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Jenny Hale
jhale@hcps.us

Mrs. Hale is a district ESL teacher, home-based at Laurel Meadow Elementary School.  She services English Language Learners (ELLs) and provides support to teachers at LMES and four other elementary schools in Hanover County.

The purpose of the ESL program is to help ELLs learn English as quickly as possible through specific ESL instruction and to help them be successful in their school programs and adjust culturally to life in America.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is part of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium, a non-profit cooperative of states working together to meet the federal requirements for ELLs with innovative standards and assessments. 

Students who meet the federal definition of Limited English Proficient (LEP) are given the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT), a screening test to help identify students in need of ESL program support and placement.  Students who qualify for services receive ESL instruction throughout the school year using the WIDA ELP (English Language Proficiency) standards as the model for instruction.  At the end of the school year student progress is assessed by giving the ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners), an English language proficiency test developed to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind testing and reporting of English proficiency.  Students who meet the benchmark testing criteria are exited from the ESL program.

 

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