Q: What is ESL?
A: ESL stands for "English as a Second Language" which is now known as "English Language Learning" or ELL. The program is designed to help students whose first language is NOT English, obtain English language skills needs for academic and social success.
Q: How does a student qualify for ESL?
A: When students to arrive to Madison High School or Madison Junior School they will receive a screener test called the WAPT. This test is used to determine the level of English the student has and then can further decide which English classes the student will receive in their schedule.
Q: How does a student exit ESL?
A: A student exits ESL when they have gained proficiency in English. This is determined in a few ways. 1. If they score a 4.5 or higher overall on the ACCESS test. 2. If they are receiving high grades in their other academic classes. 3. If the ESL teacher and other content area teachers collectively agree that the student will be successful without additional English support.
Q: What is the ACCESS for ELLs test?
A: This test is a secure country wide English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners. The test is used to help students and families understand their level of language proficiency and development. It is also one of the measures used to determine whether students are prepared to exit the ESL program. The students will be assessed once a year, as long as they are in the program and you will notified ahead of time when the test is coming up. Students do not need to study for this assessment, just be prepared and try their hardest so that we may get an accurate representation of their language development.