English Language Learners (ELL)
The Dover Sherborn Public Schools focuses on advancing the academic language development and academic achievement of English Language Learners (ELL).
Who qualifies for English Language Education (ELE)?
Upon entering any of the Dover Sherborn Public Schools, parents/guardians are asked to complete a Home Language Survey on which they disclose information regarding the language spoken in one's home.If this survey indicates a home language other than English, then an English Language Proficiency assessment will be administered. The assessment defines a child's proficiency with social and academic language.
Home Language Survey in English
Home Language Survey in Chinese
Home Language Survey in Portuguese
Home Language Survey in Haitian
Home Language Survey in Spanish
Home Language Survey in Urdu
Home Language Survey in Farsi
Home Language Survey in French
Home Language Survey in Russian
Home Language Survey in Thai
Where are ELE services provided in the Dover Sherborn Public Schools?
Chickering Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Pine Hill Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Dover Sherborn Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Dover Sherborn High School (Grades 9-12)
What is ELE?
Students with demonstrated ELE needs will work towards proficiency in social and academic language, in whole class and small group settings with an instructor. These learning experiences are designed to assist students in accessing the general education curriculum and to receive individualized support based on his/her unique needs.
ELE services are provided by a Massachusetts licensed teacher with specialization in English as a Second Language. ELE teachers use research-based techniques to help students acquire English so that they may fully participate in their schools and community.
Students' eligibility for sheltered English instruction and progress towards English acquisition (if applicable) is carefully monitored by credentialed instructors who provide regular communication with parent(s)/guardian(s) through a series of communications.
All of the techniques and strategies used by Dover Sherborn teachersare research based. To learn more about the language acquisition process and research-based techniques and strategies, please visit:
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE)
Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL)
National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)
The Education Alliance at Brown University
World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)
As part of the school system's commitment to ongoing professional development in support of teachers' ability to provide the best and most effective instruction to LEP-identified students, teachers at Dover Sherborn have numerous opportunities to engage in ELL/SEI training.
Testing and Accountability
Federal and state laws require that limited English proficient (LEP) students be assessed annually to measure their proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, English, as well as the progress they are making in learning English. In keeping with these laws, LEP students must participate in:
World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) ACCESS for ELLs.
Spring = All LEP students enrolled in grades K–12 and all FLEP students enrolled in grades K–12 who were reported as LEP in the prior October SIMS submission.
ACCESS assesses LEP students' proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in grades K-12.
All LEP students enrolled in grades K–12 and all formerly LEP (FLEP) students enrolled in grades K–12 who were reported as LEP in the prior October SIMS submission will be assessed.
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
All LEP students in grades 3-12 are also required to participate in the MCAS annually.
Access student participation requirements for MCAS and ACCESS including participation requirements for LEP students with disabilities @ http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/participation/ell.pdf
View WIDA Standards
Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified by letter regarding assessment dates.
Whom should I contact to learn more about ELE services or to schedule an appointment for an ELE test?
Beth McCoy, Assistant Superintendent
Mrs. Christine Luczkow, ELL Teacher-Coordinator
You may wish to read the Dover Sherborn Public Schools' ELL Handbook or visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website for more information about English Language Learning.