Limited English Proficiency
Kathy Bolden, Administrative Assistant
The English Learner program at Monroe Local Schools serves students whose first language is one other than English. The majority of these students have Spanish as their first language, however, more than 10 additional languages are spoken by our students.
Monroe Local Schools believes in the importance of providing English language instruction to students in the district who are limited English proficient (LEP), including immigrant children and youth. The district’s LEP Program is provided to enable LEP students to become competent in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing of the English language and effectively participate in the district’s educational program. The district is committed to providing services so that LEP students are properly identified, regularly assessed, provided with a high quality language and academic instruction, achieve English language proficiency, and meet the same challenging state academic content and student achievement standards as all students in the district are expected to meet.
The focus of the Monroe Local Schools LEP Program is to help ensure children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.
What criteria determine whether a student is limited English proficient?
Monroe Local Schools employs two methods to determine whether a student is limited English proficient. Upon enrollment, parents are asked to complete a home language survey. If the survey indicates multiple languages, the student is then administered the Woodcock-Muñoz Language Survey. The results of the survey are used to determine identification.
The other method of determination is an examination of previous school records. At the time of enrollment, if a previous school has identified the student as limited English proficient, Monroe Local Schools accepts that district’s determination for the student.
What services are available to my limited English proficient student?
Monroe Local Schools provides services through a limited English proficiency (LEP) plan based on individual student needs. Students who are determined to have a beginning level of language proficiency are serviced by the district’s limited English proficiency tutor in a small group setting. Students who are determined to have an intermediate level of language proficiency are serviced by the district’s limited English proficiency tutor either within the general education classroom or a small group setting. Students who are determined to have an advanced level of language proficiency are serviced by the district’s limited English proficiency tutor on a consultation basis.
How often is a student’s LEP Plan reviewed?
Each LEP Plan is reviewed annually. Please click the link below to view an example LEP Plan.
How does a student exit the LEP Program?
The student exits the LEP Program by demonstrating proficiency in all five areas of assessment: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Comprehension.
Who can I contact with other questions about the program?
Nancy Stratton at firstname.lastname@example.org.