This article is a part of a four-part series highlighting the LRHS English Learner Language (ELL) program.

Angel Markoski – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS English Language Learners (ELL/ESOL) program has evolved for the 2022-2023 school year.

“As new things are learned about educating these students and as government policy changes,” said ESOL teacher Dawn Haushalter.

Every class comes with assignments, challenging work, grades, and success. In the ESOL classroom success is measured differently.

“In the past, if we had a student arrive as an 11th grader from Brazil who had never been exposed to the English language, they were still expected to pass the 10th grade Reading Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) to graduate. This year this policy is changing. We do not know exactly how yet, but there will be other things (tests or assignments) considered as equivalent measures,” continued Haushalter.

ESOL teacher aide Avelina Besse said, “I would say that success is measured by either exiting the program because grades and testing show that it is no longer necessary or graduating high school as a speaker of more than one language.”

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The average high school class requires students to have a grade of 60% or higher to pass. The ESOL class is different because you do not really pass it.

“There is not really a pass. It is more about being able to be successful with or without the accommodation and adaptations that the program provides,” added Haushalter.