English Learners

The term English Learner is applied to non-native speakers in the process of acquiring English whose current proficiency level in English may qualify them for supplemental services through the State Transitional Bilingual Program (STBP). The goal of the English Learner program is to assist students in obtaining English language proficiency in order to reach academic success.

Students qualify for services based on the results of a language assessment given to them when there is an indication on the Home Language Survey that the child’s first language spoken was one other than English or there is a language other than English spoken in the child’s home.. This assessment measures the student’s language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

The program provides a spectrum of direct and indirect services to students and their families.

At all grade levels the primary goal is ensuring that English Learners have access to and successful participation in all district programs. The EL program supports and supplements instruction received in the regular classroom. Services for students are supported by certified resource teachers, classroom teachers with an EL endorsement and/or instructional assistants.

At lower language-acquisition levels (pre-production, early production, low speech emergence) our program is primarily a pull-out model with the use of certified teachers and instructional assistants working one-to-one or in small groups with students on basic English language  development skills. Primary responsibility for academic instruction remains with the classroom teacher.

At higher language-acquisition levels, students are encouraged to remain in the classroom where they are supported through supplemental programs and the content is presented in a sheltered setting.

At the middle and high schools, many ELs take their English, Reading, and Writing classes from a certified teacher. Sometimes, other subjects such as history are taught in sheltered EL classrooms.

The Battle Ground EL program strives to tie in with the district’s language arts program in terms of scope and sequence, instructional materials and texts. At schools and grade spans served by Title I/LAP, every effort is made to coordinate support with services provided by these programs.

Dr. Jill C. Smith supervises the EL program at the district level; she can be contacted at (360) 885-5414 or smith.jill@battlegroundps.org.

Stephanie Welniak is the EL Program Coordinator; she can be contacted at (360) 885-1548 or welniak.stephanie@battlegroundps.org.

English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century

Battle Ground schools will administer the ELPA21, which assesses English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, between March 22 and June 4.

While families have the right under federal law to refuse standardized assessments, the Department of Education still requires districts to assess 100% of their qualifying students with the ELPA21, therefore OSPI strongly encourages families to participate in annual testing this year, taking into account the circumstances of COVID-19.

The results a student earns on the ELPA21 Assessment help determine whether their English skills and knowledge are sufficient to exit the English language development program at school. State identified English learners who do not test, continue to be eligible for English development services at school  regardless of their skill level in English. For some students, not taking the assessment may mean remaining in a language program longer than is needed.

Read more about the ELPA21:

English letter to families (PDF)

Russian letter to families (PDF)

Spanish letter to families (PDF)


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