Washington Unified School District serves a culturally and linguistically diverse student population. Approximately 44% of our students come from homes in which the family speaks a language other than English. About half of these students are classified as English Learners (EL). More than forty languages are spoken by our students.
The district provides additional support to help English learners develop proficiency in English and access grade-level academic standards. All schools are staffed with an EL Intervention Specialist who works directly with administration, teachers, students and families to support the EL instructional program. All district teachers have the required state authorization to provide instruction for ELs.
English learners are assessed annually with the state-required California English Language Development Test (CELDT) in order to determine their level of proficiency in English and monitor their progress toward becoming fully proficient in English. Students are reclassified to Fluent-English Proficient (R-FEP) when they have met district criteria based on state assessments and teacher and parent input.