English as a Second Language (ESL)
The Hampton Township School District provides a program for each student whose dominant language is not English for the purpose of facilitating the student's achievement of English proficiency and all academic standards. The family of each student who enrolls in the District is asked to complete a home language survey. If a student's home language is not English, an English proficiency assessment is given. Students who do not demonstrate English proficiency are scheduled for appropriate English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. Questions regarding the ESL program may be referred to the student's assigned school building or the Special Education/Transition Coordinator (412-492-6306).
Placement and Testing
The W-APT Placement Test is used as an evaluation tool for placement of English Language Learning students. The evaluation is given after enrollment is completed within the district and if the home language survey indicates any of the following:
- A student has a first home language other than English
- A student was born outside of the United States
- A student has a dominant first language other than English that may interfere with learning the academic curriculum
To determine maintaining placement in the program and English proficiency, the WIDA ACCESS state tests are administered to all students actively participating in the ESL program. These tests are administered annually from the end of January until the first week in March.
Several components of criteria need to be met for any student exiting the ESL program as follows:
- Scoring proficient in all areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing on the WIDA ACCESS tests on a Tier Level C test
- Maintaining adequate grades in both the ESL and general education classroom in core content areas
- Obtaining a basic or above score on PSSA evaluations, if in a grade-level taking PSSA exams
- ESL teacher and regular classroom teacher observations and portfolios
Throughout any educational career, the laws, regulations and standards must be followed. We have envisioned and created the ESL program based on the state guidelines and regulations, as well as introduced new innovations to enhance the learning needs of the students and ensure success in the classroom.
For further information, please contact Dr. Smith.
Dr. Sharon Smith
Director of Special Education