Below you will find terms and acronyms frequently used by ELD teachers and Methacton School District Faculty.
ACCESS for ELLS-AssessingComprehension andCommunication inEnglishState toState forEnglishLanguageLearners
AMAOs - Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives
BICS - Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills
CALP - Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
EL - English Learner(This term is used to describe the student)
ELD - English LanguageDevelopment (term used to describe the program)
ELL - English Language Learner (term previously used to describe student)
ELP Standards - English Language Proficiency Standards
ESL - English as a Second Language (term previously used to describe the program)
ESSA-EveryStudentSucceedsAct(Replaced the NCLB Act- No Child Left Behind)
FEL -Former English Learner
IPT - Idea Proficiency Test
LEP - Limited English Proficiency
NEP - Non-English Proficient
PHLOTE - Primary or Home Language Other Than English
PSSA- Pennyslyvania System of School Assessment
TESOL-TeachingEnglish toSpeakers ofOtherLanguages
W-APT - WIDA - ACCESS Placement Test
WIDA - World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium
WIDA ACCESS - Annual State Test required for ELLs to determine English Language Proficiency
Informational Videos for ELD Families
Below are three links to videos that will provide you with information on key topics including what it means to be an EL, the WIDA standards and assessments, and how to interpret student language proficiency scores.
My child is an English language learner. What does that mean? This video provides information about what it means to be an English learner, how students are identified as English learners, and how students are reclassified in an English language development program.
My child is an English language learner. How is my child's language development supported at school?
This video provides information about the different ways students use the English language at school, along with information about the WIDA English Language Development Standards and how these standards can be used to support students' English language development.
My child is an English language learner. How do I know if my child is making progress?
This video provides information about how educators share information with parents about student' English language development, specifically what scores from the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment mean, and how these scores can be used.
EL Family Toolkit- This is a great resource for families of English Learners as well as principals, teachers, and other staff that may have the opportunity to work with English Learners. The resource provides information about choosing educational services to meet their child's needs.
Pennsylvania Deparment of Education provides administrators and educators with a comprehensive outline of Pennslyvania ELD Program requirements and regulations. The link includes this information along with useful teacher resources and classroom instructional tools:
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