English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program
Goochland’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program provides instruction and supports for English 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 (SOL). Currently, two percent of our student population are considered English Learners.
Specific processes are mandated through state and federal regulations to ensure the appropriate identification of English Learners. If a language other than English is noted on the Home Language Survey (which is completed by parents during the student enrollment process), then an ESOL screening test is administered to determine whether the student is eligible for ESOL services. If a student qualifies for ESOL services, then an individualized plan is developed for the student that includes classroom accommodations and services for the English Learner. The accommodations and services for each English Learner varies depending on the student’s level of English proficiency. The Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS) test is given annually to students identified as English 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 ESOL program, please contact our Office of Exceptional Education at 804.556.5615.
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