This program provides:
• Instruction in English for the majority of the day for native
Spanish-speaking students who are English language learners
• Integrated language and content instruction in Spanish (social
studies and science) to accelerate language and concept
development
• Integrated instructional units incorporating essential concepts and
APS grade level curriculum objectives
• Comprehensive assessment including oral, reading, writing and
content in both languages
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Two-Way Immersion
(Spanish-English)
This program provides:
• Enrollment of both native English and native Spanish-speaking
students
• Second language instruction through APS subject content and
everyday conversation
• Promotion of an appreciation and understanding for another
culture and of communication in a second language
• Half of the instructional day spent studying and learning in the
second language
• Ongoing assessment in both languages
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ESOL/HILT Delivery Models
ESOL/HILT services are delivered through a
variety of models which include, classroom,
inclusion, pull out, and regrouping
Your child’s teacher, the ESOL/HILT Lead Teacher, or the
principal can talk to you about the instructional delivery
model(s) used in your school.
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6. How can I help my child succeed?
• Make sure you know the dates for testing, how to help
your child get ready for the tests, and how to read the
test results.
• Attend parent meetings.
• Review notices and letters.
• Review quarterly report cards sent home every grading
period
• Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences (October and
March).
• Find out about after-school tutoring, homework clubs,
and other opportunities.
• Enroll your child in summer school.
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• Encourage your child to study and read.
Bilingual
Family
Teacher
Nurse
Resource
Assistant
Working with You
Counselor
Principal
Other
parents
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We’re in this together!!
Do you have any
questions?
Thank you for attending the
workshop.
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State Tests for ESOL/HILT Students