Standford University - Better understand language to support EL students
Colorin Colorado - Variety of resources for Parents & Educators
WIDA Consortium - EL Standards for quality EL programming and connection to core content
National Geographic - Evidence-Based Research for EL program materials. (Type in "Reach" for Elementary Level, "Inside" for Middle School Level, and "Edge" for High School Level)
Type of Student:
1. Immigrant- New to U.S
2. Immigrant- Individual has resided in the U.S. for a period of time prior to moving to Scott County Schools. Students who have been in U.S. schools 3 years or more are no longer classified as "Immigrant."
3. “Primary Refugee”- Individual has refugee status and is new to U.S (Resettlement Documentation Papers required)
4. “Secondary Refugee”- Individual has resided in the U.S. for a period of time and moved to Scott County (Resettlement Documentation Papers required)
State ACCESS Testing: Part of Kentucky's State Accountability System
All EL students must take the state ACCESS Test each year in order to determine their English language proficiency (ELP). The ACCESS Test assesses ELP in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The scores in the areas are then combined in order to provide ELP scores in Literacy (reading + writing), Oral Language (listening + speaking) and an Overall ELP Score.
The ACCESS Test has three Tiers of difficulty:
Tier I is intended for students at the beginning to lower intermediate levels of English proficiency
Tier B is intended for students who are at the lower intermediate to lower advanced levels of proficiency
Tier C is intended for students at the advanced levels of proficiency
ELL Exit Criteria:
In the state of Kentucky, EL students are eligible to exit from EL Programs when they achieve an overall score of 4.5 or higher on a Tier B or C ACCESS Test. The student must also have a Literacy Score of 4.0 or higher. Once exited, students are monitored for a four year period. If monitored students demonstrate academic difficulty, then the EL student may receive additional supports through the EL program. Once exited, regardless of monitoring supports, students will not be required to take state ACCESS testing again.