Frequently Asked Questions

Does a teacher need to obtain an ESL or Bilingual endorsement in order to provide ELD instruction?

Elementary School Teacher Qualifications
All teachers in SEI Classrooms must have a valid Arizona teaching certificate (charter school teachers are exempt from this requirement). Teachers in grades K-6 must be highly qualified in elementary content as defined by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Additionally, all teachers must have a Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (State Board of Education (SBE) Rules, R7-2-613.J), an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE Rules, R7-2-613.I), or a Bilingual (BLE) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE   Rules, R7-2-613.H).

Middle Grades and High School Teacher Qualifications

All teachers in SEI Classrooms must have a valid Arizona teaching certificate (charter school teachers are exempt from this requirement). Teachers in grades 7-8 must be Highly Qualified in Language Arts or English as defined by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Teachers in grades 9-12 must be Highly Qualified in English as defined by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Additionally, all teachers must have a Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE Rules, R7-2-613.J), an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE Rules, R7-2-613.I), or a Bilingual (BLE) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE Rules, R7-2-613.H).

Do all ELL students have to be enrolled in four hours of English Language Development (ELD)?

The Structured English Immersion (SEI) Models require a minimum of four (4) hours per day of ELD for every pupil who is classified as an English Language Learner (ELL). (SEI Models 5/14/08).

All ELL students who have not tested proficient on the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) must be enrolled in four (4) hours of ELD.  The exceptions relate to half-day kindergarten students and to Middle/High School intermediate level ELL students in their second year of ELL status.

Is a classroom considered an SEI classroom simply because it has a teacher who is SEI endorsed?

No, as defined by the Arizona ELL Task Force, “Structured English Immersion Classroom” means a classroom in which all students are limited English proficient as determined by composite AZELLA scores of Pre-Emergent, Emergent, Basic, or Intermediate. The purpose of the classroom is to provide daily ELD instruction.

Do charter schools have to follow the same regulations for ELLs?

Each governing body of a charter school shall follow the SEI Task Force SEI Models for implementation.(See A.R.S. § 15-756.02)

What are the ELD requirements for kindergarten?

Kindergarten students shall be grouped separately from students in other grades (SEI Models, 5/14/08). Schools with 20 or fewer ELLs within a three grade span (including kindergarten), may provide instruction through the development of Individual Language Learner Plans (ILLPs) created for each ELL.

For kindergarten classes operating on a half-day basis, the time allocations are proportionately reduced (SEI Models 5/14/08).  http://www.azed.gov/wp-content/uploads/PDF/Half-DayKindergartenandELD-OELASandTitleIGuidance.pdf

What happens with students who are exited due to reclassification but who do not score “Proficient” the following year?

The law states that pupils who fail to demonstrate English proficiency on   the language assessment when retested in the two years following their exit from ELL status, subject to parental consent, shall be re-enrolled in an SEI program pursuant to section A.R.S. § 15-752 and may be provided compensatory instruction as defined in section A.R.S.§ 15-756.11 (A.R.S.§ 15-756.06)  However, it is the responsibility of the LEA to offer the parent/guardian the following options:

  1. Re-enroll in the ELL program
  2. I do not choose to re-enroll my pupil in the ELL program
  3. Participate in a compensatory instruction program, if re-enroll in ELL program or if choose not to re-enroll the student in the ELL program. This should be done in a conference, with the parent/guardian, language teacher, and site administrator.