English as a Second Language

CCPS English as a Second Language


Culpeper County Public Schools (CCPS) has provided English as a Second Language (ESL) services to English Language Learners (ELLs) for many years. The number of ELLs in CCPS has increased annually.

Currently, the school system services over 718 ESL students from more than 30 different language groups. Students identified as ESL account for between 10% of the total student population.

The ESL program provides students with the opportunity to reach proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as measured on the World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English language proficiency assessment, the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) for English Language Learners.

In addition, Culpeper County must also comply with the federal requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) amended as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). One of the five performance goals of NCLB requires LEP students to become proficient in English while reaching high academic achievement standards in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science. NCLB also requires that limited English proficient (LEP) students participate in annual academic achievement assessments in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science. 



NCLB will soon be replaced by The Every Student Succeeds Act  of 2015 (ESSA) which was signed into law on December 10, 2015. Under ESSA, states will develop new federal accountability systems during the 2016-2017 year, to be implemented the following school year.