English Learner Program
The English Language Learner Program provides services for students who have a language other than English in their home and are not yet fully proficient in English. The goals of the program are at to:
- Help students develop both social and academic English
- Support students as they work toward meeting the state's grade-level content area standards
- Encourage students as they develop cross-cultural proficiency
English Learner Students at SCUSD are a diverse group of students comprising approximately 25% of the total student population and representing more than 50 languages with Spanish (22%), Vietnamese (4%), and Tagalog (4%) being the major language groups districtwide.
What is English Language Development (ELD)?
English Language Development (ELD) is the language arts curriculum for all currently identified English language learners. The curriculum is based on the State’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards and provides a pathway for English learners of all proficiency levels to eventually meet or exceed the regular grade-level English Language Arts Standards. The state’s ELD standards are available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov//sp/el/er/eldstandards.asp.
All identified English Learners must receive level-appropriate ELD from a certificated teacher until they are reclassified out of the English learner program. For students at the Beginning stages of English proficiency, the instruction will focus on basic vocabulary development, oral language development, and foundational reading and writing skills. At the higher levels of proficiency, the ELD curriculum provides support for students to meet the regular grade-level English Language Arts Standards. In addition to ELD, English learners will also receive instruction in other content areas (math, social science, electives) with appropriate support.
Yearly Assessment of English Learners
Students who are identified as English Learners take the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) each year. This test is administered at the start of the school year for new ELs in the district and between February and May for annual students.
When an identified English Learner reaches a specific level of English proficiency, as determined by results on the CELDT test, the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the California Standards Test (CST) and teacher and parent input, the student is reclassified and exited from the English Learner Program.
English Learners Parent Committees
These committees give the parents of our English Learners the opportunity to learn more about the English Learner program and to give advice on our programs for English Learners.