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Comment Sought on Policy on the Education of English Language Learners

March 10, 2011
  The Montgomery County Board of Education has requested community comment regarding its Policy IOD, Education of English Language Learners.

  On March 8, 2011, the Board of Education tentatively adopted Policy IOD, which reaffirms the education of English language learners as a high priority for Montgomery County Public Schools. The policy also ensures compliance with federal and state mandates regarding the education of English language learners.

   The updated draft identifies English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) as the specific program to be provided to eligible English language learners and identifies specific skill areas to be developed. The updated draft further specifies that the ESOL curriculum is aligned with the English language proficiency standards in the Maryland State Department of Education English language proficiency state curriculum. The draft also clarifies that the academic progress of ESOL program participants will be reported to the Montgomery County Board of Education through the annual report.

   Copies of the draft policy are available through the Department of Public Information and Web Services by calling 301-279-3391 or by clicking on the link below.

   Individuals who wish to provide comments should respond in writing by
May 11, 2011. All responses should be sent to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Md. 20850 or to the Board of Education at boe@mcpsmd.org. All responses will be shared with the Board of Education and the superintendent of schools.


Policy IOD, Education of English Language Learners



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