Notice of Assistance for ELL

Notice of Assistance for English Learners

Both the state and federal governments have enacted legislation to ensure that students with limited English proficiency, including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. The laws also prohibit discriminating against a student on the basis of national origin and ensure equal educational opportunity for EL (English Learner) students. Districts are required to establish, sustain and improve learning environments which alleviate the barrier caused by the inability to communicate fully and effectively in English. 

As such, the Durand-Arkansaw School District is committed to providing an opportunity for students with limited English proficiency to participate in and benefit from educational programming at school. The purpose of this program is to assist students in developing and improving their level of English proficiency enabling them to achieve academic success while gaining the confidence and social skills necessary to succeed in life. 

The District EL program will include the following elements: identification of limited English Learner (EL) students, assessment of the student’s abilities, programming format, and assessment of student progress and program exit procedures.  Programming for the English Learners will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking. The degree of curriculum modification, the instructional techniques and strategies, the duration and type of program shall be determined individually and be based on student needs.

The language proficiency of EL students will be assessed using the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) approved English proficiency assessment instrument. Students will be classified by language group, grade level, age and English language proficiency. The results of the state-required tests will be consistent with District policies and state guidelines when making instructional, promotion, graduation and program exit decisions.          

If a sufficient number of the students of the same language group are identified as limited English proficient, the Board will establish a bilingual-bicultural education program as required by law.

A complete copy of the district’s policy on English Language Proficiency (Policy #2260.02) can be found on the school district website or by calling the district office at 715-672-8919 to request a copy.