English Language Development

Services for English Learners

In compliance with the Federal Law, the Northern Tioga School District provides in English Language Development (ELD) program for students who are English Learners (ELs). The goal of the ELD program is to provide specialized instruction to assist ELs to develop English while accessing grade level content instruction and meeting academic standards as required by Pennsylvania.

Upon enrollment, Northern Tioga School District administers the State required English Language Proficiency assessment for those students who indicate a primary home language other than English. For those students who qualify for ELD services, parents are notified of the supports that their students will receive, and students are placed in the appropriate ELD course.

The District’s ELD program provides research-based instruction in academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening through specialized services or classes for ELs that are based on students’ English proficiency levels and grade level content. Research has demonstrated that ELs who receive explicit designated instruction in English development attain English proficiency more quickly than those who do not.

English Learners are assessed annually by the ACCESS exam to measure their growth and to determine their continued eligibility for the program. Your child will receive specialized instruction in the ELD program until he/she attains English language proficiency and meets the State-established exit criteria. The expected rate of reclassification from EL status is five years, depending on the individual needs of the student.

If you prefer that your child not participate in designated English language development classes for ELs, you may decline enrollment in specialized classes. In this case, your child will continue to be identified as an EL and will be administered the annual ACCESS assessment. Your child’s progress will be monitored and you may request that your child participate in the ELD program at any time.

For further information or to decline participation in the ELD program, please contact Becky Koehler, Principal of Academic Affairs at 814-258-5646, ext. 1036 or rebecca.koehler@ntiogasd.org

English Language Learner Guidelines

ELL-Identification-Procedure K-12

State Required EL Reclassification Criteria – 2016-2017 only (FINAL 4.27.17)