ESOL FAQs

What is ESOL?

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state and federal mandated program for students who speak or have a second language spoken at home.  The ESOL program strives to assist students assimilate into the school environment with the ultimate objective of maximizing student performance and improving English language skills.  

How are students identified for ESOL services?

A Home Language Survey is completed at the time of school registration.  If there is an indication of a language other than English, the form is forwarded to the ESOL teacher.  After a review of information, the student's English skills are assessed with the WIDA Assessment Placement Test (W-APT).  

If ESOL services are recommended, is participation required?

No, parents may choose to decline ESOL services for their child, but under federal law, if the child is eligible for ESOL, the child must take an annual assessment (ACCESS) until their scores indicate English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  

How are students exited from ESOL identification?

Whether or not a student receives ESOL services, annual testing is required by federal law and the New Hampshire English Language Proficiency Standards. The State of New Hampshire uses the ACCESS to fulfill these requirements.  During the winter, students eligible for ESOL services are assessed in the four language areas:  Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.  Students must score a composite of no less than 5.0 with no language domain score less than 4.0.  

Is there a complaint process?

Yes, parents may follow the following process if they have a complaint about their child's ESOL services: