Mission To provide high quality, research-based, data driven ESL services to meet the federal requirements of AMAOs. To develop, monitor, and continuously improve aligned ESL human and resource services for priority schools. Federal Programs: English as a Second Language (ESL) The number of English language learners in American schools has more than doubled over the past 20 years. The ESL Program is designed to teach identified Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. English proficiency is developed so students can gain full access to the Common Core and Essential Standards, graduate with a diploma, and successfully function in American life. The program provides support to ESL teachers and classroom teachers who directly serve LEP students. With the combined efforts of the classroom teacher, ESL teacher, and/or ESL tutor, students receive services according to their language needs to acquire language proficiency and achieve academic success. In addition, the program provides support and professional development for Craven County Schools’ staff, as well as community organizations. All newly-enrolled language minority students, identified by a Home Language Survey, are given an assessment to establish eligibility, as well as to determine proper services and placement in the ESL program. This assessment (W-APT), along with multiple criteria, is given within the first 30 days of school and 14 days thereafter. During the school year, the student may receive services in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing which tie into the language of content and academic language. Also, a spring annual assessment (ACCESS for ELLs®) is administered to all LEP students, which allows teachers to monitor the progress and growth students have made throughout the school year. With more than 500 students speaking over 32 different languages currently being served and monitored by the ESL program, Craven County’s Limited English Proficient population is a high priority in our district.
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