The goal for the English Language Development (ELD) program is to help ensure that children develop proficiency in the secondary language of English and achieve high content standards aligned with WIDA and South Carolina Core Content. Jasper County has a growing population of over 2,693 students, whereas 775 are identified as Multilingual Learners (ML) in grades K through 12.
All potential ML students are screened initially using the Kindergarten or WIDA Screener language assessment of English and placed appropriately in the grade level according to age. A child’s English level, grade level, and cognitive ability are taken into consideration when determining what type of ELD services he/she receives. Services include: ELD pull-out or placement in the mainstream classroom with the appropriate modifications and accommodations needed in both curriculum and instructional practices. Curriculum in classes is dependent on the individual needs of students but can include content support, reading classes, language instruction and test taking practice/support. Some of the programs that are used in these classes include, but are not limited to: Finish line, Words Their Way, TEAMS (Teaching MLs for Academic Language Mastery, Acellus Discovery, Imagine Language & Literacy, and Duolingo.
The ELD staff includes South Carolina certified teachers who have, or are working on, SC ESOL certification. Teachers use grade level and state WIDA standards to guide instruction. All ML students have equal access to all special programs such as Gifted and Talented, Special Education, and counseling services.
Content teachers and ESOL teachers use the WIDA English Language Development standards to plan and deliver instruction. During the year, students are assessed using various assessments including SC Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), Fountas and Pinnell, CogAT and Iowa (2nd grade only). Multilingual Learners take the ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) in the areas of reading, listening, speaking, and writing each Spring to assess students' English proficiency and progress with language acquisition.
The ELD department receives local, state, and federal funding to support program initiatives which align with federal Title III requirements.
Parent involvement is a key to the success of the students and the schools! Because of this, all schools have a minimum of three parent nights a year to address the needs and concerns of Multilingual Learners (MLs) and parents. We welcome your input!