About the English Learners Program

  • Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) is the official name for District 109’s English Learners program. In this program, students receive special assistance from a TPI staff member as they learn how to speak, listen, read and write in English. The District offers opportunities for English Learners to meet the same standards for academic achievement that all children are expected to attain.

Identification for EL Services

  • Initial Student Identification: Students identified by the Home Language Survey receive an individual language proficiency assessment within 30 days of their enrollment in the District. Students identified as limited English proficient based on the assessment scores are eligible to receive services from the TPI instructor. Parents are notified of this eligibility.

    Continuing Student Enrollment: Students moving into the District who have previously qualified for TPI services are eligible to continue to participate in the program. Parents are notified.

    Annual Assessment (ACCESS) Testing: Students in grades K-8 who are in the TPI program are annually evaluated for English proficiency in their home schools using a state adopted assessment. Students are assessed in the following areas: listening, reading, speaking and writing in the curricular areas of English, math, social studies and science. Students must receive a composite score of 4.8 in order to be exited from the TPI program. Students who do not meet the exit criteria continue in the program. Parents are notified of any change in a child’s eligibility.

Programs for English Learners

  • All six schools in District 109 have TPI programs. The District uses a pullout model for instruction that is delivered entirely in English. In addition to direct instruction, the TPI teacher provides resources and support to general and special education teachers. The TPI programs are:

    • Preschool TPI is for students who are enrolled in the Helping Hands program who meet the entrance criteria. Instruction in oral development, listening and literacy are based on student assessment and classroom performance.
    • Elementary School TPI is for students in grades K-5 who meet the entrance criteria. The TPI teacher provides oral development, literacy and content area instruction based upon student assessment and classroom performance. Student contact hours depend upon the results of the assessment and the needs of the student.
    • Middle School TPI is for students in grades 6-8 who meet the entrance criteria. Students receive TPI instruction based upon their assessment and classroom performance. The TPI teacher uses a sheltered English approach to support academic learning. The TPI teacher is a part of the grade level team who facilitates the development of an instructional plan, recommends second language acquisition techniques and assists with the student’s transition to English fluency. The teacher also monitors students and their annual development of English language skills.

Parent-School Communication

  • When a student is identified as eligible for TPI services, parents receive information about:

    • The reasons for their child’s identification for TPI services
    • Their child’s level of English proficiency
    • The instructional methods used in the TPI program
    • How the program will meet their child’s needs
    • Specific exit criteria from the TPI program
    • How the program will meet their child’s individualized education program (IEP) - if applicable
    • Information on parent/guardian rights

    Parents receive this information in the mail no later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year. Parents of students who move into the District after the school year begins receive information about their child’s enrollment in the TPI program in the mail within 14 days. Parents also receive regular updates on their child’s progress and are encouraged to provide input into the program.