Qualification Process for the English Learner Program

  • In Washington state, the following process is used to determine eligibility of students for the English Learner Program:

    A Home Language Survey is completed during enrollment.

    1. If there is an indication of a language other than English spoken by the student and/ or family, the student information is shared with the school's EL Designee for review.
    2. If a language other than English is spoken in the home, but not by the student the school's EL Designee may contact the family to confirm the student's language.
    3. If the form indicates that the student speaks a language other than English in the home and/ or if the child first learned a language other than English, the EL designee initiates the process for determination of the student's English language proficiency level by administering the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) Screener.

    Students are eligible for the EL Program if the results indicate an English proficiency status of Emerging or Progressing on the ELPA21 Screener.

    Students are not eligible for the EL Program if the results indicate an English proficiency status of Proficient on the ELPA21 Screener.