English language learners (ELLs) are those students who need additional supports because English was not the first language they learned or they speak another language, other than English, at home. Students are screened at the beginning of the school year and assessed annually in the spring until they meet the requirements set by the State for English proficiency.
Those students identified as needing additional supports can receive services both outside the classroom in the form of intensive vocabulary and reading instruction, or support within the regular classroom setting through accommodations made by the classroom teachers. Additionally, all of our English language learners receive login information for an online program that helps them attain their listening, speaking, reading and writing goals.
All of our K-12 teachers participate in monthly professional development following the Academic Language and Content Achievement Model (ALCA-M) to learn techniques and share ideas of various supports we can provide to all of our ELL students.
WIDA ELL students are assessed with either the W-APT or WIDA Screener upon entry of a Nevada public school to determine their initial proficiency level. They are then given the WIDA Access 2.0 annually to track their progress until they reach English proficiency and are exited from the ELL program. Your student's individual assessment report is then sent home for you to see how well he/she performed. The ELL specialist monitors the students' growth each year in order to target areas needing additional instruction.
WIDA has created Can Do descriptors to show what students at different levels in English language development can demonstrate to show their understanding of English listening, speaking, reading, and writing. See the Downloads section at the bottom of this page for your student's grade level. You can use these to understand your child's WIDA score report.
Online Programs Imagine Learning All Kindergarten-5th grade ELL students have an online account with Imagine Learning. Students can access this fun, interactive program, with home language support, by visiting https://app.imaginelearning.com/ through Chrome or downloading the app through the App Store or Chrome Store. All students have a goal of using the program 100 minutes per week. That is only 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Use the form on the Home Page if you need your child's login information.
Achieve 3000 All 4th-12th grade ELL students have an online account with Achieve 3000. They receive 60 minutes of instruction in a small group each week and should complete 2 lessons per week., scoring 70% or higher. Students can access their accounts at https://portal.achieve3000.com/index or by downloading the app at the App Store or Chrome Store. Use the form on the Home Page if you need your child's login information.
FACES Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) are available to all ELLs and their families. Services such as language classes and academic resources are available to the parents/guardians and family members at no cost. Visit http://faces.ccsd.net/ for more information.