English Language Education
ELE students in North Andover have access to all academic support programs such as Title I, Special Education and tiered classroom interventions. They also have access to extra-curricular activities that are available to all students. There are many offerings at our schools, and the guidance staff, principals and ELE staff encourage our ELE students to participate in the many school-sanctioned events.
These pages are designed so that parents, students and teachers are able to easily access the information they need to help out EL students achieve academic success.
When a student registers for school in the North Andover School District, as part of the registration process, the parents complete a Home Language Survey if English is not the first language spoken at home. If the home language survey indicates the student’s first language is not English, then the ESL teacher will test the student’s English to see if the student qualifies for ESL services. In addition, a student’s English may also be tested if the student’s teacher believes that the student is unable to perform ordinary classwork in English.
At the beginning of each school year, the ESL teacher will send a notification letter home, as required by state law, to those students who still qualify for ESL services. Parents can have their child opt out of ESL services at any time by signing an opt-out form. Students will leave or transition out of the ESL program when their English proficiency test scores and classroom grades indicate that they can fully participate in all grade level classwork.
Once the student is in the ESL program, he/she will be given English language support from a licensed ESL teacher. This support may be in the form of small group work outside the classroom or individual tutoring. The ESL teacher has a curriculum designed to support the work the student is doing in class. Please call the ELE Program Coordinator, Marion Mako, at (978) 794-0124 if you have any questions.
All ELE students are tested in English proficiency in January using the WIDA ACCESS. WIDA stands for World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment. ACCESS stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State. It is an organization that has developed standards and assessments for states to use with their ELE students. Massachusetts has been a member of the WIDA consortium since 2012. You can find more information about WIDA at their website https://wida.wisc.edu
Results from ACCESS testing are received in late spring of each year and results are sent home to parents before the end of the school year. English proficiency levels range from level 1, which is called Emerging and would be considered an early beginner, to level 6, which is called Reaching which indicates that the ELE student is ready to exit the ELE program. In addition, ELE students are responsible to participate in and pass the MCAS test. (ELE students are provided with DESE approved word-to-word dictionaries and glossaries).
If you have any questions about the ELE testing process, please feel free to contact the ELE Coordinator, Marion Mako, at (978) 794-0124.
- Home Language Survey (select survey from the top of this page)
- ELE Program Reclassification Forms
- Opt-Out Form
- Monitoring Academic Progress of Opt-Out Students
- Initial/Annual Parent Notification
- Monitoring Academic Progress of FEL Students
Some forms are available in other languages. For a complete list of available forms, please see the Massachusetts Department of Education's website.
Our ELE Program is designed to help students learn English as a second language as they continue to advance their studies in the regular education program. It is our goal that your child acquires sufficient skills in English to enable him/her to participate effectively in the regular education program without EL services. The ELE Program recognizes that students learn English at different rates. The program intends to transfer students out only when they are fully ready.
The ESL Curriculum in North Andover is based on the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards and is aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks through the Common Core. ELL students are assessed using the ACCESS assessment tool in January.
The North Andover Public School District uses a comprehensive, research-based curriculum created by National Geographic and Hampton Brown and recommended by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. At the K-5 level, Avenues provides academic vocabulary development, accessible reading selections and multi-level teaching strategies. Grades 6 through 8 use Inside, and students focus on the development of speaking and listening skills. Students in grades 9 through 12 use Edge which gives students access to high school standards with specialized instruction in building reading and writing skills.
Great websites for Children and Adults Learning English:
- The 50 Best ESL Resources for Kids
- Manythings.org - Interesting activities for ELE Students
- A4els.org - Thousand of quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles in many languages
- U.S. Symbols - Benjamin Franklin introduces students to learning about how the U.S. Government works
- Usalearns.org - A free website for adults to practice English speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary and more
- Englishatlarge.org - Free one-to-one English language tutoring
- Translate.reference.com - Translate common phrases to many languages.
- Colorincolorado.org - Offers a wealth of bilingual research-based information, activities and advice for educators and families of ELE students.
ESL Acronyms - Below is a list of the common acronyms used in our ELE Program:
ELD - English language development
ELE - English Language Education
ELL - English Language Learner
ESL - English as a second language
FEP - Fully English Proficient
FES - Fluent English Speaker
FLEP - Former LEP students
LEP - Limited English Proficient
RETELL - Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learner
SEI - Sheltered English Immersion
The DESE is now part of the WIDA Consortium. WIDA stands for World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment. It is an organization that has developed standards and assessments for our ELL students. These standards are based on the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) standards and are aligned with the Common Core Standards. Along with assessing our ELL students, the WIDA provides very descriptive information as to what the classroom teacher can expect from their EL students in the form of Can Do Descriptors at each grade level.
Our EL students come from many different cultures. Some of these are Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Indian. Below are links that can provide you with more information about these cultures:
- Student Guide - The 50 best ESL Resources for kids
- OEDb - 50 Essential Resources for ESL Students
- Colorincolorado - A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners
- Kidworldcitzen.org - Choose a country from a map of the world and learn about its culture, food,, music, crafts, celebrations, arts, etc.
- Spanish - Countries, nationalities, lesson plans, activities, language
- Chinese - University of San Diego’s resource site for teachers and tutors of English As a Second Language
- Russia - All about Russia - history, land, animals, artists, etc.
- Portugal - National Geographic website about facts, geography, nature, etc.
Requirements to obtain the SEI Endorsement
Requirements prior to July 1, 2016
Only core academic teachers who were assigned an ELL or administrators who supervise/evaluate core academic teachers who were assigned ELLs during their districts' cohort years are required to obtain the SEI Endorsement prior to July 1, 2016. Under 603 CMR 7.15 and 603 CMR 14.07 those CATs who were assigned an ELL at any point during their districts' cohort years and who fail to earn an SEI Endorsement by the time designated for their cohort, will not be eligible to renew, advance, or extend their educator license when it is due for such action until they earn an SEI Endorsement.
Prior to July 1, 2016 a CAT who was never assigned an ELL during their district's cohort years is not required to earn the Endorsement
Requirement after July 1, 2016
After July 1, 2016, any un-endorsed CAT who is assigned an ELL will have 12 months from the time of that assignment to earn the SEI Endorsement.
Please visit the DESE’s Retell Website for resources and information.