CARROLL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS POLICY/PLAN
English Language Learners (ELL) Requirements
Carroll County School District will comply with requirements of the law concerning ELL students.
- All language minority children will be allowed to attend school, regardless of their ability to produce a birth certificate, social security number, or immigration documentation.
- If the parent does not have an immunization form, school personnel will help the parents obtain one. If all else fails, the district will assist the parent in getting the child immunized.
- The student will be placed in the grade that is age-appropriate.
- The principal’s designee will devise a special instructional plan for the student. The plan will include goals and objectives, services, evaluation procedures, strategies used in the classroom, and mastery. In addition, the classroom teacher will document the use of appropriate instructional strategies in lesson plans that address the benchmarks applicable to the Mississippi state testing standards. Copies of such plans will be part of the student’s cumulative file maintained by the school’s counselor.
- The student will be mainstreamed into the regular classroom as much as possible.
- In the case of a student with very little to no knowledge of English, the following policies will apply:
- A qualified bilingual person who can tutor the student at beginning level of English may be promptly engaged.
- The student will be placed immediately with his/her age group in activities such as physical education, art, or music.
Student Placement Procedures
- As a part of registration/enrollment into Carroll County Schools, all students will be given a Home Language Survey form written in a language that the parent understands. This survey will contain, at a minimum, the following questions:
- What is the first language the student learned to speak?
- What language does the student most often speak?
- What language is most often spoken in the student’s home?
The principal at each school is responsible for checking the Home Language Survey forms for potential ELL students within five school days of enrollment.
If the answer to any of the above questions is a language other than English, the student’s Home Language Survey form will immediately be sent by the principal to the District Test Coordinator. This is to ensure that the student be tested with the required Mississippi placement test within 20 days of enrollment.
Upon receipt of the Home Language Survey form, the District Test Coordinator will check the cumulative record for the following information: (a) Has the student already been tested and his/her ELL status determined? (b) If there is no indication that the child has been tested but has been in Mississippi’s public school system for at least 2 years and has maintained a C average or above in reading/language or has scored Proficient or above on Mississippi’s curriculum test for reading/language, then he/she will not be given the required placement test.
Additionally, any out-of-state student who has maintained a C or above average in reading/language will not be given the required placement test.
If the answer to any of the above-mentioned questions is a language other than English and if the child does not fit into the exceptions categories stated, then the child should be classified as Non-English Language Background (NELB) and must be assessed for English proficiency.
- ELL students who may need to be assigned to an ESL program will be tested using the required placement test within 20 days of enrollment. Placement services will be determined to the guidelines on pages 26 and 27 in the Mississippi Guidelines for English Language Learners 2011.
- At the school level, an ELL Committee composed of the school principal, school counselor (if available), teachers designated by the school principal, and parents will determine what is appropriate for each child and tailor the instructional format. The placement test score (with any score-identification information), the district’s universal screener, and informal measures (classroom observation, student interviews, teacher/parent referrals) will be used to determine readiness of the student. Additionally, the mastery of basic competencies according to performance on the prescribed state tests will be used to further determine ELL status. All ELL students will be mainstreamed for classes and programs. Materials, support, and intervention for students will be provided to maximize learning.
- The following instructional methodologies and services will be provided (if necessary) by the Carroll County School District.
- Language Experience Approach (paraprofessional/community volunteer)
- Cooperative Learning
- Modified instruction/testing at the classroom level
- Internet access-Language/educational software, information links, and resources
- Audio, video, and other resources
- At the school level, an ESL instructional plan will be developed for each ELL student by the school’s ELL Committee. The plan will include goals and objectives, services, evaluation procedures, strategies used in the classroom, and mastery. Also, the classroom teacher will document the use of appropriate instructional strategies in lesson plans that address the benchmarks applicable to the Mississippi state testing standards.
- In the spring (April), ELL students will be given the proficiency test required by the state of Mississippi. The student will be re-classified when it is determined that he/she has made sufficient progress in English language proficiency as demonstrated by the test results. This test is automatically given each year as mandated by the Mississippi Department of Education.
Student Exiting Procedures
- A student may be removed from ELL participation by a parent.
- Kindergarten through 2nd grade ELLs are not eligible for exit. The criteria for exiting ELLs rely on the student’s scores on the required proficiency test overall and standardized assessment results.
- At the school level, a Student Evaluation Team (SET) will guide and monitor the placement, services, and assessment of students who are ELLs. Review of grades, standardized test scores, portfolio assessments, student interviews, and parent interviews will all be a part of the exit monitoring of ELL students. If monitoring shows that the student is falling behind in classroom work and/or English language skills, the student will immediately receive support services.
When students reach proficiency and are exited according to MDE’s Title III ELL exit criteria, the law requires that they be monitored for 2 calendar years following exit from language assistance services. They are:
- no longer classified as LEP
- receive no accommodations, (unless they are in the SPED program and have an IEP or a 504 classification), and
- are not required to take annual required Mississippi proficiency test.