English Learners (ELs)

PA School Code

  • April 29th, 2011
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The education of students who are English Language Learners is addressed by State regulation 22 Pa. Code § 4.26 :
Every school district shall provide a program for each student whose dominant language is not English for the purpose of facilitating the student’s achievement of English proficiency and the academic standards under -language: § 4.12 (relating to academic standards). Programs under this section shall include appropriate bilingual-bicultural or English as a second language (ESL) instruction.

As used here, the term program refers to:

  1. planned instruction by a qualified ESL/Bilingual teacher,
  2. adaptations/modifications in the delivery of content instruction by all teachers based on the student’s language proficiency level and the Pennsylvania Language Proficiency Standards (PA ELPS) for ELLs as well as the Pennsylvania academic standards.
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