The Pullman School District offers an English Language Development (ELD) program to students who do not speak English as their native language, and who need to develop English proficiency. We offer specialized instruction from ELD specialists in collaboration with mainstream teachers to effectively teach English language learners (ELLs) listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Many of the district’s teachers have been GLAD or SIOP trained to ensure their instruction is accessible to ELL students. Elementary students participate in their mainstream classes and may receive specialized ELD instruction in small groups based on each student’s proficiency and grade level. Secondary students may take one focused ELD class to develop their language proficiency while also attending mainstream classes.
Eligibility for the ELD program begins with the administration of a Home Language Survey to determine if a language other than English is spoken at home, and if the child first spoke a language other than English. If the child speaks a language other than English, the student’s English language ability is measured with the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) screener test within the student’s first 10 days of attendance. The ELPA21 measures speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Students whose scores indicate they are in need of assistance receive ELD services.
Students remain in the ELD program until they have mastered the skills needed to pass the annual ELPA21 test. ELL students are assessed annually each spring. In late spring or summer, parents/guardians will receive a letter and the test results indicating if their child passed the ELPA21.