RUSD English Learner Program
Rescue Union School District presently serves approximately 170 English Learners who speak a variety of languages from around the world. We believe that all students, regardless of language, race, socio-economic status or ethnic background, shall be afforded options and opportunities to be college and career ready. With English learners comprising a quarter of the state of California's six million students, RUSD makes it a high priority to engage in conversations around instructional practices related to English learner outcomes. We are committed to the whole child being literate and reaching their full potential in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English and promote the continued use of each student's heritage language.
Foundation of RUSD EL Program
There are many Federal and State laws that establish the rights of English Learners and define the responsibilities of school districts serving them.
- In 2016, California Proposition 58 was passed. Proposition 58 repealed the English-only immersion requirement and waiver provisions required by Proposition 227 of 1998. The key tenets of Proposition 58 are:
- Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students become proficient in English.
- Requires school districts to solicit parent and community input in developing language acquisition programs to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible.
- Requires that school districts provide students with limited English proficiency the option to be taught English nearly all in English.
- Authorizes school districts to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and non-native English speakers.
- Allows parents/legal guardians of students to select an available language acquisition program that best suits their child.
Constitution of the United States, Fourteenth Amendment (1868)
Civil Rights Act, Title VI (1964)
Equal Educational Opportunities Act (1974)
Lau v. Nichols (1974)
Castañeda v. Pickard (Texas, 1981)
The ELPAC has two parts:
The ELPAC tests four different area:
Do students with disabilities take the ELPAC?
How Can I Help My Child Get Ready for the ELPAC?
Reclassification Dinner and Ceremony at Pleasant Grove Middle School!
The English Learner (EL) master Plan for the Rescue Union School District guides the implementation of highly-effective programs for English learners and ensures that these programs achieve the district's goals for ELs. The master plan also serves to ensure that EL programs are consistent with state and federal law. Sections of the Master Plan include:
The District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) advises the governing board on the master plan for English learner education, district-wide needs assessment, and setting district goals for English learner education. The DELAC assists the district with language census report, written parent notification of initial assessment, district's reclassification process, review of and comments on any related requests. The majority of the DELAC members are parents of EL students. The DELAC members are trained by the English Learner staff.
School sites with 21 or more English Learners must have a functioning English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The committee advises the principal on the development of the school plan for English Learners and performs other duties and responsibilities as required by law. Currently, Green Valley Elementary and Lakeview Elementary have ELAC meetings. For a list of upcoming meetings, see below. Agendas for the current month are listed below.
Contact Amy Bohren at (530) 672-4831 with any questions.
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