ELD - High School
Most high school ELLs attend Central Valley High School, where our district ELD program is located. Students are assigned to an English language arts-aligned ELD class based on their language proficiency level. CVHS offers three levels of ELD classes; beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Some students who have completed the advanced course but have yet to transition out of the program are placed on a case by case basis into a grade level English language arts class while continuing to be monitored by the ELD teacher/specialist.
The ELD teacher/specialist:
- Works collaboratively with ELLs, their parents/guardians and counseling staff on their class schedule, progress toward graduation and college/career readiness
- Teaches all three levels of ELD courses offered; beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Depending on student numbers, multiple sections of any of the levels may be offered
- Supports students in their classes by working with content area teachers to modify and accommodate with instructional strategies and materials
- Provides input on accommodations for standardized testing (Smarter Balanced and end-of-course tests in ELA, math and science)
- Administers required language proficiency tests, both the placement test and the required annual test (ELPA21)
- Maintains accurate records in accordance with OSPI and Title III requirements
- Provides additional academic support to high school students who have transitioned (scored Proficient on the ELPA) and are experiencing challenges with their classes or need help arranging for credit retrieval; students and parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the ELD teacher/specialist
- Emphasizes and promotes the value of biliteracy, including encouraging ELLs to take a World Languages Competency Assessment in their primary language. A passing score on this test allows up to 4 elective credits towards graduation and a possible Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma.