Exiting the ESOL Program
Anderson School District Five follows state guidelines in exiting students from the ESOL program. Using the ACCESS for ELLs assessment, students are evaluated at the end of the year to determine progress and placement in the ESOL program for the following year. This includes those students whose parents have waived direct ESOL services. Students must continue to take ACCESS until they have scored “Fully English Proficient.”
Students who exit the ESOL program will be monitored for a period of four years, per federal guidelines. Services may be reinstated if academic difficulties arise. In determining whether a student’s lack of success in a core subject is due to previous ELL status, factors such as attendance, teacher observation, and standardized test scores are considered. If it is determined that a student is in need of additional ESOL services, appropriate changes will be made in the student’s program.