• How was my child found eligible for the ELE program?

    State and federal regulations and guidance state that school districts must assess the English language proficiency of all students whose home language is other than English. Based upon information provided at registration through the Home Language Survey, your child was assessed for eligibility in the ELE program.

    How was my child assessed?

    Preschool

    • Ages 3-5: IPT-Oral (listening and speaking only)

    Kindergarten

    • 1st semester: K MODEL (listening and speaking only)
    • 2nd semester: K MODEL

    Grade 1

    • 1st semester: K MODEL
    • 2nd semester: Grade 1 WIDA Screener

    Grade 2

    • 1st semester: Grade 1 WIDA Screener
    • 2nd semester: Grades 2-3 WIDA Screener

    Grade 3

    • Grades 2-3 WIDA Screener

    Grade 4

    • 1st semester: Grades 2-3 WIDA Screener
    • 2nd semester: Grades 4-5 WIDA Screener

    Grade 5

    • Grades 4-5 WIDA Screener

    Grade 6

    • 1st semester: Grades 4-5 WIDA Screener
    • 2nd semester: Grades 6-8 WIDA Screener

    Grades 7 & 8

    • Grades 6-8 WIDA Screener

    Grade 9

    • 1st semester: Grades 6-8 WIDA Screener
    • 2nd semester: Grades 9-12 WIDA Screener

    Grades 10-12

    • Grades 9-12 WIDA Screener

    IPT-Oral: a paper-based language proficiency assessment in listening and speaking using a game board format with moveable pieces for students to demonstrate linguistic proficiency.

    K MODEL (Kindergarten Measure of Developing English Language): a paper-based language proficiency assessment in listening, speaking, reading, and writing using a storybook, game board, and picture/word cards for students to demonstrate linguistic proficiency

    WIDA Screener: an online language proficiency assessment in listening, speaking, reading, and writing using multiple choice and open response questions with picture, word, and voice prompts

    What do the language scores mean?

    IPT-Oral (3 years old)

    • Score A = Beginning
    • Score B = Early Intermediate/ Intermediate/ Early Advanced
    • Scores C, D, E = Advanced

    IPT-Oral (4 years old)

    • Score A = Beginning
    • Score B = Early Intermediate/ Intermediate
    • Score C = Early Advanced
    • Scores D, E = Advanced

    IPT-Oral (5 years old)

    • Score A = Beginning
    • Score B = Early Intermediate
    • Score C = Intermediate
    • Score D = Early Advanced
    • Score E = Advanced

    K MODEL & WIDA Screener

    • Level 1 = Entering
    • Level 2 = Emerging
    • Level 3 = Developing
    • Level 4 = Expanding
    • Level 5 = Bridging
    • Level 6 = Reaching

    What does the ELE program provide, and when will my child be involved with the program?

    The ELE program develops English language skills both in and out of the classroom. This program occurs as part of your child’s regular school day. Your child's classroom or content teacher will provide content lessons to the whole class with language differentiation for ELs, as needed. Your child will also receive explicit language development instruction with an English Learner educator on a daily basis with a small group of students who share similar levels of English language use.

    Does eligibility in the ELE program mean that my child is performing academically below grade level?

    ELE program eligibility is not based on academic performance. The ELE program celebrates students who use a language other than English and works with these students to ensure that they are effectively accessing the English language needed to perform successfully in content area classes.

    When do students exit from the ELE program?

    The students in the ELE program are assessed every year in January/February using the WIDA ACCESS for ELs. The results of the assessment are used to determine exit from the ELE program or continuation of the ELE program for the following year. A student may exit the ELE program after grade one and after meeting the required scores as set by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for exit. All preschool students will be re-evaluated upon entering kindergarten for continued eligibility in the ELE program.

    Who do I contact if I have a question about the ELE program?

    ELD teachers consult regularly with classroom teachers to discuss progress and are always available to meet with families, as requested. Please contact your child’s ELD teacher or the ELE Coordinator (see contact information page) with any questions or concerns.