English Language Development Program

English Language Development (ELD) refers to an instructional program for students who are developing proficiency in English. The ELD program at Old Forge includes:

1. Planned English language development instruction by a qualified ESL Education teacher, and

2. Differentiation in the delivery of content instruction and assessments by all teachers based on students' language proficiency levels and WIDA Can Do Descriptors. For more information on ELD: PDE’s Website on Educating English Learners

English Language Learners (ELLs)

English Language Learners (ELLs) refer to students who were not born in the US, whose native language is not English and comes from an environment where a language other than English is spoken. Additionally, ELLs refer to students who are migratory with a native language other than English and come from an environment where English is not the dominant language.

Student Placement

While registering, parents/guardians of new students must complete the Home Language Survey (HLS). Based on the responses to the HLS, an ESL teacher will screen and/or assess a newly enrolled student for his/her English language proficiency. ESL teachers will review student screener scores and student records to suggest the best placement. Parents have the right to refuse placement in the ELD program. For more information on opting out of ELD services, click here.

Exiting the ELD Program

Students in the ELD program are assessed annually using the WIDA ACCESS Test. ELD teachers determine whether the student has met state-mandated exit criteria each year. After exiting the program, students will be monitored by ESL teachers for four years. Exit criteria and monitoring information can be found here.

Translation Services

Old Forge School District uses an interpreter service to communicate with families concerning academic or any school needs.