EHBE(LOCAL) - SPECIAL PROGRAMS: BILINGUAL EDUCATION/ESL
Language Proficiency Assessment Committees
The professional staff members of the LPAC(s) shall be assigned those duties by the Superintendent or designee. Selection of parent members of LPAC(s) shall be made after soliciting volunteers and upon the recommendation of professionals involved in the bilingual/ESL programs.
The District shall provide orientation and training for all members of the LPAC(s), which shall include a discussion of the committee's duties and a thorough explanation and review of all laws and rules governing the confidentiality of information regarding individual students. In performing their duties, committee members shall be acting for the District and shall observe requirements regarding confidentiality of student records. [See FL]
Dual Language Immersion Program
The District shall implement for students enrolled in elementary school grades a dual language immersion program (DLIP) to develop students who achieve high academic standards and are bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.
The program shall begin in prekindergarten or kindergarten and shall add a subsequent grade level each successive school year to include all elementary grades.
In accordance with law, access to the program shall not be based on race, creed, color, religious affiliation, age, or disability. [See EHBE(LEGAL)]
Students residing in the attendance zone of the two-way dual language school shall be given priority in enrollment in the program. Enrollment in any available positions remaining in the program shall be determined by a lottery among interested students from across the District. However, a student whose native language is English shall not be allowed to enter the program after kindergarten unless the student scores at grade level equivalency on a standardized Spanish language arts achievement test.
The District shall use a Texas Education Agency-approved language proficiency test of all students in the program, including both language groups, to establish baseline data in academic language.
The Board and administration shall support the DLIP by hiring and retaining quality staff, funding appropriate professional development, and providing program facilities and instructional resources.
The District is committed to providing equitable access to services for English learners.
Expectations for Participants
The District shall expect each student enrolled in the DLIP to:
- Commit to the program throughout the elementary school grades; and
- Maintain a high record of attendance.
The District shall expect each parent of a student enrolled in the DLIP to:
- Support the continued development of the native language at home;
- Support his or her child's academic, linguistic, and socio-cultural development;
- Attend two-way dual language parent meetings; and
- Advocate for and support the dual language program.