English Language Development
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In Tigard-Tualatin School District, we are proud to serve over 1,100 English Language Learners (ELLs) who represent 64 diverse languages. These students make up a vibrant and culturally diverse population in our school district, and we are proud to offer these students a dynamic and growing English Language Development (ELD) program.
Our ELD services offer our students language acquisition support for success in life and in school. All TTSD students have access to ELD. Our program offers a variety of service models like small group ELD, collaborative co-teaching, and sheltered instruction for newcomer students. Our services begin in Kindergarten and go all the way through twelfth grade. We serve our students based on their language proficiency and assess them annually with the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA). Students meet criteria for exit by testing as English proficient on ELPA in all four domains of the assessment: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
Our ELD services are designed to match our students' language proficiency. Students with emerging English language proficiency are offered additional time and more class support. Our services taper over time as students develop academic language proficiency.
Please reach out to Tim Blackburn and Jen Devlin with questions about TTSD's ELD program.
Director of Teaching and Learning
ELD Administrative Specialist