6:160 English Learners

The District offers opportunities for resident English Learners to develop high levels of academic attainment in English and to meet the same academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to attain. The Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a program for English Learners that will:

  1. Assist all English Language to achieve English proficiency, facilitate effective communication in English, and encourage their full participation in school activities and programs as well as promote participation by the parents/guardians of English Learners.
  2. Appropriately identify students with limited English proficiency.
  3. Comply with State law regarding the Transitional Bilingual Educational Program (TBE) or Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI), whichever is applicable.
  4. Comply with any applicable State and federal requirements for the receipt of grant money for English Learners and programs to serve them.
  5. Determine the appropriate instructional program and environment for English Learners.
  6. Annually assess the English proficiency of English Learners and monitor their progress in order to determine their readiness for a mainstream classroom environment.
  7. Include English Learners, to the extent required by State and federal law, in the District’s student assessment program to measure their achievement in reading/language arts and mathematics.
  8. Provide information to the parents/guardians of English Learners about: (1) the reasons for their child’s identification, (2) their child’s level of English proficiency, (3) the method of instruction to be used, (4) how the program will meet their child’s needs, (5) specific exit requirements of the program, (6) how the program will meet their child’s individualized education program, if applicable, and (7) information on parent/guardian rights.  Parents/guardians will be regularly apprised of their child’s progress and involvement will be encouraged.

Parent Involvement

Parents/guardians of English Learners will be: (1) given an opportunity to provide input to the program, and (2) provided notification regarding their child’s placement in, and information about, the District’s English Language programs.

This program is to be monitored and evaluated annually with a written report to the Board that includes the number of students enrolled, student academic performance, and cost of the program.

Cross Reference: 

6:015 School Accountability

6:170 Title I Programs

6:340 Student Testing and Assessment Program

Legal Reference(s): 

20 U.S.C. §§6312-6319 and 6801.

34 C.F.R. Part 200.

105 ILCS 5/14C-1 et seq.

23 Ill.Admin.Code Part 228.

Date Adopted:   June 28, 2011

Date Amended:  August 9, 2016