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Developing a Program
Under federal law, adopting an ELL program with a sound education design is not sufficient if the program as implemented proves ineffective. As a result, a central element of satisfying Title VI requirements regarding services for ELL students is an ongoing evaluation of a district's ELL program.
Part III of these materials identifies illustrative approaches and various considerations to assist districts in designing their own approach to ELL program self-evaluation.
- Is the program working?
- Are ELL students gaining the proficiency in English that will enable them to participate meaningfully in the district's education program?
If a program is not working effectively, a school district is responsible for making appropriate program adjustments or changes. This requirement is based on the obligation arising from Title VI for a school district to provide ELL students with meaningful opportunities to participate in its educational program.
In addition to satisfying legal obligations, ELL program self-evaluations can produce benefits to the district and its stakeholders.
Examples of benefits resulting from program self-evaluations that have been reported to OCR from various school districts and other stakeholders include: |
- Increased stakeholder participation and support. Utilization of available knowledge and expertise as program changes are developed (e.g., teachers, counselors, administrators, parental input, students, and various experts).
- Assistance to staff in planning districtwide and site-based program improvements.
- Concentration of resources on those priorities identified for all students and increased program alignment with the district's overall academic goals.
- Maintained or increased accountability for meeting program goals and student outcomes at all levels of the program. Increasing the use of best practices in the classroom.
- Contributions to the current and future success of ELL students in the greater community.
- Establishment of concrete information and examples of successful program strategies and areas where the program is achieving goals and objectives (e.g., promoting positive community relations).