English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program Summary

Relevant details and data for the ESOL Program.

Program Overview (SY 2021-22)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Services provides instructional leadership, curriculum and resource development, and support for all English Learners (ELs) to develop:

  • English language proficiency
  • English literacy
  • Content understanding

ESOL Services provides schools with guidance on how to implement the WIDA English Language Development Standards for all ELs, including those eligible for special education or advanced academic programs. In collaboration with other offices, staff members design and revise curricula, develop and select resources and assessments, and provide staff development. The Office of ESOL Services also oversees the programmatic implementation of federal grants serving ELs. 

The office supports a wide range of programs and services which include:

PreK-12 ESOL

PreK-12 ESOL supports all schools to implement

  • High-quality services for ELs
  • Federal and state mandates
  • Best practices for teaching and learning.

PreK-12 ESOL uses a research-based model containing four core elements:

  • Pathways to proficiency
  • English language development
  • Content, language and literacy
  • Systems of support

These elements provide ELs with the instruction and support needed to develop English language proficiency and the attributes of the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate. The office provides a variety of staff development opportunities and analyzes EL student data to make programmatic enhancements. Itinerant ESOL services for students at special education centers and alternative program sites are also provided.

Entry Assessment

Entry Assessment works with families and potential ELs new to FCPS at the three Student Registration Welcome Centers. These sites offer

  • Student Registration
  • ESOL Entry Assessment
  • Family and School Partnerships outreach

ESOL staff provide an initial English Language Proficiency (ELP) screening, placement and credit tests for students identified as potential ELs and support students and their families with the transition to the FCPS community.

English Learner Consultation and Dual Language Assessment

English Learner Consultation and Dual Language Assessment services support English Learners (ELs) who are experiencing academic difficulties. The Dual Language Assessment and Consultation Team works within the multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework to 

  • Support school teams with analysis and data-based decision-making.
  • Provide consultations.
  • Provide dual language assessments.

Adult ESOL

Adult ESOL offers beginning through advanced level ESOL and related courses at sites throughout Fairfax County. Responsibilities include:

  • Student registration
  • Assessment
  • Staff development

It also oversees and implements these grants:

  • Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) Northern Virginia region grant
  • EL/Civics federal grant

Title III Grant Programs

Title III Grant Programs provide grant-funded programs for ELs and their families, such as

  • Early Literacy
  • Family Literacy
  • Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
  • Family Literacy
  • Parents as Educational Partners (PEP)

These programs build relationships with families that support engagement and partnerships for EL student success.

Scope of Impact (2021-22)

ESOL Services supports all schools, centers and non-traditional school programs (NSP) in FCPS.

School Level Number of Sites Number of ESOL Teachers Number of Students Served
ES 142 339 23,485
MS 26 142 4,426
HS 26 288 7,927
Centers and NSP 26 7 231

Actions and Measures

Goal 1

By the end of 2021-22, the percentage of English Learners making progress on the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs annual assessment will surpass the Virginia Department of Education’s target of 50% and meet or exceed 58%.

Actions

  • ESOL central office staff will examine WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and SOL assessment results to determine whether students are meeting growth targets, and to identify the needs of EL subgroups such as ELs with disabilities, long-term ELs, and Students with Limited and/or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE).
  • FCPS will provide annual summer programming with a focus on English language development to all English learners. 
  • ESOL central office staff will provide meaningful feedback, coaching and professional learning to school administrators and teachers that is focused on both English language development and content learning.

Measures

  • WIDA ACCESS for ELLs composite scores
  • FCPS English language development formative assessments

Goal 2

By the end of 2021-22, the federal four-year graduation rate for English Learners will make progress from 67%  toward the Virginia Department of Education target of 71%.

Actions

  • All FCPS schools implement a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) for the instructional, behavioral, and wellness needs of all English learners. Through this MTSS, students' absences are monitored, and students receive targeted interventions based on this data and their needs.
  • ESOL central office staff will examine WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and SOL assessment results to determine whether students are meeting growth targets, and to identify the needs of EL subgroups such as ELs with disabilities, long-term ELs, and Students with Limited and/or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE).
  • FCPS will provide annual summer programming with a focus on English language development to all English learners. 
  • Provide meaningful feedback, coaching and professional learning that is focused on both English language development and content learning.

Measures

  • Quarterly course grade reports
  • Annual reports of course credit
  • Annual reports of progress toward graduation requirements
  • Standards of Learning and alternative test scores