HILT/HILTEX

Middle School HILT/HILTEX Program

The High Intensity Language Training (HILT) Program provides intensive English and content instruction for students with limited English proficiency from beginning through advanced levels (High Intensity Language Training Extension or HILTEX) in grades 6-8.  The HILT/HILTEX curriculum is aligned with the State English Language Proficiency (WIDA) Standards and Virginia Standards of Learning.

Students identified as HILT A (WIDA Level 1) or HILT B (WIDA Level 2) study reading/language arts (a two-period block) with an endorsed ESL teacher.  Students study science, social studies and mathematics with either a trained HILT teacher or mainstream teacher, and participate in mainstream electives and physical education classes.  Students are recommended for mainstream mathematics based upon their mathematics skills.

Students identified as HILTEX A (WIDA Level 3) or HILTEX B (WIDA Level 4) study reading/language arts (a two-period block) with an endorsed ESL teacher.  HILTEX students are enrolled in grade level mathematics, science, electives, and physical education classes.  Students study social studies with either a trained HILTEX teacher or mainstream teacher.

Students identified as HILT and HILTEX pass on to the next proficiency level or mainstream English based upon identified HILT/HILTEX guidelines which include the state approved English language proficiency assessment (ACCESS for ELLs), recommended Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) scores, writing samples student portfolios, and criterion referenced tests.

The middle school HILT/HILTEX program also supports and monitors the progress of advanced proficiency students who are classified as Bridging/WIDA Level 5 and Reaching/WIDA Level 6.

See page 59 of the Middle School Program of Studies for course listings

 

High School HILT/HILTEX Program

The High Intensity Language Training (HILT) Program provides intensive English and content instruction for students with limited English proficiency from beginning through advanced levels (High Intensity Language Training Extension or HILTEX) in grades 9-11.  The HILT/HILTEX curriculum is aligned with the State English Language Proficiency (WIDA) Standards and Virginia Standards of Learning.

Students identified as HILT A (WIDA Level 1) or HILT B (WIDA Level 2) study English and Reading (a two-period block) with an endorsed ESL teacher.  Students study science, social studies and mathematics with either a trained HILT teacher or mainstream teacher, and participate in electives and physical education classes.  Students are recommended for mathematics courses based upon their mathematics skills.

Students identified as HILTEX A (WIDA Level 3) or HILTEX B (WIDA Level 4) study English and Reading (a two-period block) with an endorsed ESL teacher.  HILTEX students are enrolled in general education mathematics, science and social studies courses.

The high school HILT/HILTEX program also supports and monitors the progress of advanced proficiency students who are classified as Bridging/WIDA Level 5 and Reaching/WIDA Level 6.

Students identified as HILT and HILTEX pass on to the next proficiency level or mainstream English based upon identified HILT/HILTEX guidelines which include the state approved English language proficiency assessment (ACCESS for ELLs), recommended Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) scores, writing samples student portfolios, and criterion referenced tests. Credit in HILT/HILTEX classes is awarded at the end of the year based upon successful classroom performance and meeting the guidelines for advancing to the next proficiency level.  Students earn both required English and elective credit in the HILT/HILTEX Program.  Not all HILT/HILTEX students study in the program for the same length of time.

See pages 50-51 in the High School Program of Studies for course listings.

 

Assessment

HILT/HILTEX students are evaluated at entry to determine their English proficiency levels, which are based on the WIDA performance standards.

Click here for the WIDA performance definitions of English language proficiency.

Students identified as HILT and HILTEX pass on to the next proficiency level or mainstream English based upon identified HILT/HILTEX guidelines which include the state approved English language proficiency assessment (ACCESS for ELLs), recommended Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) scores, writing samples student portfolios, and criterion referenced tests.

All LEP students identified at Levels 1-5 participate in the state English language proficiency assessment, WIDA ACCESS for ELLs.

Students also participate in the Standards of Learning assessments. School-based LEP committees determine how LEP students participate in the state assessment program. Students are allowed a one-time exemption from testing in reading in grades 3-8 for LEP students who have attended school in the United States for less than 12 months. All LEP students must participate in mathematics assessments regardless of when they arrived in the country.

If an LEP student in his or her first year of enrollment is tested, the student is counted as participating in the state assessment program for AYP purposes. However, failing scores of tested LEP students in the first year of enrollment are not included in AYP calculations.

LEP students at the lowest levels of English proficiency may take an alternative grade-level assessment for reading and a plain-English version of the mathematics SOL test for up to three years.