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ESL Information for Parents

Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) Services
Wilkes County Schools is committed to providing ESL services in the least restrictive manner possible. Therefore, a variety of services are offered to EL students. The type of service offered is determined by the proficiency level and the needs of the student. The rate of transition, or the average amount of time it takes for a child to reach superior proficiency in the ESL program, is expected to be 3-5 years.
 
You may contact your child's school principal, ESL teacher, school parent liaison, school interpreter, or the Director of ESL with any comment, questions, or concerns that you might have about your child's English language skills.
 
We encourage and invite you to become a participant in your child's education.
 
The tables below describe the continuation of services we offer to our EL students:
Context
Wilkes County Schools is a mid-size local education agency that serves approximately 9,600 students. The majority of EL students come from a Hispanic/Latino background. The LEA provides strong support for all ELs and a small teacher-to-student ratio. One teacher may serve more than one school; the average caseload for an ESL teacher in Wilkes County is 50 students, including Exited Monitored students. The average EL population served by ESL services usually stays around 500 students. The EL plan is developed at the district level and for each EL student with collaboration from content/grade teachers.
 
Criteria
Category:  Developing Category:  Progressing Category:  Emerging
Generally proficiency levels - 1-2 R/W
Year in US Schools <2
May not be meeting HS graduation requirements or struggling academically; non-literate in first language.
Generally proficiency levels - 3-4 R/W
Years in US Schools >2, long-term ELs not meeting HS graduation requirements or struggling academically. Level of service may vary depending on proficiency level in writing for this category.
Generally proficiency level - 4 R/W
Years in US Schools varies
May be meeting HS graduation requirements and/or succeeding academically in most subject areas or language domains.
 
Services:  Elementary School
Category:  Developing Category:  Progressing Category:  Emerging
K-5:  Pull out 5 days a week for a minimum of 30-45 minutes. Some co-teaching, content teachers SIOP trained, appropriate instructional modifications in place, after-school tutoring provided at participating schools, and some TAs available for additional support.
K-5:  Mostly pull out to focus on specific skill sets identified through data reflection, many content teachers SIOP trained, appropriate instructional modifications in place, after-school tutoring provided.
K-5:  Mostly served by SIOP trained teachers. ESL support as needed for teachers (coaching, ELL strategies) and student (1-on-1, small group, content specific) to meet specific language needs as identified through data reflection. Appropriate instructional modifications in place.
 
Services:  Middle School
Category:  Developing Category:  Progressing Category:  Emerging
6-8:  Content-based ESL class for 45 minutes per day. Content teacher team SIOP and students strategically scheduled. Appropriate instructional modifications in place, and after- school tutoring provided in schools.
6-8:  Some content-based ESL classes for 45 minutes per day, some pull out. Content teacher team SIOP and students strategically scheduled. Appropriate instructional modifications in place and some after-school tutoring proved in most schools. 6-8:  Mostly served by SIOP trained teachers, ESL support as needed for teachers (coaching, ELL strategies) and student (1-on-1, small group, content specific) to meet specific language needs as identified through data reflection. Appropriate instructional modifications in place.
 
Services:  High School
Category:  Developing Category:  Progressing Category:  Emerging
9-12:  All schools offer content-based ESL class for 90 minutes per day. Content teachers SIOP and student clustered. Appropriate instructional modifications in place.
9-12:  Some content-based ESL classes for 90 minutes per day. Appropriate instructional modifications in place. 9-12:  Served by SIOP trained teachers. ESL support as needed for teachers (coaching, ELL strategies) and student (1-on-1, small group, content specific) to meet specific language needs as identified through data reflection. Appropriate instructional modifications in place.