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ELL in a Nutshell

Welcome to the ELL Program website for the La Center School District.

ELL is an acronym that stands for “English Language Learner” and refers to students who have been identified by the state as learning English as a second language, and who require additional supports to become proficient in their use of English.

Potential ELL students are identified at the time of registration, and shortly thereafter those students are given the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) placement test, which determines whether or not they qualify for ELL funding and programs. Students who so qualify will continue to take the WELPA annual exam each Spring until they achieve “transitional” status, or a score of 4/4 on the annual WELPA.

For more information on the WELPA, please refer to the information contained on OSPI’s WELPA website, seen in the Helpful Links list.

You can also contact me, Mr. Kidd, at any time by calling the elementary school main line at 263-2134 or emailing me here.