The Mansfield Public Schools provides an ESL (English as a Second Language) Program to students who qualify as Multilingual Learners (ML). MLs receive individual or small group instruction focusing on the linguistic competencies of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Within the classroom setting, MLs have access to content academic instruction with modification and supports as necessary to promote academic success, grade promotion, and high school graduation.
Any ML with a disability, who is eligible for an Individualized Education Program (IEP), has the right to receive a free and appropriate public education, designed to meet the child’s language needs as outlined in the IEP.
ESL Exit Criteria
While the rate of English language development varies widely from student to student, many students exit the ESL program in 3-7 years. To exit the ESL Program, children in grades K-12 must meet 2 standards:
LAS Links(Language Assessment Scales) – Overall Score of Level 4 (proficient) or 5 (above proficient), and
LAS Links(Language Assessment Scales) – Reading & Writing Subtest Score of Level 4 (proficient) or 5 (above proficient)
To identify students, Mansfield Public Schools use the LAS Links, Language Interviews and Observations.
Parental permission for ESL services is mandatory.