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Policies » Section I: Instruction » IHBBA: Limited English Proficiency Instruction

Policy Date: 06/05/2008

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If the District receives federal funding for English Language Learner (ELL) Programs, the following will be provided:
1. Parents will be notified of their student’s placement in a language program and their options associated with that placement. Notification will include the reasons for identifying the child as ELL and the reasons for placing the child in the specific program.
2. Students will participate in regular assessments in a manner that will yield an accurate assessment. Test waivers may be granted on a case-by-case basis for ELL students who demonstrate unusual and unique circumstances; however, students who have been educated in the United States for three years are required to participate in reading/language arts assessment in English.
3. Certification that teachers in the program are fluent in English as well as other languages used in instruction (if the district receives sub-grants).
4. Evaluation of the program and the academic success and language achievement of the students in the program. Parents will be notified of:
A. Their child’s level of English proficiency and how such level was assessed.
B. The status of their child’s academic achievement.
C. The method of instruction used in the program in which the child is placed and the methods of instruction used in other available programs.
D. Information as to how the program will meet their child’s educational strengths, assist him/her to learn English, and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards.
E. Exit requirements for the program.
F. If the child has a disability, a statement as to how the ELL will meet objectives of the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Appendix IHBBA-R

Legal Reference: P.L. 107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Adopted: June 5, 2008


Dear Parent/Guardian:

Your child,______________________________________ , has been identified as needing help to learn

English. To help improve his/her English skills, we have placed him/her in a________________________

(name of program)

He/she has been identified as a “Limited English Proficient/English Language Learner” (LEP/ELL) student and in need of help to learn English because:



Specifically, your child has the following levels of English Language skills:



We determined those levels in the following ways:



The status of your child’s academic achievement is:



Please see the attached pages for more specific information on the program we have chosen to improve your child’s English skills.

If applicable: The district offers other programs for English instruction. The attached pages explain how the other programs are different from your child’s program. If there are other programs available, you have the right to request that your child be removed from his/her current program immediately and placed in another program. If you want to do this, we will assist you in selecting a program for your child.

We encourage you to become involved in your child’s education. You can help him/her to learn English, achieve in his/her other academic classes, and meet the same standards that all students are expected to meet.

The district will hold regular meetings at least twice a year for parents/guardians of English learners, which we encourage you to attend. At those meetings, we will help you understand the goals of your child’s program and assist you in ways to help your children. We are always ready to listen and respond to any questions and recommendations.

Please read the attached pages carefully. If you have any questions about your child’s program, or if you would like to change your child’s program, we would like you to speak with_______________________________________________. All of us in the district are excited about improving your child’s English and overall academic skills.




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