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New Jersey Profile of Limited English Proficient Students Students Language Minority Students 276,031 Limited English Proficient 66,451 Languages 151 Total Districts 500 District Programs Districts with bilingual education 77 Full-time only 23

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  • Language Minority Students 276,031
  • Limited English Proficient 66,451
  • Languages 151
  • Total Districts 500
district programs
District Programs
  • Districts with bilingual education 77
    • Full-time only 23
    • Part-time only 38
    • Districts with full-time and part-time 16
  • Districts with ESL only 232
  • Districts with English Language

Services 160

  • Spanish 9. Urdu
  • Korean 10. Tagalog
  • Portuguese
  • Haitian Creole
  • Arabic
  • Gujarati
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
administrative code n j a c 6a 15
Administrative CodeN.J.A.C.6A:15
  • Bilingual Education
    • 20 or more LEP students of one language group
  • English as a Second Language
    • 10 or LEP more students of any language
  • English Language Services
    • 9 or fewer students
title iii no child left behind
Title III No Child Left Behind
  • Purpose: To help ensure that limited English proficient students attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic achievement in English and meet the same academic standards as all students are expected to meet.
title iii
Title III
  • Formula Grants to States and Districts
  • Apply through consolidated NCLB application process
  • Subgrants must be at least $10,000 or districts may form consortia to meet minimum
  • Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for English Language Proficiency
    • Students must progress one level in English language proficiency for each year that they are instructed in a language assistance program.
    • Levels are : 1. Beginners; 2. Lower Intermediate; 3. Higher Intermediate; 4.Advanced; 5. English Proficient
  • Objective for Attainment of English Language Proficiency
    • Grades K-4 4 years or less in a program
    • Grades 5-12 5 years or less in a program
translating law and code into meaningful and effective program services
Translating Law and Code into Meaningful and Effective Program Services


  • Impact of No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  • Goals of Bilingual/ESL Programs
  • Curriculum for Bilingual and ESL
  • Stand-Alone vs. Integrated Programs
New Jersey TESOL/NJBE Chapter Roundtables -
  • English Language Proficiency Standards
  • Student Intake and Student Tracking
  • Scheduling
language services for limited english proficient students lep
Language Services for Limited English Proficient Students (LEP)
  • The Bilingual Education Law of 1974 (N.J.S.A. 35-15 to 26) stipulates that districts must establish bilingual education program when enrollment of limited English proficient (LEP) students from the same language reaches 20 or more students in one district.
  • New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C. 6A:15) outlines the programmatic and administrative requirements for school districts that enroll students who are limited English proficient.
program plans
Program Plans
  • Program plans are required every three years for both Bilingual, ESL and English Language Services.
  • New Program plans will be request next spring for 2005 to 2008
types of programs

There are four types of language assistance programs/services

  • Full time Bilingual program with an ESL support component.
  • Bilingual program alternative
  • ESL only
  • English Language Service (ELS)
limited english proficient lep student enrollment tracking system school year 2004 2005

Each year, the Office of Specialized Populations collects enrollment information on students who have a native language other than English and students who are limited English proficient (LEP). The department will continue to collect the data through the Internet to include the following types of date:

  • Data for three-and four-year-old preschool students; and
  • Data for LEP special education students in grades K-12.
  • Number of students from the total district population that speak a language other than English at home
limited english proficient lep student enrollment tracking system school year 2004 200516


The student information reported should be based on enrollment as of October 15, 2004, and the report must be submitted via the Internet to the Department of Education by November 19, 2004.

limited english proficient lep student enrollment tracking system school year 2004 200517
  • Your DOE Net account will not provide access to the LEP data collection. LEP accounts must be assigned through the DOE Web Administrator System. Information regarding the Web Administrator System can be found at The form necessary to submit and create a Web Administrator Account is available at this site.
limited english proficient lep student enrollment tracking system school year 2004 200518
  • For technical assistance with the data collection system, please e-mail your questions to or call (609) 292-8777.
immigrant student count
Immigrant Student Count
  • Each February, a count is requested on the number of immigrant students in districts.
  • The information requested is the number eligible immigrant students (Pre K-12) enrolled in the school district and the number of eligible immigrant students enrolled in nonprofit, nonpublic schools within the district.
federal definition of immigrant student
Federal Definition of Immigrant Student
  • Aged 3 to 21
  • Were not born in any state, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, ST. Croix and St. John
  • Have not been attending one or more schools in one or more states for more than three full academic years.
lep annual progress exit
LEP Annual Progress/Exit
  • Each spring or close to the end of the school year, districts are required to report to NJDOE the results of the language proficiency test. ALL DISTRICTS WITH LEP STUDENTS MUST REPORT.
  • The results that are reported are the number of students that scores in each of the 5 proficiency levels.
  • Reporting must be done by grade level and time in program.
recording language proficiency data on elp
Recording Language Proficiency Data on ELP
  • Maintain records of scores and proficiency levels for all students on all sections of the test
  • Maintain records of continuous date language instruction began and grade level of the student
reporting elp and exit data
Reporting ELP and Exit Data
  • By school
  • By grade
  • By time in program receiving English language instruction (Less than 1 yr, first year, second year, etc.)
  • Number of students at each level of English language proficiency (Levels 1,2,3,4 & 5)
  • Number of students exiting
  • Number of students improving at least one level from previous year
title iii parental notification
TITLE III Parental Notification
  • NCLB provides specific instructions and requirements that districts must, no later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year, must inform the parent or parents of a limited English proficient (LEP) student that their child has been identified for participation in a language instruction educational program.
  • Districts not receiving Title III funds still must notify parents according to NJAC 6A:15-1.13.
  • Language Proficiency
  • State Assessments
language proficiency tests
Language Proficiency Tests
  • Approved Tests:
    • IDEA Proficiency Test (IPT)- Ballard and Tighe Publishers
    • Maculaitis II (MACII) Test of English Language Proficiency –Touchstone Applied Science Associates
    • Language Assessment Scales (LAS)-


New Test ( Spring, 2006)- ELDA

use of language proficiency tests
Use of Language Proficiency Tests
  • Identification of LEP Students upon Enrollment
  • Measure Progress in Learning English
  • Determine Readiness for Exit (multiple indicators)
statewide assessments
Statewide Assessments
  • LEP students may take assessments with accommodations
    • Extra time
    • Bilingual dictionary
    • Translated instructions
  • Exemption from Language Arts Literacy test during 1st year in U.S. school (tentative)
new jersey english language proficiency standards
New Jersey English Language Proficiency Standards
  • Previous standards aligned the TESOL ESL standards to New Jersey’s Language Arts Literacy Standards
  • NJ Language Arts Literacy Standards were revised in 2002 and in 2004
  • No Child Left Behind mandates ELP standards that:
    • address the four domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing and
    • are linked to the academic content and achievement standards in reading/language arts, mathematics and science (by 2005-06)
the goal
The Goal
  • To teach English Language Learners (ELLs) to use English to achieve academically in all content areas
the purpose
The Purpose
  • Indicate what students should know to develop competence in English as a result of instruction
  • Assist curriculum developers
  • Review, revise, or develop ESL curriculum
the components
The Components
  • TESOL’s ESL Standards
  • New Jersey Language Arts Literacy Core Curriculum Content Standards
  • New Jersey Five Language Proficiency Levels
  • Sample Classroom Tasks

Grades 3-5Reading English Language Proficiency Standard– Students will be able to read (decode and comprehend) texts for recreational and academic purposes.

p rofessional development
Professional Development
  • ESL Reading – 10/27, 11/18, 12/14
  • ESL Content
  • Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)
  • Setting Up A Data Tracking System
  • English Language Learners in the Mainstream Online Tutorial
  • Second Language Model Program Resource Centers
how to use the online tutorial
How To Use The Online Tutorial
  • Formal ongoing in-service activity (3-4 weeks, 15 PD hours)
  • Hybrid activity (partially conducted by a district PD facilitator, partially going online to participate in course and complete assignments)
  • Learn on your own completely online

New Jersey Department of Education

Office of Specialized Populations

Bureau of Bilingual/ESL Education

James F. Curry, Acting Director,

Raquel Sinai, Bilingual/ESL Coordinator,

Louis D’Amato, Bilingual/ESL Education Program Specialist,

Lori Ramella, Bilingual/ESL Education Program Specialist,

(609) 292-8777

atlantic city board of education maryann mena district esl bilingual teacher 609 343 7200 ext 5055
Atlantic City Board of EducationMaryAnn MenaDistrict ESL/Bilingual Teacher(609) 343-7200 ext. 5055