English Language Learners (ELL)
Saint Mark Catholic School affirms the value of the languages and cultures of all students and provides specialized instruction to students in need of English Language Learning (ELL).
The ELL Program is designed to support student’s English language acquisition and monitor student progress in English language proficiency. Through the following language domains we build Oral Language, Literacy and Comprehension skills with all ELL students:
In accordance with Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, all states are required to identify the languages other than English present in their student population, assess the language proficiency of students in order to place them in the appropriate language development program, and administer an annual assessment of English proficiency to include the students’ oral language, reading, and writing skills in English
Indiana schools including St. Mark adopted the WorldClass Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English language development standards and joined the WIDA consortium to adopt the corresponding English language proficiency assessments. Students Language Proficiency will be evaluated annually using the WIDA ACCESS assessment. Results will be provided to parents, teachers, and ELL staff to indicate the extent to which the ELL student listens, speaks, reads, and writes English.
WIDA English Language Proficiency Levels
A brief definition of the levels of English language proficiency from 1 (Entering) to the highest level 6 (Reaching) can be found on www.wida.us or by reviewing your child’s individual report.