All schools in the state of Texas are required by Texas Administrative Code §89.1225 to assess the English language proficiency of a student whose Home Language Survey indicates the home language is other than English.
The student will be administered a state-approved English language proficiency test. In Pre-Kindergarten through 1st grade, students will be administered the listening and speaking components of the test for identification purposes. Students in second grade through twelfth grade will be administered the listening, speaking, reading, and writing for identification purposes.
If a student demonstrates limited English proficiency, the student will be eligible for enrollment in an appropriate language program. Cleveland Independent School District provides our students placement in Dual Language and English as Second Language (ESL) programs. Both program models allow English learners to become competent in reading, listening, speaking, and writing domains through the development of language and academic skills in grade-level content areas.
The Dual Language program model is offered to students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade to students who are identified as Emergent Bilingual. Throughout the program, instruction remains 50% Spanish / 50% English where the goal is to develop biliteracy, bilingualism and academic achievement for students. The one-way model is used in Cleveland Independent School District to serve the linguistic and academic needs of Emergent Bilingual students.
The One-Way Dual Language Model serves only Emergent Bilingual students identified with Limited English Proficiency. The program initially provides instruction in both English and Spanish. The purpose of the dual-language program is to enable Emergent Bilingual students in grades Pre-K to 5 to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the English and Spanish.
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English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs must be offered when school districts have one or more students enrolled identified as an Emergent Bilingual. Currently, Cleveland Independent School District offers ESL programs and supports in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. English as a Second Language (ESL) is an intensive instructional program designed to develop proficiency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. All instruction is provided in English and utilizes the Texas Essential Knowledge Standards (TEKS) and the English Language Proficiency Skills (ELPS) for the development of English language skills and the promotion of academic success in all grade level content areas.
All classroom teachers at all grade levels are required to implement the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in their daily instruction of all EBs as part of the curriculum requirements in Chapter 74 of the Texas Administrative Code.
Elementary ESL Model
At the elementary level, Cleveland ISD implements an ESL program. The content-based model targets English language development through academic content instruction that is linguistically and culturally responsive in English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Secondary ESL Model
At the secondary level, ESL provides instruction by ESL certified teachers. English Learners are eligible to receive linguistic accommodations to provide the support needed to comprehend the grade level content material while acquiring the English language. This model targets English language development through academic content instruction that is linguistically and culturally responsive in English Language Arts and Reading.