Characteristics of Students
The term limited English proficient, when used with respect to an individual, means an individual –
(A) who is aged 3 through 21;
(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary or secondary school;
(C) (i) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; (ii) (I) who is Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and (II) 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 (iii) 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
(D) whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual – (i)the ability to meet the State’s proficient level of achievement on State assessments described in section 1111(b)(3); (ii)the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or (iii)the opportunity to participate fully in society.
Definition provided by Department of Elementary and Secondary Education(DESE)
The Smithville School District provides English Language Learner services designed to increase English Language proficiency and to promote access to and increased academic progress toward state and district curriculum standards. The goal for every ELL student is that they will read at grade-level in English. To aid with meeting this goal students receive in class support or are pulled out for more intensive support as needed. Finish line ELLs 2.0 is also used as a strategic intervention to provide additional support to those students who need it.
To help meet the educational needs of all students, Smithville School District offers an English Language Learners (ELL) program at the elementary and secondary level.