The mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program of Bladen county is to ensure that students identified as English Language Learners attain English proficiency, develop high
levels of academic attainment in English, and meeet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement as their peers.
Kindergarten students whose native or home language is a language other than English and who score below 27 on the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) in Listening and Speaking are identified as English Language Learners (ELL/EL).
First graders who score below 27 on the W-APT Listening and Speaking and score below 14 in Reading and score below 17 in writing are identified.
Students in grades 2-12 who score below level 5- Bridging in at least one language domain or below level 5 in the composite score of the W-APT are identified.
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