• About English Language Development

    What is ELD (English Language Development)?

    The purpose of ELD is to help students with the academic English they will need to be successful throughout their school career.

    Why does my child receive ELD services?

    The ELD department receives copies of student enrollment forms when a home language other than English is listed. If it is clear that English is not the student’s dominant language, an assessment is given to determine English proficiency. Scores below a level 5 (Proficient) qualify a student for ELD services.

    How long can my child be in ELD?

    Students are assessed annually with a state English Language Proficiency Assessment or ELPA, which measures language progress according to the following proficiency levels: emerging, progressing, proficient. A student will continue to receive ELD services until he/she reaches a Proficient level on ELPA.

    What does ELD class consist of?

    All identified ELLs (English Language Learners) participate in a 30-minute small group English Language lesson daily, which targets listening, speaking, reading and writing. ELD teachers also work with classroom teachers to provide language supports in the classroom.