The English Language Learner program (ELL) is intended to identify and serve students who need English language support services. The program screens all students upon their initial entry into the District to determine whether the student’s home environment includes a language other than English and whether the student has limited English proficiency (LEP). Students identified as LEP are given ELL services by an English language learner teacher. Students receive services as needed which include acquisition of English in reading, writing, listening, and speaking guided by the English Language Proficiency Standards (found here). ELL students are assessed annually using the state Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA). When the student meets appropriate transitional criteria, the student exits the ELL program.
The ELL program is mandated under both Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition, the 1974 Lau v. Nichols ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Equal Education Opportunities Act of 1974 require school districts to take affirmative steps to ensure that ELL students can meaningfully participate in their educational programs and services.