The primary priority for English language learners is to improve English language acquisition and thus academic performance through a system of support from preschool through grade 12 while honoring their own native language(s). Our ultimate success will be measured by all of our ELL students graduating from Vashon Island High School college and career ready with a Seal of Biliteracy as well.
The Vashon Island School District uses Washington State English Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to provide learning targets for teachers as they assist students in learning English. Currently, 61 students receive English language development services in our district, representing several different cultures and language groups.
How are students identified for English language development services?
All students enrolled in our district are required to complete a Home Language Survey, a standard form issued by the State of Washington. If the responses on the Home Language Survey identify the student as a potential English language learner, the student will be given an English language screening test, to see if the student qualifies for ELL services per state and federal regulations.
How do students continue to receive English language development services?
Continued eligibility will be determined by the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA-21). There are three levels of English language development: emerging, progressing and proficient. Families will receive a letter reporting the results of this test usually around mid-October. If a student is emerging or progressing, s/he will continue to be eligible for ELL services.
Emerging: The student will be eligible for English language development services.
Progressing: The student will be eligible for English language development services.
Proficient: The student will not longer be eligible for ELL services, but will continued to be monitored as a transitional student with sheltered instruction for two years.
Once a student is identified and qualified as an ELL student, an ELL lead teacher will oversee the services for the student. These lead teachers will observe the student engaging in listening and speaking tasks as they relate to these five language areas: comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. This observation will inform the development of a personal education plan for each ELL student to be shared with the student's classroom teacher(s).
Web resources for families -
Colorin' Colorado (in both English and Spanish)
Center for Improvement of Student Learning (translated documents in many languages)
Understanding the Public School System
Learning Goals K-10
Anne Van Holde, Chautauqua Elementary ELL Teacher, 206-463-8594
Sarah Filanoski, McMurray Middle School ELL Teacher, 206-463-8605
Kent Chappelka, Vashon Island High School ELL Teacher, 206-463-8715
You have the right to decline services or to remove your student from services at any time; however, it is the preference of our school district that students who qualify for services, receive the services in order to fully support our students. If you choose to waive services for your child(ren), you may complete the waiver form and return it to: