ESOL/Bilingual Programs → Instructional Programs
The State of Maryland is a member of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. As a member of WIDA, the Maryland State Department of Education and all public school systems in Maryland use the WIDA English language development standards and assessments to guide the development of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) curriculum, assess English language proficiency levels, and inform ESOL instructional placement decisions
There are five WIDA standards:
Students progress through various levels as they attain the necessary English language proficiency for academic success in the general education program:
At all levels of English language proficiency, all teachers working with English language learners are expected to provide appropriate supports to ensure that every student has meaningful access to content instruction. In Maryland, students who reach an overall English language proficiency level of 5.0 (Bridging) are exited from the ESOL program.
The ESOL instructional specialists provide direct support to schools and professional development opportunities for ESOL teachers, general education teachers, special educators, as well as other support professionals and school-based administrators.
ESOL in Pre-K and Elementary School
The goal of the ESOL curriculum is to enable the English Language Learner (ELL), who is learning English as a new language, to develop the language skills needed to achieve academically, participate successfully in the school and classroom setting, and adjust socially to the U.S. culture.
ESOL in Middle School
The ESOL program at the middle school level enrolls linguistically and culturally diverse secondary students, who require intensive structured English language instruction and orientation to a new cultural and academic environment.
ESOL in High School
The ESOL program at the high school level enrolls linguistically and culturally diverse secondary students who require intensive English language instruction and orientation to a new cultural and academic environment.
Multidisciplinary Educational Training and Support Program (METS)
The METS program is designed to meet the linguistic and academic needs of English language learners who have had limited or no previous schooling or significant schooling gaps due to interrupted or disrupted education.
Students Engaged in Pathways to Achievement Program (SEPA)
The SEPA program is a career-based instructional program for Spanish-speaking high school ESOL students who have experienced interrupted or limited formal education.
Career Readiness Education Academy (CREA)
CREA is a career-based readiness education program for older English Language Learners (ELLs) in MCPS who are not on track to meet the graduation requirements before turning 21 as a result of limited or interrupted formal education.