Joliet Public Schools | District 86


English Language Learners

The Spanish Language Arts (SLA) Standards were adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2005.  They were developed by teachers and administrators with extensive experience to guide their work. The importance of the Spanish Standards is that they provide important guidelines for students who will benefit from learning in their native language while they develop English language proficiency.  A foundation in the native language has proven to help students develop English more quickly and to a level that is much stronger than when the foundation has not been established.  High levels of knowledge and skills in two languages also lead to bilingualism which is an asset to the individual and to our society.

WIDA Can-Do Descriptors

Welcome to Joliet Public Schools District 86

Our schools, as partners with our children's parents and with the community, will create a safe and positive environment in which all students will learn and develop to their greatest potential. All students will be empowered to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens and caring members of their communities.

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