ENGLISH LEARNERS

 

Generally

 

The Alleghany County School Board provides programs to improve the education of English learners by assisting the children to learn English and meet Virginia’s challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards.

 

The School Board accepts and provides programs for students for whom English is a second language who entered school in Virginia for the first time after reaching their 12th birthday, and who have not reached age 22 on or before August 1 of the school year. No tuition is charged such students, if state funding is provided for such programs.

 

Assessments

 

The School Board annually assesses the English proficiency of all English learners.

 

Notification of Programs for English Learners

 

The School Board, not later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year, informs a parent or the parents of an English learner identified for participation in, or participating in, a program for English learners, of

·         the reasons for the identification of their child as an English learner and in need of placement in a language instruction education program;

·         the child’s level of English proficiency, how that level was assessed and the status of the child’s academic achievement;

·         the method of instruction used in the program in which their child is, or will be, participating, and the methods of instruction used in other available programs, including how such programs differ in content, instruction goals, and use of English and a native language in instruction;

·         how the program in which their child is, or will be, participating will meet the educational strengths and needs of the child;

·         how such program will specifically help their child learn English, and meet age appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation;

·         the specific exit requirements for such program, the expected rate of transition from such program into classrooms that are not tailored for English learners, and the expected rate of graduation from high school (including four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates and extended-year adjusted cohort graduation rates for such program);

·         in the case of a child with a disability, how such program meets the objectives of the individualized education program of the child; and

·         information pertaining to parental rights that includes written guidance

·         detailing the right that parents have to have their child immediately removed from such program upon their request and the options that parents have to decline to enroll their child in such program or to choose another program or method of instruction, if available, and

·         assisting parents in selecting among various programs and methods of instruction, if more than one program or method is offered by the school division.

 

For a child who has not been identified as an English learner prior to the beginning of the school year but is identified as an English learner during the school year, the School Board provides the notice detailed above within 2 weeks of the child being placed in the program.

 

The information described above is provided to parents in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that the parent can understand.

 

Notification of Availability of Testing Accommodations

 

Each high school principal or principal’s designee notifies each English learner of the availability of testing accommodations available for industry certifications, state licensure examinations, national occupational competency assessments, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and the Virginia workplace readiness skills assessment prior to the student's participation in any such certification, examination, assessment, or battery.

 

Adopted:          June 24, 2019

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Legal Ref.:      20 U.S.C. §§ 6311, 6312, 6825.

 

Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§ 22.1-5, 22.1-253.13:4.

 

Cross Ref.:      IA                                 Instructional Goals and Objectives

IGBC                           Parent and Family Engagement