English Learners

  • Did You Know:
    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has changed how we refer to our English learners. English Language Learner (ELL) has changed to English Learner (EL). Bethel School District is implementing this change to better align to national and state verbiage and how we refer to our EL student population. Other Washington school districts and OSPI are also making this change.



    It is the mission of Bethel’s EL Program to advance the language development of English Learners through rigor, engagement, and collaboration to ensure that all of our students are competent, confident and college/career ready.

    Over 900 students representing 35 different languages and cultures receive EL services in the Bethel School District. The most common languages are Spanish, Russian and Samoan.

    The English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs) provide teachers with learning targets for these students who are learning English language literacy skills along with their grade level content knowledge and skills.

    Who Qualifies?

    The Washington State Home Language Survey (a part of Bethel’s enrollment packet) helps identify students who might benefit from EL services. The Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) Placement Test is then used to determine eligibility for services. Students remain eligible for services until they score an overall level 3 on the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21) – which is given annually in February/March.



    Sonja Nicholson
    Assistant Director of Special Services/EL

    Denise McVey
    ELL TOSA/GLAD Trainer

    April M Harris