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.