In Aurora Public Schools, our core beliefs include:
All students must have equitable access to learning opportunities, technology and environments that support them in reaching their full potential.
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APS Alternative Language Program
The Aurora Public Schools Alternative Language Program Framework defines the essential components of what our schools offer as instructional supports and access to grade level curriculum for all English Language Learners.
Colorado Academic Standards
The Colorado Department of Education and Aurora Public Schools have adopted the WIDA ELD Standards as a part of the Colorado Academic Standards. These standards, specifically related to developing English language proficiency, are called the Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards or CELP Standards.
Here is an example of one of the five CELP standards.
English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content areas of Language Arts.
The other standards include the language of Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Social Instructional Language.
State Testing for English Language Learners
Every year, all students identified as English Language Learners in the state of Colorado take a standardized test to measure proficiency towards the CELP standards. This test is called the WIDA ACCESS test and is normally administered in the month of January.
After the test is completed, individual student results are provided to the school and student's family. Here is a sample of what the individual student report looks like:
Information is available in 47 different languages to help families understand what their child's individual scores mean. https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/UnderstandingScores.aspx
READ Act Plans and English Language Learners
The READ Act is a Colorado law that sets guidelines to ensure every student completes third grade reading at or above grade level. It helps schools to identify students who need additional instructional support in order to read at grade level.
Visit our Department of Accountabilities and Data Reporting website to find informational brochures available in the following languages about READ plans.