English Language Development Program
The Radnor Township School District’s English Language Development Program serves students whose dominant language is not English for the purpose of facilitating the students’ achievement of English proficiency and the academic standards as per state regulation, 22 Pa. Code § 4.26.
As used here, the term "program" refers to planned English language development instruction by a qualified ESL teacher, and adaptations/modifications in the delivery of content instruction and assessments by all teachers based on students’ language proficiency levels and the Pennsylvania English Language Development Standards (PA ELDS) Framework for ELs as well as the Pennsylvania academic standards.
Contact the English Language Development teacher at your child's school or Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning Dr. Shawn Dutkiewicz.
Frequently Asked Questions about the ELD Program
- What is ELD?
- What are the criteria for ELD entrance and exit?
- How is English taught?
- How does the ELD teacher help the classroom teacher?
- How are ELD students graded?
- What is the Support Services Team?
- What is the PTO?
- What are Culture Buddies?
What is ELD?
What are the criteria for ELD entrance and exit?
How is English taught?
How does the ELD teacher help the classroom teacher?
How are ELD students graded?
What is the Support Services Team?
What is the PTO?
What are Culture Buddies?
Fun games and activities to practice your English language skills:
Starfall education Funbrain
Activities for ESL Students (Parents and Children)
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
Ultimate English Language Learning Guide
ACCESS for ELLs Assessment
ACCESS for ELLs is an English language proficiency test that measures
students’ academic English language skills.
- The ACCESS for ELLs is a state mandated assessment for all students
who are identified as English Learners (ELLs). ELLs take an English language proficiency test every year.
- Testing helps teachers understand whether students have the language skills they need to fully participate in the classroom. Your child’s teachers use ACCESS for ELLs test scores as they decide how best to teach your child.
- Test scores also help teachers track your child’s progress in learning academic English and help schools decide what English language support services to provide. You can use test information to advocate for your child at school.
Your child does not need to study for ACCESS for ELLs. The test is an
opportunity for students to demonstrate all the ways that they
understand and can communicate in English.