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ESOL

Federal funds awarded under Title III support programs to improve the education of limited English proficient (LEP) children and youths by helping them learn English and meet challenging state content and achievement standards. Title III programs also provides enhanced instructional opportunities for our ESOL population. A copy of the grant is available for review at the School Board Office.

ESOL Program Mission

The mission of the Lancaster County Public Schools is for English for the Speakers of Other Languages program to equip ESOL students with the acquisition of English language skills needed to be socially and academically prepared for school and beyond.
Because the population of English Language Learners is varied in all our schools, we believe all teachers in LCPS are dually responsible for language development and course or grade level content.

Lancaster Public Schools uses the state approved English language development standards designed by the WIDA consortium.

1. English language learners communicate for Social and Instructional purposes within the school setting;
2. English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Language Arts;
3. English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Mathematics;
4. English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Science; and
5. English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Social Studies.

The ESOL program addresses individual student needs through several approaches. All instruction is driven by current data. They are designed with the student's current grade level and WIDA proficiency level in mind, along with recommended best practices and scientific based research. Each of our schools utilizes various types of service delivery, along with specific teaching strategies by classroom, and core content teachers.

WIDA CONSORTIUM

LEVELS OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY