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Program Services

Assessment and Identification of English Language Learners

If a language other than English is spoken in the home, the student is assessed with the ACCESS for ELLs language proficiency assessment to determine the student's level of English language proficiency per the Title III requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), 2001. In the state of Oklahoma, proficiency is attained with an ACCESS for ELLs literacy score of 4.5 and an overall composite score of 5.0. Students who score below this standard are identified as English Language Learners.

Reassessment, Monitoring and Exiting of English Language Learners

English Language Learners are reassessed each spring with the ACCESS for ELLs assessment per NCLB Title III requirements. When a student scores a literacy score of 4.5 and an overall composite score of 5.0, he/she has attained English language proficiency in the state of Oklahoma. Students who have attained proficiency are identified as Former English Language Learners (FELL).

FELL students are placed on monitor status for two full academic years immediately following the proficient score. During this monitoring period, FELL students may be eligible for some ELL support services as needed to ensure their continued success.

If, at some point, during the two year monitoring period, staff, teachers or parents are concerned about the student's English language proficiency, a conference may be held with all stakeholders concerning the student's English language proficiency, and the student may be reassessed to determine if further ELL support services are required. Upon successful completion of the two-year monitoring period, FELL students will be formally exited from additional ELL support services.  

Parent Notification 

Parents will be notified of their student's ACCESS for ELLs test score by the district as well as a recommendation for ELL services that are most appropriate to meet their student's educational needs. Per NCLB Title III, parents have the right to decline for their student to participate in ELL services by completing a waiver form, which are available upon request to the Broken Arrow Public Schools Title III Office.  Although parents can decline for their student to participate in ELL services, students identified as English Language Learners cannot be waived from participating in the annual ACCESS for ELLs assessment.

ELL Instructional Services 

ELL instruction is scaffolded to meet the needs of our ELL students' various proficiency levels in order to support their academic success. Some ELL Instructional Services are only available at ELL Regional Center sites. Sheltered Instruction Services are available at all sites. Transportation is provided to ELL Regional Center sites for ELL students whose neighborhood school does not offer those services.

Elementary ELL Instructional Services (Grades Pre-K through 5)

  • ELL Pull-Out Class
  • ELL Push-In Class
  • Sheltered Instruction

ELL pull-out classes and ELL push-in classes are available at Country Lane Primary, Country Lane Intermediate, Creekwood Elementary, Liberty Elementary and Lynn Wood Elementary.

Middle School ELL Instructional Services (Grades 6-8)

  • ELL Class
  • ELL Co-Taught Literature Class
  • Sheltered Instruction

ELL classes and ELL Co-Taught Literature classes are available at Centennial Middle School and Oneta Ridge Middle School.

High School ELL Instructional Services (Grades 9-1)

  • English Class for ELLs
  • Academic Support for ELLs
  • Sheltered Instruction

English Class for ELLs and Academic Support for ELLs are available at the Broken Arrow Academy (grade 9 only) and Broken Arrow High School (Grades 10-12).