Program for English Learners (EL)What is the English Learner Program (also known as Transitional Bilingual Program)?
The Washington State Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program and Title III (Federal) provide funds to local education districts to ensure equal educational opportunities for students whose primary language is other than English.
The goal of the English Learner Program is to provide specifically designed instruction for those students who qualify to receive English Learners (EL) services. Currently there are approximately 400 English language learners in the district with several different languages and cultures represented.How do students qualify?
All students enrolling in the Aberdeen School District for the first time and whose primary home language is one other than English are given the ELPA21 (English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century) Screener.
Students receiving a proficiency profile determination of "Progressing" or "Emerging" are eligible for English language development services.
What services are provided?
Students receive additional direct instruction in English and support in general education classes. Students are administered the ELPA21 Annual Assessment each February-March to measure progress. Those who receive a proficiency profile determination of "Proficient" are exited from the program. They are then classified as EL Transitional Students and receive support, as needed, for the next two years.
EL Parent Advisory Committee:
The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) works with the Aberdeen School District on the development, operation, and evaluation of the program. Meetings are held 3-4 times during the school year and families are encouraged to attend. This year’s meetings are scheduled as follows:
1) TBA2) TBA3) TBAFamily Fun Night 2016-17For more information, contact:
Nani Villarreal, Coordinator, Support Services (360) 538-2013 email@example.com
Mika Katzer, EL Coach, EL Program (360) 538-2020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Amber Diel, Secretary, EL Program (360) 538-2015 email@example.com
Megan Orosz, EL Teacher, Miller Junior High School (360) 537-5930 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jody Charters, EL Teacher, Aberdeen High School (360) 538-7988 email@example.com
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