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English Language Development

What is the English Language Development (ELD) Program? 
The ELD program is designed to provide academic services to English language learners (ELLs) while they learn English in our schools. ELLs are students whose language backgrounds are other than English and whose proficiency is not yet developed to the point where they can fully access English-only instruction. The district receives funds to serve these students through the State Transitional Bilingual Program, as well as Federal Title III funds. Our goal is that students will meet challenging state standards and develop English language proficiency in an environment where linguistic  and cultural assets are recognized as valuable resources for learning. 
 
Who are our ELLs?
More than 50 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students. The most common languages in CVSD are Spanish, Russian, Marshallese, Vietnamese and Arabic. Currently, there are over 500 active students, K-12, enrolled in the ELD program and approximately 100 more who have attained proficiency within the past two years.  
 
How are English Language Learners identified for services? 
As part of online registration, families complete a Home Language Survey and answer the questions “What language did your child first learn to speak?” and “What language does your child use the most at home?” If the answer to either question is a language other than English, one of the ELD specialists administers the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21) Screener within 10 days of enrollment. This is an online assessment that measures proficiency in the four language domains of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students who score at emerging (levels 1 and 2) and progressing (a combination of levels 1-5) levels qualify for additional support to increase their English language skills. 
 
How do English Language Learners continue to be eligible for services?
Students continue in the program as long as they need additional assistance. The ELPA21 is given annually (February/March) to measure students’ growth in English language knowledge and skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving ELD services. The WIDA Alternate ACCESS Test may be given in place of the ELPA21 to ELL students with significant cognitive disabilities, as determined by the IEP team.
 
How do English Language Learners exit from services?
Students successfully transition from the program when they meet the exit criteria of scoring Levels 4 and 5 in all domains on the ELPA21, at which time they are considered “Proficient.” ELD specialists and teachers continue to monitor and provide additional academic support to students for two years after they score Proficient. Families, teachers and counselors are encouraged to contact one of the ELD Specialists to review the Proficient student’s academic progress and needs for additional services.

Who are the CVSD ELD Staff?
Our ELD specialists are all ESL/EL endorsed and highly trained with many years of ELD teaching, cross-cultural and language learning experience. They serve in a variety of roles, including instructors, advocates, consultants, trainers and co-learners. They are able to support students and families in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish and French. Whenever needed, they are able to access interpretation/translation for the home languages of our families through regional contacts, community agencies, universities, other school districts, or through LanguageLine® phone interpretation services. 
 
What kinds of support do ELD specialists provide to CVSD staff?
ELD specialists work closely with classroom teachers and families to ensure all are knowledgeable about the students’ funds of knowledge, academic history and strengths as multilingual/multicultural learners. Individual ELD Academic Plans take into consideration students’ levels of English language proficiency, as well as critical factors influencing their overall progress with academic growth and acculturation. The ELD Academic Plan is intended to be a living document to guide collaboration between teachers, ELD specialists and families. Supplementary resources are also provided for students and their teachers, such as access to bilingual picture dictionaries and Imagine Learning®, a comprehensive online language and literacy program.
 
Ongoing, job-embedded support is the aim of our ELD Professional Development. Workshops and trainings focus on addressing the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students and families (including immigrants and refugees), language acquisition processes, differentiation using the ELP Standards, culturally responsive practices, and research-validated instructional strategies, such as the Guided Language Acquisition Design (OCDE Project GLAD®) instructional model. Follow-up coaching and continuous consultation are provided by ELD specialists. Book studies and guest speakers are occasionally offered based on feedback from staff.

For additional K-12 ELD Program information:
Bill Ash, Interim Director of Special Programs
(509) 558-5434 | bash@cvsd.org