As English language learners (ELLs) become proficient in English, their need for language support services declines. Based on state or school district criteria, these students are reclassified with the appropriate language supports. Exiting ELLs once they’ve achieved English proficiency is crucial because studies have shown that ELLs succeed when they’ve learned English and participate in mainstream classrooms. Yet, many districts fail to appropriately reclassify their students due to disparate student data, lack of communication or inadequate resources.
And now, at the end of the school year, the process of exiting ELLs becomes the topic du jour: test scores are in, classes are being scheduled for next year and a fresh crop of newcomer ELLs is just around the corner.