Key ELL Terms and Definitions

ACCESS
State-mandated listening, speaking, reading and writing assessment for ELL students in grades K-12, administered annually.

ELL
English Language Learner (ELL and LEP are used interchangeably in this document.)

ELE
English Language Education

ELD
ELD Teacher refers to teachers who are certified (or under approved Teacher waivers from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) to teach ESL

LEP 
Limited English Proficient (Used interchangeably with ELL in this document)

MPI
Model Performance Indicators which describe specific levels of English language proficiency for a language domain

NCLB
No Child Left Behind

Question 2
Massachusetts Law passed on a referendum in November, 2002 that requires Sheltered English Instruction

SEI
Sheltered English Immersion

SEI
The SEI program in the Burlington Public Schools provides LEP students with grade-level content instruction delivered in sheltered English, which makes this content accessible to all students.  At the same time, SEI teachers scaffold students’ English language development, thus ensuring that LEP students continue to develop the academic language (oral and written) necessary for continued academic success.

WIDA
World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (a national consortium which provides standards and assessments for ELLs)

W-APT
WIDA Access Placement test for screening

WIDA CAN DO Descriptors (CanDo’s)
Benchmarks for Progress Monitoring

WIDA ELD Standards
English Language Development Standards (replaces ELPBO)