Santa Rita Union SD | BP 6174 Instruction
Education For English Language Learners
The Board of Trustees intends to provide English language learners with challenging curriculum and instruction that develop proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible in order to assist students in accessing the full educational program and achieving the district's academic standards. The district's program shall be based on sound instructional theory and shall be adequately supported so that English language learners can achieve results at the same academic level as their English-proficient peers in the regular course of study.
The Board encourages staff to exchange information with staff in other districts and the county office of education about programs, options and strategies for English language learners that succeed under various demographic conditions.
(cf. 4112.22 - Staff Teaching Students of Limited English Proficiency)
The Superintendent or designee shall maintain procedures which provide for the identification, assessment and placement of English language learners and for their redesignation based on criteria adopted by the Board and specified in administrative regulations.
To evaluate program effectiveness, the Superintendent or designee shall regularly examine program results, including reports of the English language learners' academic achievement, their progress towards proficiency in English and the progress of students who have been redesignated as fluent English proficient. The Superintendent or designee shall periodically report these findings to the Board and shall also provide the Board with regular reports from any district or schoolwide English learner advisory committees.
(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)
Type of Instruction
Students who are English language learners shall be educated through "structured English immersion" (Accelerated Language Academy) during a temporary transition period not normally intended to exceed one year. "Nearly all" of the classroom instruction in the district's sheltered English immersion program shall be in English, but with the curriculum and presentation designed for students who are learning the language. (Education Code 305, 306)
The district has defined the term "nearly all" as follows:
All classroom instruction shall be conducted in English except for clarification, explanation and support as needed.
When an English language learner has acquired a reasonable level of English proficiency as measured by any of the state-designated assessments approved by the California Department of Education or any locally developed assessments and using other criteria developed by the district, he/she shall be transferred from a structured English immersion classroom to an English language mainstream classroom in which the instruction is "overwhelmingly" in English. (Education Code 305; 5 CCR 11301)
An English language learner has acquired a "reasonable level of English proficiency" when he/she has met redesignation criteria.
English language learners who demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency in English shall be transferred from the Accelerated Language Academy (ALA) to the Transitional English Program (TEP).
(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)
(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)
(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)
Upon the request of his/her parent/guardian, a student shall be placed in an English language mainstream classroom. (5 CCR 11301)
Parental Exception Waivers
At any time during the school year, the parent/guardian of an English language learner may have his/her child moved into an English language mainstream program.
Parent/guardian requests for waivers from Education Code 305 regarding placement in a sheltered English immersion program shall be granted in accordance with law and administrative regulation.
If the Superintendent or designee denies the waiver request, he/she shall provide a written justification to the parent/guardian describing the reasons for the denial. A parent/guardian may appeal the Superintendent's decision in writing to the Board. The Board may consider the matter at its next regular Board meeting. The Board may decide not to hear the appeal, in which case the Superintendent's decision shall be final. If the Board hears the appeal, the Superintendent shall send the Board's decision to the parent/guardian within seven working days.
33308.5 CDE guidelines not binding
48985 Notices to parents in language other than English
51101 Rights of parents to information
51101.1 Rights for parents of English learners
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
4320 Determination of funding to support program to overcome the linguistic difficulties of English learners
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6312 Local education agency plans
Valeria G. v. Wilson, (9th Circuit) 2002 U.S. App. Lexis 20956
California Teachers Association et al. v. State Board of Education et al., (9th Circuit, 2001) 271 F.3d 1141
McLaughlin v. State Board of Education, (1999) 75 Cal.App.4th 196
Teresa P. et al v. Berkeley Unified School District et al, (1989) 724 F.Supp. 698
Casteneda v. Pickard, (5th Cir. 1981) 648 F.2d 989
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
83 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 40 (2000)
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Guidelines for Reclassification of English Learners, September 2002
Accommodations for the California English Language Development Test, Revised 8/13/01
Policy SANTA RITA UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: April 16, 1992 Salinas, California
revised: March 17, 1994
revised: February 21, 2008