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English Learners (EL)

Edmonds School District English Learners Program                                                  

We are committed to:

~Ensuring that all English learners are appropriately identified

~Safeguarding English learners' access to rigorous and relevant instruction

~Utilizing models and materials for optimal English language development

~Providing quality professional development for educators to support English learners

~Supporting schools in engaging and communicating with English learner families

~Using data from multiple sources to make continuous improvements to our program

Kelly MosesKelly Moses 
Federal Programs Director
Title I/LAP, Title III, Title VI, EL

Paula MalonePaula Malone 
EL Support Specialist

The Edmonds School District's English Learner Program provides services to over 3,000 students from many linguistic and cultural backgrounds, which are recognized as valuable resources for learning. Its mission is for English learners to meet or exceed state standards and develop English language proficiency in the domains of reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

We work towards the goals of our mission by delivering content-based instruction, sheltered instruction, supportive mainstream, in-class support, or a combination of these models approved by Washington's Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program to support emerging and progressing English Learners. We also provide additional monitoring and support for proficient, recently exited students and eligible Native American students under Title Ill. 

Eligibility for EL Services: 
All students registering at a school in the Edmonds School District will complete a Home Language Survey. If this survey indicates that the student's primary language is something other than English, or another language other than English is primarily spoken at home, the student will be assessed on the ELPA21 (English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century) Screener. This initial assessment will be used to measure the English language proficiency level of new students whose first language is a language other than English. 

Test Results:
Students scoring at the Proficiency-Not-Demonstrated, Emerging or Progressing level are eligible for EL program services
Students scoring at the Proficient level are not eligible for EL program services

Annual Testing:
Most eligible students in the EL Program will participate in the ELPA21 Annual language assessment each spring until the student achieves an overall Proficient score.  EL students with significant cognitive delays will participate in the WIDA Alternate Assessment each spring.

Native American Students (Title III):

Academically-at-risk Native American students may receive academic support under the EL Department/Title Ill

All eligible Native American students with parent permission will take the ELPA21 Screener assessment, as well as the ELPA21 Annual assessment until exit from program


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