What is ESOL?
ESOL is a state and federal mandated program for
students who speak or have a second language spoken at home. The ESOL
program strives to assist students in assimiliating into the school
environment with the ultimate objective of maximizing student
performance and improving English language skills. The program also
strives to establish a connection with the families in an attempt to involve them into the school community. This dual approach assures that ESOL students and their families become involved in the school community to the greatest extent possible.
How are students identified for ESOL services?
Home Language Survey is completed at the time of school registration.
If there is an indication of a language other than English, the form is
forwarded to the ESOL teacher. After a review of information, the
student’s English skills are assessed with either the W-APT or the
MODEL. Eligibility for services is based on those test results. Parents
may not opt-out of this initial assessment
If ESOL services are recommended, is participation required?
parents may choose to decline ESOL services for their child, but under
Federal law, if the child is eligible for ESOL, the child must take an
annual assessment (ACCESS) until their scores indicate English
proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
How are students exited from ESOL identification?
or not a student receives ESOL services, annual testing is required by
Federal law and New Hampshire State Standards for English Language
Learners. The state of New Hampshire uses the ACCESS to fulfill these
requirements. During the winter, students eligible for ESOL services are
assessed in the four language areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and
Writing. Students must score a composite of no less than 5.0 with no
language domain score less than 4.0 to be considered proficient in the
What is Title III?
Title III is a federal
grant program that provides financial assistance to school districts to
ensure that children who are limited English proficient attain English
proficiency and meet the same challenging state academic content all
children are expected to meet.
For more information, visit www.education.nh.gov