English As A Second Language (ESL) Program
English Learners (ELs) receive a broad spectrum of specialized services based on their individual needs. These services include English language development classes, co-taught general education classes such as math, history and science and general education support classes.
Testing and potential placement in the ESL program is based on the Home Language Survey portion of the Clarkston Community Schools District registration form. If the parent of a new enrollee indicates that the student’s native or home language is other than English, the student will be assessed within 10 school days to determine eligibility in the ESL program. The assessment tool will be the W-APT which stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELs. The W-APTis one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system. ACCESS for ELs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English Learners (ELs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. Parents will be notified of the student’s eligibility and given the opportunity to accept or refuse ESL assistance.
ESL (English Language Arts) Classes
To develop English language proficiency at the secondary levels, students will be placed in the ESL English Language Arts classes to replace the Language Arts class for the English Learner and target the special needs of the non-native speaker in the four skills of listening, speaking reading and writing. The ESL ELA core curriculum also concentrates on independent and guided reading instruction.The curriculum will focus on building community using the reading and writing workshop model instruction that will help students gain the necessary writing skills, grammar and vocabulary to meet grade level expectations.
Continued Eligibility or Exit from the ESL Program
Students are assessed on a yearly basis in all four-skill areas as required by state law. If WIDA testing determines that a student has not reached the appropriate level of proficiency, he or she will remain in the ESL Program. Students who reach the appropriate proficiency level are exited from services, but are monitored for a four-year period to ensure that adequate progress in English and success in the classroom continues.