ELL (English Language Learning)

English Language Learners: ELL students currently constitute 12.15% of all public school students enrolled in the South Sioux City Community School District. This percentage is higher than the state average of 6.20%.*

Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), public schools must ensure that ELL students can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs. In addition, under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ELLs must show increased academic achievement in content areas each year, while learning English. Schools in Nebraska are also subject to implementing the provisions of Rule 15: Regulations and Procedures for the Education of Students with Limited English Proficiency in Public Schools. The purpose of Title 92, Nebraska Administrative code, Chapter 15 is to enable each limited English proficient student to become proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The rule requires schools to:

  • Identify students in need of services
  • Implement a language instruction educational program
  • See that staff members are endorsed or have received professional development
  • Ensure students participate in the state assessments with appropriate accommodations
  • Exit  students when they have attained English proficiency
  • Conduct an annual program review

In the South Sioux City School District, our ELL program is based on English immersion, focusing on inclusive practices.  Our ELL teachers have prioritized the NE ELPA21 standards and created proficiency scales for the priority standards.  A significant shift was made five years ago, from a pull-out model of service provision to ensuring that all students, regardless of special program status, have full and equal access to the same guaranteed and viable curriculum in the general education setting, to the full extent appropriate.

*Information from 2014-15 Nebraska Department of Education State of the Schools Report