2385: English Learners Program

Gooding Jt. School District #231


INSTRUCTION                                                                                                                        2385


English Learners Program


In accordance with the Board’s philosophy to provide a quality educational program to all students, the District shall provide an appropriate planned instructional program for identified students whose dominant language is not English. The purposes of the program are:


  1. To help ensure that English learners, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English;


  1. To assist all English learners, including immigrant children and youth, to achieve at high levels in academic subjects so that all English learners can meet the same challenging state academic standards that all children are expected to meet;


  1. To assist teachers (including preschool teachers), principals, and other school leaders, state educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools in establishing, implementing, and sustaining effective language instruction educational programs designed to assist in teaching English learners, including immigrant children and youth;


  1. To assist teachers (including preschool teachers), principals and other school leaders, state educational agencies, and local educational agencies to develop and enhance their capacity to provide effective instructional programs designed to prepare English learners, including immigrant children and youth, to enter all-English instructional settings; and


  1. To promote parental, family, and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents, families, and communities of English learners.


Accordingly, the Board shall adopt a program of educational services for each student whose dominant language is not English. The program shall include bilingual/bicultural or English as a Second Language instruction.


The Superintendent or designee shall implement and supervise an English Learners program which ensures appropriate English Learners instruction and complies with applicable laws and regulations.


The Superintendent or designee, in conjunction with appropriate stakeholders, shall develop and disseminate written procedures regarding the English Learners program, including:


  1. Program goals;
  2. Student enrollment procedures;
  3. Assessment procedures for program entrance, measurement of progress, and program exit;
  4. Classroom accommodations;
  5. Grading policies; and
  6. A list of resources, including support agencies and interpreters.


The District shall establish procedures for identifying students whose dominant language is not English. For students whose dominant language is not English, assessment of the student’s English proficiency level must be completed to determine the need for English as a Second Language instruction.


Students whose dominant language is not English should be enrolled in the District upon proof of residency and other legal requirements. Students shall have access to, and be encouraged to participate in, all academic and extracurricular activities of the District.


Students participating in English Learners programs shall be required, with accommodations, to meet established academic standards and graduation requirements adopted by the Board.


The English Learners program shall be designed to provide instruction which meets each student’s individual needs based on the assessment of English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Adequate content-area support shall be provided while the student is learning English to assure achievement of academic standards.


All English Learners shall be assessed annually using the state-approved assessment of English language proficiency.


The English Learners program shall be evaluated for effectiveness as required, based on the attainment of English proficiency, and shall be revised when necessary.


English Learners shall participate in the District’s statewide assessments, unless 20 USC 6311(b)(3) and the regulations of the State Department of Education allow for their exclusion from an assessment.




At the beginning of each school year the District shall notify parents of students qualifying for English Learners programs about the instructional program and parental options, as required by law. Parents/guardians will be regularly apprised of their student’s progress. Whenever possible, communications with parents or guardians shall be in the language understood by the parents.


The District shall maintain an effective means of outreach to encourage parental involvement in the education of their children.



At the conclusion of every second fiscal year during which grant funds are received, the Superintendent or designee shall provide the Idaho Department of Education with a report, in a form prescribed by the Department describing the District’s English Learner program and activities and providing the District’s applicable demographic data.



Cross Reference:         4160                                        Parents Right-to-Know Notices


Legal References:       20 U.S.C. §§ 1701-58             Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974

                                    20 U.S.C. § 6311                    State Plans

                                    20 U.S.C. § 6811, et seq.        English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act

                                    42 U.S.C. § 2000(d), et seq.    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

                                    ESEA Section 1111(b)(2)



Policy History:

Adopted on: 10-10-23

Revised on:

Reviewed on:

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