ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages is a program that identifies and serves the linguistic and academic needs of student who enter our school with limited English Proficiency. Students who enter our school system with a first language other than English are identified as English Learners, or ELS.
Students are assessed annually using the ACCESS test to determine proficiency levels. Students are given scores in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Entering (level 1) and Beginning (2) levels receive direct ESOL services, extensive accommodations/modifications in the mainstream classroom.
Developing (3) and Expanding (4) may receive direct services or may be monitored and receive accommodations/modifications as needed.
Bridging (5) is monitored by the ESOL teacher. Accommodations may still be provided if necessary.
Students who exhibit proficiency in all four areas move to monitored status. They are monitored academically for 4 years before being dismissed from the program.
The ESOL program in Aiken County Public School District follows the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards framework. WIDA draws upon mulitiple theories and approaches in an effort to describe language use in academic contexts; this is the language that ELs must acquire and negotiate to participate successfully in school.