English Language Learners

The Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District (GLCSD) aims to serve the English Learners (EL) population in an optimal manner. Mississippi’s English Learner (EL) population is growing rapidly, with the state now serving more than 12,100 identified EL students, the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District has designed an aligned English Learners program that meets the federal and state requirements for serving our EL population in a very productive and innovative way. The district’s tutors and coordinator receive ongoing professional development to ensure that our EL students are receiving the instructional support needed to guarantee their success. The information below will provide administrators, general education teachers, EL tutors and other educators with information on how to effectively serve this population.

 

According to ESSA, an EL is defined as an individual:

  •      who is aged 3 through 21;
  •      who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;
  •      who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;
  •      who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and
  •      who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual's level of English language proficiency; or
  •      who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and
  •      whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual —
    •      the ability to meet the State's proficient level of achievement on State assessments;
    •      the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or
    •      the opportunity to participate fully in society

 

Meet the English Learners’ Team:

   

 

Staff Members

Base School

Service Schools

Xiomara Rodriguez

Bankston Elementary

Bankston Elementary

Greenwood Middle/High

Threadgill  Primary/Elementary

Maria Virrey

Leflore Elementary

Leflore Elementary

Claudine Brown Elementary

Juanita Barbosa

East Elementary

East Elementary

Amanda Elzy Junior High

 

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

 

Step 1: HOME LANGUAGE SURVEY A Home Language Survey (HLS) must be completed for each student registering for enrollment in a school in Mississippi. An HLS is a tool to be given to all new entering students and used to identify students who may not be proficient in English. It is strongly recommended the HLS in this document be used for all Mississippi students.

Step 2: THE PLACEMENT TEST FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PLACEMENT The LAS Links Placement Test must be conducted to determine the level of English proficiency and to facilitate appropriate instructional and program placement decisions. Potential EL students identified by the HLS during registration during the beginning of the school year must be assessed for English-language proficiency within 30 calendar days of enrollment. Potential EL students who register after the beginning of the school year must be assessed within 10 school days of enrollment.

Step 3: PARENT AND FAMILY NOTIFICATION Any parent or guardian whose child is receiving or is eligible to receive EL services has the right to decline or opt his or her child out of any or all EL services. The LEAs may not recommend that a parent or guardian opt a child out of EL programs or services for any reason. The LEA must provide guidance in a language parents or guardians can understand to ensure that they understand their child’s rights, the range of EL services that their child could receive, and the benefits of such services.

Step 4: PLACEMENT IN A LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM After ELs have been identified using the LAS Links Placement Test, LEAs must provide ELs with appropriate language assistance services and programs, commonly known as “EL services and programs.” The LEAs have the flexibility to choose the EL services and programs that meet civil rights requirements and best meet the needs of their EL population.

Step 5: DEVELOPING A LANGUAGE SERVICE PLAN The Mississippi Department of Education requires each student designated as an EL to have a Language Service Plan (LSP), which must be updated annually until the student exits the EL program. The Student Evaluation Team (SET) must meet to develop the LSP at the beginning of each academic school year. This team must be composed of teachers (including EL teachers), administrators, counselors, and parents or guardians. The team will meet quarterly to evaluate the student’s progress and make necessary adjustments. A copy of the LSP must be provided to all teachers who work with the EL student.

Step 6: EL DATA ENTRY The accuracy of EL data is of the utmost importance. Once a student has been identified as an EL the district must ensure the student is correctly marked in their student data package. This information will upload to MSIS once the district has submitted their data to the Mississippi Department of Education. Districts should ensure each column on the EL roster screen of MSIS is completed. This information should be checked monthly for accuracy.