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    Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the School District of Clayton's English Language Development (ELD) program:
     
    • What does EL stand for?
      • EL stands for English Language or English Learner in K-12 education.  It is sometimes referred to as LEP (Limited English Proficient), ESL (English as a Second Language), ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language). The School District of Clayton provides services to ELs who qualify for the English Language Development (ELD) program

     

    • Who is an English Learner?
      • Defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, an English learner is an individual who is:
        • age 3-21
        • who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary or secondary school
        •  who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;
        • who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual’s level of English language proficiency; 
        • who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant
        • whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual – (i) the ability to meet the state’s proficient level of achievement on the State assessments …; (ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or (iii) the opportunity to participate fully in society.
    • How are English Learners Identified?
      • The District enrollment form includes the following questions: 
        • What was your child’s first language? ꩄ English ꩄ Other:________ 
        • Which language(s) does your child use (speak) at home and with others? ꩄ English ꩄ Other:________ 
        • Which language(s) does your child hear at home and understand? ꩄ English ꩄ Other:________ 

      • If “Other” is answered on any of these questions, the District Registrar forwards the enrollment form to the District EL Coordinator to be evaluated and referred to EL Specialists at each individual school the student will attend. 
      • At each school, EL Specialists interview families to determine eligibility with additional questions from the Home Language Survey.
      • EL Specialists administer the WIDA Screener or the Newcomer Kit, if the student is an absolute beginner 
      • Missouri school districts do not need parent permission to test a student.
      • If students are eligible for services, parents are notified within 30 days of the beginning of the school year, or two weeks after enrolling
      • If parents refuse EL services, the District is not released from its responsibility to provide a meaningful education to the English Learner under Federal Law
      • If a students transfers from another WIDA state, ACCESSfor ELLs®/Screener records may be obtained from the previous school district (check transcript or call district)
      • Missouri defines English language proficiency as attaining a Level 4.7 Composite score on the State’s English language proficiency assessment ACCESS for ELLs® or a lesser score with other factors.  
    • How is the Clayton English Language Program structured?
      • The K-12 Clayton EL Program provides EL services based on a student's level of English language proficiency. An EL teacher is assigned to each school and may have an additional intern depending on numbers and proficiency levels of students. EL teachers provide support for students and teachers in the regular classroom. EL students also come to the EL classroom for individualized or small-group instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The EL Program also organizes parent education programs, coffees and social activities for international families. The EL Program promotes and facilitates student and family engagement in school activities.
    • How long does it take to achieve English language proficiency?
      • It takes English Language Learners one or two years to achieve basic social English, and five to seven years to develop academic English.
    • What does the EL teacher do?
      • EL teachers plan and teach English lessons; provide extra materials and support for learning in the regular classroom; help students and parents adjust to and participate in the new school culture; provide information for the school faculty about the ELL's level of English language proficiency and necessary background information; act as a liaison in home/school communication; help provide interpreters upon request; and can provide data, research and resources related to English language learning issues. EL teachers are also responsible for identifying EL students, measuring academic and language growth, and administering federal- and state-mandated English language assessments.