Aloha and welcome to our English Language Learning  (ELL) Class!

End of Year Announcements

We made it!  All our students have grown and progressed in learning English.  I'm so proud of each of them!  You can find your child's ACCESS test scores in their report card envelope that was sent home on the last day of school.  Along with the scores is a summer newsletter with tips on ways to keep the learning momentum going.  Please have a relaxing and safe vacation -- see you on Meet and Greet Day on August 2, 2017.  A Hui Hou!

ACCESS Testing

Each year ELL students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade will take the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 English language proficiency test.  This test measures your child's ability to use the English language. The test identifies how well your child is reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English.  The four sub-parts of the test take approximately three hours during the regular school day. 

You can help your child perform well by getting them to bed early the night before their test and by starting their day with good breakfast.  Test results will be shared in May.  

Parent Teacher Conferences
Our Parent Teacher Conferences will be held October 31 - November 10.  I'd be happy to meet with you.  You can either schedule a meeting on the same day of your homeroom teacher's or we can schedule a different day.   Don't forget . . . school will end at 1:00 during conferences and no school on 11/8 (Election Day) and 11/11 (Veteran's Day).  

Family Activity
Your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grader has been learning about the Plant Life Cycle.  On Friday, 9/2/2016, they will be taking home an envelope of mung and soybeans.  (Instructions on how to get the seeds to sprout are on the envelope. YouTube has lots of tutorials about sprouting seeds as well.)  Students formed a guess or hypothesis about whether the seeds will grow at all and without soil!  Lots of surprises and interesting discussions followed.   I hope you can add this science activity to your long weekend.

What is ELL?

The English Language Learners (ELL) Program helps students whose first language is not English. Assistance is given only until the student is able to perform at their grade level. This program is supported by Title III of NCLB. The goals of our ELL program are to develop the ELL student's communicative competence in the English language that will allow the student to function academically, socially, and culturally with peers and to monitor student progress once reclassified as proficient in English.

Who is in ELL?

In Hawaii, 10% of the students in public schools use ELL to help them learn English. Many ELL students come from Asia, Puerto Rico, and the South Pacific. The ELL program in Hawaii provides English language support for approximately 18000 students statewide. 

ELL students at Aliamanu Elementary comprise 6% of the student population. They speak a number of different languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Ilokano, Japanese, Marshallese, Vietnamese, Chuukese, Samoan, Kosraean, Spanish, Korean, and Russian.  

Why is my child in ELL?

All students who list foreign languages when they enroll in a public school are tested for proficiency in English. New students who pass this proficiency test do not have to be in this program. Those who need help are taught by ELL teachers to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Also, students can be selected by their teachers to be tested for English language proficiency. The results of the evaluation are shared with parent(s) and teacher(s) of the student. 

  • WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) (View)

Students who may be limited English proficient are tested for English language proficiency when they first enter school using the W-APT. The results of the W-APT help determine what kind of English language support is needed for the students to progress in school. Appropriate services are then provided to help students work towards the HCPS III and WIDA ELP Standards.

How can my child leave the program?

All ELL students are encouraged to improve their English language proficiency. They are able to leave the program with passing test scores and passing grades. Students are tested annually, as mandated by the federal government, usually in January-February. This test evaluates social and academic English skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. 

  • ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) (View)

Beginning with the school year 2009-10, ELL Program students are annually tested using the Hawaii Department of Education adopted WIDA English language proficiency assessment, the ACCESS for ELLs. The ACCESS for ELLs test is used to determine a student’s language progress and proficiency in developing English.

Parents and guardians do have the right to decline participation in this program.


Hawaii is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2009. WIDA is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners which offers states programming for identifying and annually assessing the English language development of its English learners.