The English Language Learner Program at Westhill currently has speakers of 18 different languages from around the world! Westhill staff work with students of all language levels, from beginning to advanced, to develop their English language proficiency. Westhill staff and students benefit from the unique cultural and linguistic knowledge and backgrounds which our ELL families bring to our school.
English Language Development (ELD) services, in combination with general education, provides students (K-12) with linguistic development accessing grade level academic content as they acquire English language proficiency. Multilingual students who qualify for ELD services receive appropriately differentiated levels of direct services based on their language proficiency and grade level.
Annual English Language Assessments
Multilingual students who qualify for services in Northshore will soon take the annual WIDA Access English Language Proficiency Assessment or the WIDA Alternate Access Assessment for students that qualify based on their IEP. The State of Washington requires that students who are eligible for ELD services take an assessment yearly to measure students’ continuing progress in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English. This includes students who are eligible but whose parents have refused services. Parents may still opt-out of services for the next school year if they wish.
WIDA testing will take place in-person and at school between Feb. 1, 2022 and March 25, 2022.
By fall of 2022, you will receive your student’s score report. Please contact the ELD staff at your child’s school for more information.