Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Learners (ACCESS for ELs): A state-mandated English language proficiency assessment given annually to students identified as English learners in grades kindergarten through twelve
English Language Development (ELD): explicit and direct instruction in English to promote English language development
English Learner (EL): a student who is found eligible for the ELE program
English Learner Education (ELE): a program for students who have been found eligible through assessment after identification of a language other than English on the home language survey
Former English Learner (FEL): a student who has met the criteria for exit from the ELE program
*FEL students will be monitored for four years after exiting the ELE program.
Newcomer: a foreign-born student who has arrived in the USA within the 12 months.
Sheltered Content Instruction (SCI): differentiated instruction that includes approaches, strategies, and methodology that makes the content comprehensible and promotes academic English language development
Sheltered English Immersion (SEI): an ELE program that incorporates strategies to make content area instruction more comprehensible to ELs and to promote language development
Student with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE): A student in the English learner program, aged 8-21, who functions two or more years below expected grade level in literacy and numeracy as a result of limited or interrupted formal schooling prior to entering the United States
Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE): an ELE program for ELs to be able to achieve long-term academic success through English-medium instruction in general education classrooms. Although the home language is used for instructional purposes, the transitional nature of the program does not support the further development of the students’ home language.
*TBE programs are not currently offered in Hopkinton Public Schools.
Two-Way Immersion (TWI): An ELE dual language program designed to promote bilingualism and biliteracy, cross-cultural competency, and high levels of academic achievement for both native English speakers and ELs from a single language background.
*TWI programs are not currently offered in Hopkinton Public Schools.
WIDA (World-class Instructional Design and Assessment): a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners