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English Language Learners (ELL)

Will I receive test results for my child if he/she recently took the English Language test related to English Language Acquisition?
Yes, students who were tested using the W-APT language assessment test to determine if they need ELL services will receive notification within 30 days of testing. The ACCESS test is given each year between February 1 and March 15. Following the ACCESS test, scores will be mailed or sent home to families once we receive them.

The ACCESS test is divided into four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each section is scored on a 1 to 6 scale. In order to exit the program, a student must score a minimum of 4 in Reading, a 4 in Writing and have a Composite score of 4.8.

What type of English Language Acquisition services can my child receive?
Each school has one ELL teacher based on ELL enrollment at that school. The schools that have small ELL populations may have a teacher one day per week, whereas the schools with larger populations may have a teacher for three days per week, so all students may receive service. ELL teachers collaborate with core classroom teachers to determine the amount and type of service the student requires based on WAPT assessment, ACCESS test scores and classroom performance.

How do I opt out of services for my child?
If you do not want your child to receive services for ELLs, you must send in a written request to your child’s teacher stating that you do not want services. A new letter must be sent for each school year. Your child must be tested each spring using the ACCESS test, as it is a State standardized test and is required by law. You will receive a letter notifying you when the test will be given. Please encourage your child to do his or her best on the assessment in order to exit the program.

Is my child eligible for other services if he/she is receiving ELL services?
Your child may be eligible for other services such as speech, K-2 Literacy, AIG (Academically Gifted), Exceptional Children’s services, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and Wilson Early College Academy.

Is my child eligible for accommodations on assessments such as classroom tests and EOGs?
If an ELL student in grades 3 through 12 scores below a 5 in the reading portion of the ACCESS test, they are eligible for accommodations in the classroom and on EOG tests. Possible accommodations for ELL students include marking inside the test book, reading the test aloud, having a test administrator read aloud to the student, testing in a separate room and using a word-to-wordword bilingual dictionary.

How can I help my child with his/her language development?
Wilson County Schools Parent Academy offers many events to give you tips to help your student succeed in school. These activities include homework tips, effective test taking strategies, setting rules for good behavior, understanding report cards and much more. Some sessions are presented in Spanish and others are only in English, but translators are available upon request. Also, reading to your child, whether in English or in your native language, has been shown to promote learning and enhance the enjoyment of reading.

ELL Extended learning is also offered several times a year at various elementary schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Each session offers help with reading and math concepts that are found on the EOG test. Tutoring is free to ELL students. For more information about tutoring opportunities, please call (252) 399-7800.

Wilson County Schools also offers a free Jumpstart Program to rising kindergarten students during the summer before school begins. This week long summer program offers students a look at classroom dynamics and early learning. Students will spend three hours each day learning the alphabet, numbers, early reading and classroom rules. Unfortunately, transportation is not provided.

How many languages are served in Wilson County Schools?
Currently, Wilson County Schools serves 722 students who speak twenty different languages from around the world. These languages include: Afrikaans, Arabic/Egyptian/LebaneseSyrian, Chinese, Cree, Creoles & Pidgins (French), Filipino, French, Gujarati/Gujarathi, Haitian Creole, Hindi/Indian/Urdu, Igbo, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Punjabi/Panjabi, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Vietnamese, Yoruba.

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