English Language Learners
The Oak Park School District provides every child, regardless of national origin or native language, quality, and meaningful educational instruction. Consequently, students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) are provided instructional services through a Bilingual/ESL program that is designed to meet their unique needs.
- Was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant
- Is a Native American, Alaska Native, or native resident of outlying areas and comes from an environment where language other than English has had a significant impact in the individual’s level of English language proficient; or
- Is migratory, speaks a native language other than English, and comes from an environment where language other than English is dominant
- Ensure that ELL students, including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency based on state expectations, and meet the same academic content and achievement standards that all children are expected to meet.
- Provide parental notification as to why their child is in need of placement in a specialized language instruction program.
- Administer reading assessments using tests written in English to any student who has attended school in the United States for 3 or more consecutive years, unless it is determined by the school district, on a case-by-case basis, that native-language tests will yield more accurate results.
- Test at least 95% of those students identified as ELL in reading/language arts and math, and by 2006 in science, required by all public school students in the state. The assessment should be designed to provide information on the proficiency of ELL students to master English.
- Assess in a language and a format most likely to elicit the above information and which would allow the state and local school district to make testing accommodations (such as developing an assessment in a student’s native language, providing translation help and/or conducting an oral test).
- Report the tests scores of ELL students as one of the subgroups to be disaggregated, and as part of the state, district and school test scores for all of the students.
- Involve ELL parents in the decision-making process of Title III programs and activities at both the state and local levels.