English Language Learners (ELL) content, curriculum and general information.
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ELL Student of the Month at Dracut HS
Sara Tabares - Grade 12
The Dracut Public Schools value the linguistic and cultural diversity of all students and supports the linguistic and academic achievement of English Language Learners (ELLs). An ELL is a limited English proficient (LEP) student whose native language and/or home language is one other than English. ELLs have the dual challenge of acquiring proficiency in English in addition to acquiring academic content area knowledge.
The goal of the ESL Department is to promote the continual development of ELLs as they acquire English proficiency in the four domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as acquiring content area knowledge.
A home language survey is included in the Dracut Public Schools’ registration packet. When a language other than English is indicated the student is referred to the ESL Department and the student’s proficiency is assessed to determine if English instruction if needed. The amount of ESL instruction a student receives depends on their present level of English proficiency and will continue until the student has achieved a level of English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and able to successfully comprehend and access grade level curriculum. The decision to transition a student out of the ESL program will be made after a review of the following information: the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s annual ACCESS for ELLs English proficiency assessment, ELA MCAS scores, and overall classroom performance. ESL instruction and content area support is available to all ELL students in grades K-12 and at all of the six schools within the Dracut Public Schools.