Key ELL Terms and Definitions
State-mandated listening, speaking, reading and writing assessment for ELL students in grades K-12, administered annually.
English Language Learner (ELL and LEP are used interchangeably in this document.)
English Language Education
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
Limited English Proficient (Used interchangeably with ELL in this document)
Model Performance Indicators which describe specific levels of English language proficiency for a language domain
No Child Left Behind
Massachusetts Law passed on a referendum in November, 2002 that requires Sheltered English Instruction
Sheltered English Immersion
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.
World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (a national consortium which provides standards and assessments for ELLs)
WIDA Access Placement test for screening
WIDA CAN DO Descriptors (CanDo’s)
Benchmarks for Progress Monitoring
English Language Development Standards (replaces ELPBO)