Multilingual Family and Student Information

Information for Multilingual families and students

 

Overview

English learners (ELs) will receive English Language Development services that support their academic success in all areas of school. Your child will work with an English Language Development teacher to move toward using academic English similar to grade-level peers. Academic English is the language needed to be successful in the school setting.

English Language Development (ELD) teachers advocate for your child to be successful in all areas at school. These teachers provide academic language instruction and classroom support that is:

  • At grade-level
  • Aligned with content instruction and standards
  • Challenging, in order to support your student to reach English proficiency.

English Language Development (ELD) services is the research-based language instruction ELD teachers provide to English learners, and it is focused on academic English aligned to grade-level standards.


How does my child qualify to receive English Language Development (ELD) services?

  1. Your child enrolls in a school in the Roseville Area School District. All students who enroll in Roseville complete the Minnesota Home Language Survey.

  2. When your family indicates that your child uses another language than English, your child will have the opportunity to show his or her knowledge of English by answering questions in English through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

  3. If your child needs language support in any or all of these areas, your child will qualify to receive English services with a licensed ELD teacher.

  4. Once your child qualifies for ELD services, the ELD teacher will determine the appropriate level of instruction and/or courses for your child to be successful and continue to move toward English proficiency.

You have the right to decline initial testing. If your child is in grades 7-12, speak with staff at Central Enrollment. If your child is in grades K-6, speak with an ELD teacher at your school.

 

What does English proficiency mean?

English proficiency means to be able to listen, speak, read, and write the English language in an academic setting similar to grade-level, native English-speaking peers.

 

How will my child move toward English proficiency?

  • All students at every grade level need grade-level content instruction and an academic language focus. Your child will receive explicit instruction in academic English to support his or her mastery of content learning in the classroom.

  • Your child will receive English instruction that aligns with and supports classroom content and Common Core State Standards. 

  • Your child will receive evidence-based instruction, based on the research and recommendations of Jeff Zwiers (2014), Maria Brisk (2015) and Fountas & Pinnell (2019).

  • Your child may receive English Language Development services in one or more of these ways, depending on his or her grade level:

    • Targeted Services (K-6): students in the same grade or with similar proficiency levels work together towards the same language goals; ELD services take place in the ELD teacher’s room with a small group of students

    • Co-teaching in a content area (K-6): the ELD teacher and classroom teacher deliver the content and language instruction collaboratively to an entire classroom of learners; in this setting, the ELD teacher joins the classroom teacher to collaboratively deliver instruction, often within a specific content area, such as math or language arts

    • ELD courses (7-12): ELD teachers provide explicit and targeted language instruction to students with similar proficiency levels.

    • Sheltered content courses (7-12): ELD teachers provide language and content instruction simultaneously to level 1-3 students.  Taught by an ELD teacher or content teacher, students receive instruction in grade-level aligned content, and engage in listening, speaking, reading, and writing using the language of the content area.  Students take sheltered content courses in addition to at least one ELD course.  

    • Co-taught courses (7-12): ELD teachers provide language instruction within mainstream classes for level 3 and 4 students.  Grade-level content and language instruction is delivered collaboratively by an ELD and content teacher.  Students engage in reading, writing, speaking, and listening using the language of the content area.     

  • Your child’s ELD services will be scheduled to best support his or her learning. 

    • (K-6) Your child will receive core instruction in reading and math with his or her classroom teacher. As often as possible, your child’s ELD services will be scheduled during non-instructional time, so that he or she will be able to fully participate in grade-level content instruction and activities.

    • (7-12) Your child will receive ELD instruction appropriate to the level of his or her language needs.

  • You have the right to decline ELD services for your child. Speak with an ELD teacher at your school.

 

How does my child show that he or she is making growth toward English proficiency?

  • All students who qualify for ELD services are assessed each year with the ACCESS for ELLs test (ACCESS for ELLs means: Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners). 

  • This test is taken by English learners in 40 U.S. states and territories to show current mastery of academic English and growth toward English proficiency. 

  • The ACCESS shows language growth in five areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and overall language proficiency.

  • Parent(s) will be notified of their child’s results in the fall of the following school year.

  • You have the right to decline annual testing on the ACCESS. Speak with an ELD teacher at your school.

 

How does my child qualify to exit from the English Language Development (ELD) program?

  • A student receiving ELD services must meet exit criteria on the ACCESS as determined by the Minnesota Department of Education.

  • Parent(s) will be notified of their child’s results in the fall of the following school year.

 

How will my child’s language needs continue to be met after he or she exits from the English Language Development (ELD) program?

 

  • After your child exits from the ELD program, he or she will continue to be monitored by an ELD teacher, along with the classroom or content teacher, to make sure that your child is able to continue to meet grade-level standards. 

  • If your child shows that he or she could benefit from further language support, your child’s language needs will be evaluated and the ELD teacher will contact you to discuss additional English services.

 

How effective is the English Language Development program in Roseville Area Schools?

The average time in Roseville for students in the ELD program (from when a student begins ELD services to when he or she exits) is less than the state’s recommendation.

  • Roseville’s average: 4.75 years to proficiency

  • State recommendation: 7 years to proficiency

The rate of 4-year graduation for English learners in the Roseville Area School District is higher than the state’s rate.

  • Roseville’s rate of 4-year graduation for English learners: 81.7%

  • Minnesota’s rate of 4-year graduation for English learners: 65.5%

 

How can our family get cultural and language support from Roseville Area Schools?

Roseville Area Schools Cultural Liaisons