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wylecop
wylecop
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18 days ago
wylecop
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At this point of the year, the average Kindergartner is expected to be a level C to be considered "on level" or making adequate progress. Where would you expect a Kindergartner who is an EL and began the K year with zero alphabet knowledge & pre-emergent writing skills to be at this point in the year? What would be considered acceptable progress at this point? We are examining our program to determine whether it is working for these kids or not. Thank you for any feedback!
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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18 days ago
wylecop wrote:
At this point of the year, the average Kindergartner is expected to be a level C to be considered "on level" or making adequate progress. Where would you expect a Kindergartner who is an EL and began the K year with zero alphabet knowledge & pre-emergent writing skills to be at this point in the year? What would be considered acceptable progress at this point? We are examining our program to determine whether it is working for these kids or not. Thank you for any feedback!



As with any child entering K with a lag in the language of instruction, the teaching priorities would be on developing language integrated with the early literacy concepts and letter knowledge for emerging as readers and writers. These students should make adequate progress to reach Level C as well as students who are more familiar with the language of instruction within the rich language environment of the K classroom and a high level of support from the teacher. The language gap is one that can be closed quickly at this young age. Fountas and Pinnell's book, When Readers Struggle, has an excellent chapter on "Working Successfully with English Language Learners" that describes how this can be done.

It may take some professional learning on the part of the teachers to provide the high level of support described in that chapter so all children will reach the grade level expectations. We cannot keep allowing students to make inadequate progress for any reason. Our schools must have at least 80-90% of K meeting grade level expectations at the end of every year.

Best wishes for success!
Debbie
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