English Language Learners
All students classified as English Language Learners (EL) will be held to the same standards established by the Board of Education for promotion and retention. The retention or promotion of the EL students will be based upon their achievement within the curriculum provided to them in either English or in their primary language. The law states that if any student does not achieve at the established academic level due to the lack of English Language skills, he/she will not be retained. Students who do not make adequate progress throughout the year towards English language proficiency will be placed into one of the following intervention programs: before/during/after school programs, tutoring, Saturday school, and/or summer school. Students enrolled in the Alternative Bilingual Program also will be expected to meet benchmarks in Spanish (SABE/2 or a comparable measure.) Learner’s Expected Progress on charts 3.5 for K-5 and chart 3.10 for 6-12 in the Desert Sands Unified School District Master Plan for English Learners.