The amount of time an ELL remains in the ESL program differs with
each student. ELL’s develop language proficiency at varying rates.
Research indicates it can take from 5 to 7 years to acquire academic
language proficiency at the same level as a native speaker. Therefore,
the amount of ESL support given will differ with each student. The
typical path of an ELL is from full support, to minimal support, to
monitoring by the ESL teacher before the student is exited from the
The ELL must attain the
required level of English proficiency on the Ohio Test of English
Language Acquisition (OTELA), to be exited from the districts ESL
• Obtain a composite score of 5 on the OTELA; or
a composite score of 4 on the OTELA and completes a trial mainstream
period of instruction and scores 4 or higher on the OTELA during the
• Students cannot be exited prior to 3rd grade.
ELL needs to demonstrate the ability to understand, speak, read and
write the English language at a level in which they are able to:
1. Achieve academic success in classrooms where the language of instruction is in English;
2. Meaningfully, participate fully in society in the United States.
At the same time they must be passing all subjects in the regular classroom. Those students who are having difficulty in the classroom or difficulty passing state mandated tests will continue to receive ESL
support as long as necessary.