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BP 6174


Education For English Learners


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) intends to provide English learners with challenging curriculum and instruction that develop proficiency in English while facilitating student achievement in the district’s regular course of study.


The San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) shall identify in its local control and accountability plan (LCAP) goals and specific actions and services to enhance student engagement, academic achievement, and other outcomes for English learners.


(cf. 0460 – Local Control and Accountability Plan)


The Superintendent or designee shall encourage parent/guardian and community involvement in the development and evaluation of programs for English learners.


(cf. 0420 – School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 1220 – Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 6020 – Parent Involvement)


English learners shall be provided English language development instruction targeted to their English proficiency level and aligned with the state content standards and curriculum framework. The SBCOE’s program shall be based on sound instructional theory, use standards-aligned instructional materials, and assist students in accessing the full educational program.


(cf. 6011 – Academic Standards)

(cf. 6141 – Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6161.1 – Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 – Supplementary Instructional Materials)


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all staff employed to teach English learners possess the appropriate authorization from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


The SBCOE shall provide effective professional development to teachers (including teachers in classroom settings that are not the settings of language instruction educational programs), administrators, and other school or community-based organization personnel to improve the instruction and assessment of English learners and enhance staff’s ability to understand and use curricula, assessment, and instructional strategies for English learners. Such professional development shall be of sufficient intensity and duration to produce a positive and lasting impact on teachers’ performance in the classroom. (20 USC 6825)


Identification and Assessment


The Superintendent or designee shall maintain procedures for the accurate identification of English learners and an assessment of their proficiency and needs in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.


Once identified as an English learner, a student shall be annually assessed for language proficiency until he/she is reclassified based on criteria specified in the accompanying administrative regulation.


English learners’ academic achievement in English language arts, mathematics, science, and any additional subject required by law shall be assessed using the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. As necessary, the test shall be administered with testing variations in accordance with 5 CCR 853.5 and 853.7.  English learners who are in their first 12 months of attending a school in the United States shall be exempted from taking the English language arts assessment to the extent allowed by federal law. (Education Code 60603, 60640; 5 CCR 853.5, 853.7)


(cf. 6152.51 – State Academic Achievement Tests)


Language Acquisition Programs


In establishing the SBCOE’s language acquisition programs, the Superintendent or designee shall consult with parents/guardians and the community during the LCAP development process. He/she shall also consult with administrators, teachers, and other personnel with appropriate authorizations and experience in establishing a language acquisition program. (Education Code 305)


Language acquisition programs are educational programs that are designed to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and as effectively as possible and that provide instruction to students on the state-adopted academic content standards, including the English language development standards. The language acquisition programs provided to students shall be informed by research and shall lead to grade-level proficiency and academic achievement in both English and another language. (Education Code 306)


The SBCOE shall offer English learners a structured English immersion program to ensure that English learners have access to the core academic content standards, including the English language development standards, and become proficient in English. In the structured English immersion program, nearly all of the classroom instruction shall be provided in English, but with the curriculum and presentation designed for students who are learning English.  (Education Code 305-306)


For the purpose of determining the amount of instruction to be conducted in English in the structured English immersion program, “nearly all” means that all classroom instruction shall be conducted in English except for clarification, explanation, and support as needed.


Program Evaluation


To evaluate the effectiveness of the SBCOE’s educational program for English learners, the Superintendent or designee shall report to the Board, at least annually, regarding:


  1. Progress of English learners towards proficiency in English


  1. The number and percentage of English learners reclassified as fluent English proficient


  1. The number and percentage of English learners who are or are at risk of being classified as long-term English learners in accordance with Education Code 313.1


  1. The achievement of English learners on standards-based tests in core curricular areas


  1. Progress toward any other goals for English learners identified in the district’s LCAP


  1. A comparison of current data with data from at least the previous year


The Superintendent or designee also shall provide the Board with regular reports from any schoolwide English learner advisory committees.


Legal Reference:


300-340  English language education, especially:

305-310  Language acquisition programs

313-313.5 Assessment of English proficiency

430-446  English Learner and Immigrant Pupil Federal Conformity Act

33050  State Board of Education waiver authority

42238.02-42238.03  Local control funding formula

44253.1-44253.11  Qualifications for teaching English learners

48980  Parental notifications

48985  Notices to parents in language other than English

52052  Numerically significant student subgroups

52060-52077  Local control and accountability plan

52130-52135  Impacted Languages Act of 1984

52160-52178  Bilingual Bicultural Act

56305  CDE manual on English learners with disabilities

60603  Definition, recently arrived English learner

60605.87  Supplemental instructional materials, English language development

60640  California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

60810-60812  Assessment of language development

62005.5  Continuation of advisory committee after program sunsets


853.5-853.7 Test administration; universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations

11300-11316  English learner education

11510-11517  California English Language Development Test


1412  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; state eligibility

1701-1705  Equal Educational Opportunities Act

6311  Title I state plan

6312  Title I local education agency plans

6801-7014  Title III, language instruction for English learners and immigrant students

7801  Definitions


100.3  Discrimination prohibited

200.16  Assessment of English learners


Valeria G. v. Wilson, (2002) 307 F.3d 1036

California Teachers Association v. State Board of Education et al., (9th Circuit, 2001) 271 F.3d 1141

McLaughlin v. State Board of Education, (1999) 75 Cal.App.4th 196

Teresa P. et al v. Berkeley Unified School District et al, (1989) 724  F.Supp. 698


83 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 40 (2000)

California Association for Bilingual Education:

California Department of Education:

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition:

U.S. Department of Education:



Policy Adopted: 3-7-18