Arlington Public Schools Department of Instruction ESOL/HILT Programs and Services WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS September 2013 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 ? 2 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 have exited from direct ESOL/HILT services 3 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 4 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) at selected schools, providing language and content instruction in Spanish for a maximum of two hours each day 5 2. Why is my child in ESOL/HILT? • Test results for listening, speaking, reading and writing are used to determine program placement. • The ESOL/HILT program provides the services your child needs. 6 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. 7 3. How does my child make progress in the program? WIDA English Language Proficiency Levels Level 6 – Reaching Level 5 – Bridging Level 4 – Expanding Level 3 – Developing Level 2 – Beginning Level 1 – Entering 8 Your Child’s Level of English Language Proficiency (ELP) • Students are given a state required test 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. 9 4. Which tests does my child take ? The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires parent notification, parent options and the following tests: 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 An alternative assessment for the SOL Reading Test Tests of English Language Proficiency (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) 10 Who takes the ACCESS for ELLs test? • All English language learners, (ELLs), levels 1-5, in Grades K-12. • All students who have opted out of the ESOL/HILT program in Grades K-12 11 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 12 What are the local assessments in reading and writing? • Reading PALS Grades K-2 DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) DRP (Degrees of Reading Power) • Writing Writing samples Writing Rubric 13 Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests GRADE 3 GRADE 4 GRADE 5 Reading Mathematics Science History Reading Mathematics History Reading Mathematics Science Writing •ELLs – levels 1-5 one-time exemption for the 3rd Grade Science, History, and Writing SOL tests •All ELLs, levels 1-5, must take the reading SOL test or VGLA unless enrolled in a U.S. school for less than 12 months. 14 How will I know the results of my child’s tests ? • 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. 15 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: intervention programs, summer school, and/or change of instructional program. 16 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 World Languages Office. 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) This program provides: • Instruction delivered in English • Language instruction integrated with academic content to meet the SOL objectives • Instruction according to the student’s level of English proficiency • Ongoing English proficiency assessment in oral language, reading, and writing 18 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. 19 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 • Ongoing assessment in both languages 20 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 21 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. 22 • Encourage your child to study and read. Bilingual Family Teacher Nurse Resource Assistant Working with You Counselor Principal Other parents 23 We’re in this together!! Do you have any questions? Thank you for attending the workshop.