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English Learners


MLE Multilingual Education

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.

Our Vision

Every English Learner (EL) in the Bethel School District will thrive academically and socially in a supportive and safe learning environment. Their linguistic and cultural diversity are valued and respected so they graduate as prepared global-minded citizens.

Our Goals:

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 English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21) Placement Test is then used to determine eligibility for services. Students remain eligible for services until they score proficient on the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21)– which is given annually in February/March


Lizeth Godsey
Assistant Director of Special Services/EL

Michele Lovell

Kathleen Harris

  • To nurture self-pride and self-identity in each student’s linguistic and cultural heritage

  • To reach a level of proficiency in listening, reading, speaking, and writing as outlined in the Washington English Language Proficiency Standards

  • To reach a grade level proficiency in all content areas

  • To provide high-quality and ongoing support to advance quality teaching for ELs

  • Align policies, structures, and practices across schools and departments for equitable learning opportunities for ELs