Georgia Cyber Academy offers an ESOL program to students that qualify for services. Students in the program will receive small group support daily through a live class connect session with an ESOL certified teacher. Through the use of a National Geographic’s curriculum, students will work on reading, listening, speaking, and writing English Skills. Students get a unique opportunity practice their skills in a highly engaging and exciting class.
The ESOL teachers work in collaboration with classroom and other special programs teachers to support language acquisition of academic and social skills.
ESOL students will become fluent in the English language in the areas of listening, reading, writing, and speaking as measured by the WIDA Can-Do descriptors.
The ESOL teachers work in collaboration with families to ensure students and families receive the supports they need to be successful in a virtual schooling environment.
The ESOL program encourages the student's positive recognition and value of their culture and the diverse culture of others.
Upon enrollment, families fill out the Home Language survey. Students who have a home language other than English are screened for eligibility. Students are screened during a scheduled in-person session using the WIDA Screener. Students that score eligible are offered ESOL services and are now considered English Learners (EL).
A student exits the ESOL program by scoring on grade level in the English Language as measured by the results of the annual ACCESS test. Students that score high enough will no longer receive ESOL services. They will be monitored by the school for two years to ensure success and mastery of the content curriculum without the service in place.
W-APT and WIDA Screener Placement Test
This is the state required screening test for potential EL students. The W-APT will be used one for 2nd semester Pre-K through 1st semester 1st grade. Students 1st grade second semester through 12th grade will take the WIDA™ Screener. Students who come from other counties or from WIDA™ sister states who have already been screened will not have to take this. All teachers will be trained to give this placement assessment and will assist in testing.
- 2nd semester Pre-K through 1st semester Kindergarten students whose raw score is 28 or below on the Listening plus Speaking portions of the KWAP-T require language support services.
- 2nd Semester Kindergarteners and first Semester First graders that receive less than or equal to 28 on the Listening and Speaking Task and less than or equal to 10 on Reading and less than or equal to 11 on Writing are eligible for ESOL services.
- 2nd semester First Graders to 12th Graders taking the WIDA™ screener that receive less than 5.0 are eligible for ESOL services.
ACCESS: WIDA English Language Proficiency Assessment
Every student identified as an EL will be administered an English language proficiency assessment annually; the ACCESS test will be given annually between January and February.
Any student who achieves a score on the annual English language proficiency assessment that is higher than the eligibility cut off score in listening, speaking, reading and writing established by the Department of Education shall be identified to determine if they should be transitioned to a fully English proficient student and placed in a regular classroom.
GaDOE State Flexibility allows students to be exited scoring 4.3 or higher.
GCA only considers students exiting at 4.7 or higher. A Reclassification Meeting must be held to decide if the student will be successful academically without the ESOL services.
Attending the ACCESS test is the student’s attendance for that school day. Not showing up for the ACCESS is an unexcused absence. Students that do not show up to their assigned ACCESS date will be rescheduled for four additional days. If a student doesn’t show up after five days, a truancy email will be sent to the parents. After 5 days of not taking the ACCESS test, students may be administratively withdrawn. Families may apply for an exemption by completing the Hardship documentation. Administration will decide if the hardship is excusable from state testing. The Hardship document will be placed in the students Personal Records.