Eligibility & Identification

  • The goal of the English Language Development (ELD) program is to develop the English language proficiency of eligible English Language Learners (ELLs) so they can become socially and academically successful in Spokane Public Schools. ELLs in our district speak more than 77 languages. We strive to promote respect and appreciation for diverse languages and cultures.

    Who is eligible for the program?

    Students registering with SPS who indicate that English is not their first learned language on the Home Language Survey are given the ELPA21 Screener, a placement exam to determine eligibility for the ELD program. This placement test must be given within 10 days of the student’s entry into the school district.

    English learners who do not have a high school diploma from any country may attend high school until they graduate or until the end of the school year in which they turn 21.


    All potential ELL students who register at the Family Registration and Orientation Center (FROC) will be assessed using the ELPA21 screener. Potential ELLs in grades K-5 who register at their school during the school year will take the test at their school.

    Students who score at the Emerging or Progressing level on the ELPA21 screener are eligible for ELD services.

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