IHBEA English Learner Education





The District shall provide suitable research-based language instructional programs for all identified English learners in grades Kindergarten through 6 in accordance with the requirements of state and federal statutes and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations and guidance.

The District shall identify students whose dominant language may not be English through

  • home language surveys that identify a primary home language is other than English
  • observations
  • intake assessments
  • recommendations of parents/guardians, teachers and other persons.

Identified students shall be assessed annually to determine their level of proficiency in the English language.

The District shall certify to DESE each year those students whose dominant language is not English, including specification of the number of non-English languages identified as dominant languages and the number and percent of students who speak each non-English language as their dominant language.

The District shall provide additional information as required by DESE to comply with federal law.


SOURCE:                     MASC April 2019

LEGAL REFS.:            Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended
42 U.S.C. 2000d (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964)
603 CMR 14.00

Reviewed and edited by Shutesbury Policy Committee:  12-17-20
First Reading by Shutesbury School Committee:  1-21-21
Second Reading, First Vote by Shutesbury School Committee:  02-25-21
Final Vote by Shutesbury School Committee:  03-18-21