What is ESOL and how does it work?
What is ESOL?
ESOL is a program for English Language Learners of other Languages.
How does my child qualify for the ESOL?
Students are identified through the Home Language Survey questionnaire on the registration form. If any response is another language other than English, your child will be tested for ESOL services.
The W-APT is used to screen Kindergartners and the WIDA Screener is used to screen grades 1-5.
If my child qualifies, how does the program work?
–Grades k-3 will receive one 45 minute segment every day.
-Grades 4-5 will receive one or two 50 minute segment every day.
Here are some of the following models that Cobb County Schools use to serve ESOL students:
- Direct (Push-In)- The students will remain with their general education classroom and the ESOL teacher pushes into the classroom to work with students to provide language support.
- Pull-Out- The ESOL students will be pulled from their general education classroom and will receive small group instruction with the ESOL teacher.
The students will receive language support and instruction in the four domains: speaking, listening, reading, and writing while incorporating vocabulary, grammar, phonics, reading strategies and comprehension, as well as utilizing graphic organizers for writing.
Students may also receive testing accommodations for state and local tests. Testing accommodations are modifications that may include some of the following: extended time, small group testing, frequent breaks, or repetition of directions. Testing accommodations are determined by the Testing Participation Committee.
Assessments for ESOL students
Every year ESOL students will take a standardized test called ACCESS 2.0 in late January/early February. ACCESS assess students’ language proficiency in the four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
ALL active ESOL students are required to take ACCESS 2.0, including students who are active, but are not receiving language support.
Access Scoring Range
1-Entering: knows and uses minimal social language and minimal academic language with visual and graphic support
2-Beginning: knows and uses some social English and general academic language with visual and graphic support
3-Developing: knows and uses social English and some specific academic language with visual and graphic support
4-Expanding: knows and uses social English and some technical academic language
5-Bridging: knows and uses social English and academic language working with grade level material
6-Reaching: knows and uses social and academic language at the highest level measured by this test
*Level 5 and 6 have the skills necessary to exit the ESOL program and their progress are monitored for 2 years.