English Learners

Lamar County Schools’ English Learners (EL) Program is designed to help eligible English Learners students develop and improve English proficiency in grades K-12. Instruction and additional support in the content areas, provided by various delivery models, helps to provide a language foundation for these students so that they are able to later participate independently in the regular classroom instruction.

Criteria for eligibility:
The WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) is administered to students who meet the following criteria:

  1. The first language is not English.
  2. A language other than English is spoken in the home.
  3. The language used most often is not English.

The score on the W-APT determines if a student qualifies for ELL services. Between February and March, all ELL students are administered the ACCESS test to determine their reading, writing, listening, and speaking proficiency growth and academic levels. A student’s score on the ACCESS determines continuation or termination of ELL services.

Home Language Survey

Encuesta de Idioma Domestico

Additional EL information can be obtained at the Georgia Department of Education's Web site.

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