Every three years, all school districts at which English language learners (ELLs) are enrolled must complete a plan describing their district's program for ELLs. The 2021-2022 school year is the beginning of a new three-year cycle ending in the spring of 2024.
English Language Learner Three-Year Program Plans 2021-2024
Pursuant to the regulatory requirements for Bilingual Education in New Jersey’s Bilingual Education Code (N.J.A.C. 6A:15-1.6), every three years school districts must submit a plan describing their district’s program for English language learners (ELLs). The plan is an opportunity for educators to review the academic needs of their ELLs and the type of language assistance program and academic environment that would best address those needs. ELLs are held to the same rigorous, standards-based curricula and high-stake assessments as their English proficient peers as they are acquiring the English language and becoming acculturated to American schools. In developing the program plan, school districts are encouraged to keep in mind the challenges students face with cultural changes and acquiring a new language, and design programs that provide the language, foundational and grade-level skills that students need to make a successful transition to classes with their English-proficient peers. The 2021-2022 school year is the beginning of a new three-year cycle ending in the spring of 2024. The plan format has changed from paper submission to submission by way of Microsoft Forms. Districts will complete the electronic Forms and upload Board-approved minutes of the plan to Homeroom.