E L L
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
Welcome to Algonkian Elementary's English Language Learners (ELL) website. In this website you will find information about the ELL program at A;gonkian, as well as the district eligibility and program guidelines.
LCPS ELL Guidelines
Eligibility for the ELL program is based on information on the initial school registration form. Any indication that English is a second language for the student, requires that the student be tested for English language fluency. A standardized test, the WIDA Access Placement Test, is then given to determine the level of English language proficiency. If a student is eligible to receive ELL services, an appropriate program of instruction will be designed for him/her. This may include direct language instruction in the ELL classroom and/or support from the ELL staff in the regular classroom.
Student progress is evaluated in the spring of every year using the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs test.
Students receive ELL support until they are able to demonstrate a level of English proficiency that allows them to work successfully in the regular classroom. It is important to note that while verbal proficiency may be rapidly acquired, proficiency in academic subjects may take seven to ten years.
ELL Program Completion
Students are moved out of the ELL program when they have achieved a high degree of fluency and accuracy when speaking, are able to read and comprehend a wide range of texts, and are approaching fluency in writing in the content areas with minimal errors.