English Learners

English Learners and Immigrant Resources

Published: 4/11/2018 12:23 PM

This page contains information and resources for Title III including professional development, WebEX and Video Professional Development and additional information on resources and standards.
English Learner Demographic Information

Based on Kentucky's EL Infinite Campus extract, Kentucky districts reported 134+ languages. The EL Languages Chart lists the home languages of Kentucky ELs, the number of ELs representing each language group of the total EL population in Kentucky. The "Other" category, represents languages that were not listed in the Infinite Campus data base.

EL Pre-College Curriculum and Foreign Language

Many questions have been asked concerning the ways English Learners (ELs) may demonstrate competency in a foreign language. In order to meet the pre-college curriculum requirement students need to demonstrate a “basic-user” competency in a foreign language, that is, any language other than their native language, including English. There is no requirement for “seat time” or credits. All Kentucky students are expected to achieve the Kentucky Academic Standards, one of which is Academic Expectation 2.28 Students understand and communicate in a second language. Because this expectation does not identify English as the first language, it clearly indicates that students in the Kentucky school systems should have the opportunity to learn a second language beyond their native language.

EL Pre-College Curriculum and Foreign Language Q & A Document

Endorsements for English Learners (Grades P-12)
The population of school-aged English Learners (ELs) has significantly increased in recent years in Kentucky, thereby impacting many aspects of education. Schools need educators who are fully prepared to teach a growing population of linguistically and culturally diverse learners. 

In Kentucky, the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators. EPSB works with Kentucky colleges and universities, out-of-state institutions, and national evaluation agencies and processes approximately 25,000 certification transactions annually. The board is charged with establishing standards of performance both for preparation programs and practitioners and accrediting educator preparation programs. 

To figure out which Kentucky higher education institutions  offer an endorsement in English as a Second Language (Grades P-12) please visit the EPSB Approved Programs webpage.


OELA English Learners Toolkit 

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards
The WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards for English Language Learners in Kindergarten through 12th Grade serve as Kentucky’s required English language proficiency standards (ESSA Section 1111 (b)(1)(F)). These standards will act as a companion document to the Kentucky Academic Standards in guiding instruction for Kentucky’s English Learners (ELs). The WIDA ELD Standards do not replace the Kentucky Academic Standards.  Click here to access the 2012 edition of the WIDA ELD Standards. 


Home Language Survey
All local school districts are required to administer a home language survey to students enrolled in the district as a first screening process to identify students with limited English proficiency. (703 KAR 5:070).
A local school district shall administer a home language survey to students enrolled in the district as the first screening process to identify students with limited English proficiency. The home language survey shall be based at a minimum on four questions.
  1. What is the language most frequently spoken at home?
  2. Which language did your child learn when he/she first began to talk?
  3. What language does your child most frequently speak at home?
  4. What language do you most frequently speak to your child

English Learner Identification Chart

Essential Elements of a Program Services Plan (PSP) for English Learner (EL) Students

To meet the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) 
requirements, states are mandated to identify and annually administer a standards-based English language proficiency test to all English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12. In order to comply with the ESEA requirement of an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs, Kentucky joined the WIDA Consortium in 2006. The WIDA Consortium’s goal is to provide research based assessments, standards and professional development to its member states.

Member states of the WIDA Consortium can be found on the WIDA webpage.
On July 5, 2017 Kentucky transitioned from the W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) to the WIDA Screener Online for identification of English learners (ELs) in grades 1 -12. Kindergarten students will continue to be screened using the W-APT. The Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) developed a Video and PowerPoint to provide training for the new WIDA Screener Online.

WIDA also provides Kentucky with the annual English Proficiency Assessment of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. For information about ACCESS 2.0, WIDA Screener Online and the Kindergarten W-APT visit the web page for the Office of Assessment and Accountability.
EL Assessment Information and Regulations
Information on the regulations of EL student assessment is located on the OAA Assessments Regulations Training webpage. ELs assessment guidance is found under the Inclusion of Special Populations Training and Section 2 of the Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability Programs 703 KAR 5:070 document.
Developing Programs for English Language Learners
In developing an EL plan, a district should consult with all stakeholders. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provides an outline for Developing Programs for English Language Learners. In the outline OCR identifies 8 key components that a district must address in creating a comprehensive EL plan: 1) Educational Approach, 2) Identification, 3) Assessment, 4) Services, 5) Staffing and Resources, 6) Transition from EL Services, 7) Monitoring, and 8) Program Evaluation.
Monitoring Former English Learners
Designated instructional staff, such as English Learners (ELs) staff or a guidance counselor, must formally monitor the RFEP student's academic performance regularly.  The information must be documented in the student's records.  If monitoring shows that the student is struggling in academic performance and/or English language skills, appropriate assistance and language instruction services must be made available to the student.

Gary Martin
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Learning Services
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970
Fax (502) 564-6470

The above video gives a short history on the connections between civil rights history, the new standards, and ELLs.
2017-2018 EL Coordinators Meeting

New EL Coordinator Training 17-18

2017-2018 OAA Presentation

2017 EL Coordinators Meeting

EL Coordinators

Documents and Resources

TOOLKIT - Implementation of District Programs Reference Document 

A toolkit containing informational flowcharts to support narratives about English Learner programs in Kentucky. The following topics/flowcharts are covered in this document.

  • Developing EL Programs - Overview Steps
  • Identification and Placement Process - Title III English Learners
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment guidelines for ACCESS for ELLs® and W-APT
  • District EL Program Review/Evaluation Process
  • Funding Allocation Timeline for Title III - EL & Immigrant

The Center for Applied Linguistics' site for the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model of sheltered instruction for English language learners
Professional development institutes for educators on SIOP or SDAIE

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