Our English Language (EL) Program helps prepare EL students to meet grade-level standards or higher. Our goal is to meet the linguistic, language academic and cultural needs of the students. We advocate for the use of students' home language and development of early literacy skills at home and in the classroom because those literacy skills will transfer to English.
More than 93 languages, other than English, are spoken by students and families in our district. The English Learners (EL) program serves nearly 1,300 students per year.
EL INSTRUCTION AT NEW CODE ACADEMY
The Bloomington EL curriculum uses language standards that are aligned to the Minnesota State Standards. EL teachers in Bloomington teach students the academic language, vocabulary and background information that are necessary for students to acquire English and learn grade-level content.
The Bloomington EL Program collaborative model:
- EL and classroom teacher coordinate instruction
- Both the language and content needs of the English Learner are being met
- Students receive explicit instruction in language acquisition
- Language supports are embedded throughout the curriculum
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
All students new to the district fill out a Home Language Survey upon enrollment.
- Students who have a language other than English on their Minnesota Home Language Survey will be tested for the EL Program using the WIDA Model test for Kindergarten and the WIDA Screener for grades K-12. ACCESS Scores from the previous year will be used to identify students moving from other districts in Minnesota. Pre-kindergarten students will be screened using the Pre-LAS assessment.
- Parents will be notified via mail if a student is eligible for EL Services
- Parents or guardians may remove their child from the EL Program at any time by signing a waiver available through the EL teacher. However, students will still be required to take the state EL assessment.
- EL Teachers may consider additional criteria for EL identification such as teacher observations and judgement, parent recommendations and other developmentally appropriate assessment instruments.
HOW DO STUDENTS EXIT THE EL PROGRAM?
In order for a student to exit the EL Program, EL students must meet the following guidelines:
- ACCESS Composite Score of 4.5; and
- a score of 3.5 in three of the four domains: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Beth Stenglein, EL Supervisor