English Learner Frequently Asked Questions
The English Language Learner (EL) Program is designed to provide direct English instruction and academic support for students who speak a language other than English at home and have been identified as being limited-English speaking or non-English speaking.
When you registered for school in Ashland, you filled out a Home Language Survey and indicated that a language other than English is spoken in your home. Based on this information, we assessed your child’s English language in speaking, listening, reading and writing. We use the test scores to determine if your child should be in the EL program. This program will provide your child with the direct English instruction and academic support to help your child be as successful as possible in school.
Your child will be placed in a regular classroom with English speaking peers. In class your child’s teacher will make the content being taught as accessible as possible to your child. An EL teacher will also work with your child either by him or herself, or in a small group of other students in the EL program to provide your child with direct English instruction. This may take place outside of your child’s regular classroom or in their classroom, and will occur several times a week or daily.
ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for
English Language Learners).
The ACCESS tests your child on their abilities in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The ACCESS is given during the month of January/beginning of February.
MODEL (Measure of Developing English Language)
The MODEL tests your child on their abilities in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The MODEL is given during May.
The ELL teachers use the scores from the ACCESS and the MODEL to determine if your student will continue in the ELL program the following year or when they will be released.
Your child will be assessed each year to see how his or her English language skills are progressing. The assessments will determine if your child is proficient in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. If your child is proficient and the EL teacher and classroom teacher agree that he or she no longer needs to be in the program, your child will be exited from the program. A notification letter will come home to you that you need to sign and return to school.
Ashland High School
Caroll Walden, EL Teacher
Ashland Middle School
MaryLou Destefano, EL Teacher
David Mindess School
Poliana Crnobrnja, EL Teacher
Barbara Girardi, EL Teacher
Jen Marks, EL Teacher
Henry Warren School
Leslie Abbott, EL Teacher
Patricia Callahan, EL Teacher
CJ Wolfram, EL Teacher
Office of Student Services
Kathy Silva, Director