English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language

This page includes information for students, staff, and parents involved in our English Language Learner (ELL) programs.

English Language Learners:

Federal and state laws require that English language learner(ELL) students be assessed annually to measure their proficiency in reading,writing, listening, and speaking English, as well as the progress they are making in learning English. In fulfillment of these laws, ELL students are required to participate in ACCESS for ELLs tests, which replace MEPA tests,beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

Massachusetts has joined the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. (http://www.wida.us) As a member of the WIDA consortium, English Language Development (ELD)standards are available. ACCESS for ELLs tests are based on WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards.

For more information on ELL state-mandated testing click on the following link:

ESL Acronyms:
ACCESS for ELLs - Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners
ELD - English Language Development
ESL- English as a Second Language
LEP- Limited English Proficient
FLEP – Formerly Limited English Proficient
SEI – Sheltered English Immersion
BICS – Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills
CALP(S)- Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency Skills