English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program
Goochland’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program provides instruction and supports for English Language Learners. Our ESOL staff are dedicated individuals who work diligently to meet the needs of diverse learners while helping students to make gains with their English proficiency and mastery towards the Standards of Learning (SOLs). Currently, two percent of our student population are considered English Language Learners.
Identification and Progress Monitoring of English Language Learners
The WIDA Access-Placement Test (WAPT) is a screener test utilized to help identify students for the ESOL program. If a language other than English is noted as an answer on the Home Language Survey (given during the student enrollment process), then the WAPT will be administered to determine eligibility. The Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS) test is given annually to students identified as English Language Learners in grades K-12. The purpose of this assessment is to determine students’ levels of English proficiency and monitor students’ language acquisition skills. If you would like more information about our ESL program, please contact our Office of Exceptional Education at 804.556.5615.
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