English Language Learners
All students entering the school system must complete the Home Language Survey section on the registration form. The information in this section determines if further evaluation is needed. Students are evaluated before being admitted into ELL classes and then evaluated each spring to monitor their progress in English language proficiency. The school system uses the IPT to monitor children in grades K-8. In addition, ELL students in grades 2-8 are monitored for progress with the ELDA and the TCAP tests.
Once a child is determined to need ELL services, they are placed in the program. The FSSD uses both a “pull-out” and a collaborative approach. Children are assigned a class within their grade level where they spend most of their academic day. Between 45 minutes and one hour each day are spent with their ELL teacher. The ELL teachers use small group instruction to help children learn English and other academic skills. It takes approximately four to seven years for a child to become fluent in English.