The English Language Learner (ELL) program at IPS operates based on referrals by classroom teachers whose assessments are usually made at the beginning of the school year, but can include new students entering during the year whose admission test warrants additional language testing.
IPS English Language Learners, ELL, are:
Students whose first language is not English, and
who, based on observation combined with the results of diagnostic testing using the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment, WIDA, and other designated instruments, are not able to access curriculum and complete grade- level work at IPS because their English language proficiency is insufficient. The focus for ELL designation, according to the WIDA, is on listening comprehension, speaking fluency, and reading accuracy and comprehension. The WIDA diagnostic test is administered by Ms. Merriam Al Nassir, our WIDA-trained ELL specialist.
The Language Specialist works closely with the classroom teacher to provide additional and parallel instruction that takes into account students’ linguistic competence. Goals are set to target and strengthen weaknesses in language skills. Students in the ELL program receive modified marks that reflect specific goals achieved. Assessment is on-going; communication between classroom teacher and Language Specialist is frequent and reflects students’ progress.
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