English Language Learners

The District shall provide suitable research-based language instructional programs for all identified English Language Learners in grades Kindergarten through grade 12 in accordance with the requirements of state and federal statutes and Massachusetts Department of Education regulations and guidance.

The District shall identify students whose dominant language may not be English through home language surveys (that identify a primary home language as other than English -PHLOTE), observations, intake assessments, and recommendations from parents, teachers and other persons. Identified students shall be assessed annually to determine their level of proficiency in the English language.

The District shall certify to the Massachusetts Department of Education each year those students whose dominant language is not English, including specification of the number of non-English languages identified as dominant languages and the number and percent of students who speak each non-English language as their dominant language.

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