The ESL program at IPS operates on a “pull-out” system based on referrals by classroom teachers whose assessments are usually made at the beginning of the school year, but can include new students entering during the year whose admission test warrants additional language testing. The program also takes into account identification of students whose language difficulties develop after the start of the school year.
Students identified and referred by classroom teachers are then administered the Ideas Proficiency Test (IPT). For KG and Grade 1, this is an oral diagnostic test; for Grades 1 - 3, the assessment also includes reading comprehension and writing.. For students Grade 4 and above, the test is divided into reading and writing segments. Placement of students is based on designation from test results as well as grade level.
The Language Specialist works closely with the classroom teacher to provide additional and parallel instruction that takes into account students’ linguistic competence. Goals are set to target and strengthen weaknesses in language skills. Students in the ESL program receive modified marks that reflect specific goals achieved. Assessment is on-going; communication between classroom teacher and Language Specialist is frequent and reflects students’ progress. Quarterly and semester evaluations determine goals attained and further ESL needs.