Federal Guidelines

  • DISTRICT PLAN FOR HIRING ESL/ELL TEACHERS: Federal guidelines state that districts must have a plan for assessing and documenting all ELL teachers' proficiency in English. Districts must document English proficiency in all four domains of communication including listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

    As required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [3116 (c)], potential ESL teachers’ listening and speaking skills will be evaluated during the interview process. Reading will be documented through the successful completion of the ESL Praxis Test and university course work from a transcript from an English-speaking university. The required writing sample includes responses to a questionnaire about ESL instruction, assessments, and use of data.

    The exact requirement from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 states: “TEACHER ENGLISH FLUENCY-Each eligible entity receiving a subgrant under section 3114 shall include in its plan a certification that all teachers in any language instruction educational program for limited English proficient child that is, or will be, funded under this are fluent in English and any other language used for instruction, including having written and oral communication skills.” [3116 (c)]