• What is the ESL program?

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    Fauquier County Public Schools offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) program designed to meet the needs of the English Language Learners (ELLs) who live in our district.  The mission of the FCPS ESL program is for ELLs to demonstrate progress and proficiency in English, as determined by the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs® assessment.  Additionally, ELLs will show adequate progress in academic subjects every year as required of all students by the Virginia Department of Education.

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  • Who qualifies as an ESL student?

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    During initial enrollment in FCPS, a home language registration form (HLRF) is completed for all students.  If a language other than English is indicated on the HLRF, students are given an English language proficiency assessment.  Results of the proficiency assessment are used to determine the student's eligibility to receive instructional support from the ESL program.  Students are placed in the appropriate instructional program based on their academic and language needs.

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  • How do I know if my child qualifies to receive ESL support?

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    Parents are notified in writing within the first 30 days of school each school year if their child qualifies for ESL services.  If a student transfers to FCPS after the first 30 days of school, parents are notified within 2 weeks of the student's enrollment. 

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  • How does a student exit from the ESL program?

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    Students exit from the ESL program by attaining proficiency in English as determined by the Virginia Department of Education.  Proficiency is attained by scoring a 5.0 on the literacy and overall composite scores on the ACCESS for ELLs test. 

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  • What is the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs?

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    WIDA ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners' social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English used within the school context as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies across the four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing).

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