2015 ORS § 336.079¹
English language learners
  • statewide plan
  • report
  • interventions
  • rules

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This section is amended
Effective March 3, 2016
Relating to reporting requirements for English language learner programs; creating new provisions; amending ORS 327.016 and 336.079; repealing section 7, chapter 604, Oregon Laws 2015; and declaring an emergency.

(1) As used in this section, English language learner means a student who:

(a) Has limited English language proficiency because English is not the native language of the student or the student comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the students level of English language proficiency; and

(b) Meets any other criteria established by the State Board of Education by rule.

(2) Specific courses to teach speaking, reading and writing of the English language shall be provided at kindergarten and each grade level to students who are unable to benefit from classes taught in English. The courses shall be taught at school until the students are able to benefit from classes conducted in English.

(3) The Department of Education shall develop and implement a statewide plan to support students eligible for and enrolled in an English language learner program under this section.

(4) Each school district shall file a report related to students eligible for and enrolled in an English language learner program as provided by ORS 327.016 (Report related to State School Fund moneys received for English language learner programs).

(5)(a) Based on the report received under subsection (4) of this section, the department shall identify school districts that are:

(A) Not meeting objectives and the needs of students eligible for and enrolled in an English language learner program, taking into account the specific learning challenges and demographics of the students; or

(B) In need of targeted assistance.

(b) The department, in consultation with a school district identified under paragraph (a) of this subsection, shall establish the expected growth in student progress indicators, and the expected benchmarks for student progress indicators, for English language learners of the school district. The interventions shall be provided for four years after the school district has been identified.

(c) The department, in consultation with a school district identified under paragraph (a)(A) of this subsection, shall design and implement an accountability system of progressive interventions for the school district. The interventions shall be provided for four years after the school district has been identified.

(d) The department shall provide technical assistance to school districts that have been identified under paragraph (a)(B) of this subsection. Technical assistance shall be provided for four years after the school district has been identified.

(e) If a school district has been identified under paragraph (a) of this subsection for four years and has not met the expected growth in student progress indicators, and the expected benchmarks for student progress indicators, established under paragraph (b) of this subsection, the department shall direct the school district on how to expend moneys received under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts) (1)(c)(A)(ii) for up to three years. [1971 c.326 §3; 1993 c.45 §77; 2015 c.604 §8]