Eligibility & Identification

  • The goal of the English Language Development (ELD) program is to develop the English language proficiency of eligible multilingual English learners (MLs) so they can become socially and academically successful in Spokane Public Schools.  MLs in our district speak about 70 different 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 WIDA 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.

    Multilingual English learners (MLs) 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 MLs students who register at the Family Registration and Orientation Center (FROC) will be assessed using the WIDA screener. Potential MLs in grades K-5 who register at their school during the school year will take the test at their school.

    Students who score below an overall score of 4.5 in K-1 grade or below an overall score of 5 in 2-12 grade on the WIDA screener are eligible for ELD services.

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