Welcome to the English Language Learners Program

  • The ELL Program supports schools in delivering an equal educational opportunity to students who speak a language or languages other than English, who speak another language in addition to English, or who have a language other than English spoken in their home, and who are academically achieving below grade level. The program focuses on helping students gain basic interpersonal communication skills and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP) skills in English, while developing and maintaining a healthy cross-cultural perspective.

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  • ACCESS for ELLs Testing February-March 2019

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 1/17/2019 1:00:00 PM

    All students eligible for ELL Program services will be tested using the ACCESS for ELLs assessment during the two month testing window (February-March). ELL staff at schools will be able to answer any school specific scheduling questions.


    Students in grades 1-12 will take the computer based ACCESS for ELLs assessment. Students can access the ACCESS for ELLs Test Practice at home (open the link in Chrome browser). Students will be offered an opportunity to practice at school prior to the test, to ensure that all students are familiar with the online tools and comfortable testing online.


    Students in Kindergarten will be tested individually using the paper-based Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs assessment.


    More information about ACCESS for ELLs and Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs can be found on WIDA Consortium webpages. You can also visit the FNSBSD ELL Program ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage for additional information and links to test demos.

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    Posted by Virva Elliott on 9/27/2018 2:30:00 PM
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  • FNSBSD English Learner Plan of Service 2018-2023 Approved by DEED

    Posted by Virva J. Elliott on 6/21/2018 8:45:00 AM

    Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has approved the new English Learner (EL) Plan of Service (POS) for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. The new EL POS is effective from 6/5/2018 until 7/1/2023. The EL POS may be revised annually, as necessary.


    You can view the EL Plan of Service 2018-2023 here.


    If you have questions regarding the EL Plan of Service, please contact the Director of ELL Program, Virva Elliott, at virva.elliott@k12northstar.org or (907) 452-2000 ext. 11467.


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Last Modified on January 31, 2019