English Learner Programs

Our English Language Coordinator is Sonia Lunceford, in Room 408.

The district offers several programs for students who are English learners. In all of the programs, English learners receive concentrated instruction in the use of the English language that is appropriate for their grade and English language proficiency level. Such instruction must be provided by a teacher with advanced training in special strategies to help students increase their English proficiency and learn academic subjects taught in English.

ELPAC - English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

State and federal law require that districts administer a state test of English language proficiency (ELP) to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It is comprised of two separate ELP assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs), and a second for the annual summative assessment to measure a student's progress in learning English and to identify the student's level of ELP.

Initial & Alternate Initial ELPAC - 2022-23 Initial July 5, 2022 - June 30, 2023 Site Coordinator training: Initial ELPAC Essentials will be located in Safe Schools as well as in person training offered at Ballard Parent Center in late August.

Summative & Alternate Summative ELPAC - FEBRUARY 1, 2023 - MAY 31, 2023 Site ELPAC Coordinator Essentials

Structured English Immersion (SEI)

SEI is an enriched English program that is designed for English learners at the Beginning, Early Intermediate and Intermediate levels of English proficiency. In most cases, SEI program students are clustered and purposefully placed according to English language proficiency level in grade-level classrooms that include native and fluent speakers of English. In these SEI "clusters," English learners typically make up about a third of the total students in the class. In certain cases, an entire class may be composed of English learners with similar proficiency levels, as long as they qualify for the SEI program. SEI teachers provide daily English language development instruction and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE).

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