English Language Learners (Teachers): Hiring Plan

All teachers of any language instruction program for English Learners (ELs) need to be fluent and competent in four domains of language assessed by the English Language Proficiency Assessment: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

As required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [3116 (c)], potential ESL teachers’ listening and speaking skills will be evaluated through the interview process. Reading and fluency will be documented through the successful completion of the ESL Praxis and university course work shown through a transcript from an English speaking university. One writing sample will be required during the interview process to evaluate writing ability. If further evaluation is deemed necessary, the Idea Proficiency Test (IPT) will be administered.

The exact requirement from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is: “TEACHER ENGLISH FLUENCY-Each eligible entity receiving a sub-grant 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)]

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