English Language Learners (ELL)

English Language Learners (ELLs) participate fully in the Kelso School District curriculum through language and academic support from highly-qualified ELL staff members. Upon registration, students who first spoke a language other than English are given the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) to determine their initial language proficiency level. The District provides ELLs with varying levels of support based on their language proficiency level and grade level.

Interpretive Services

For Interpretive Support:  Please contact Lori Paul
email:  lori.paul@kelsosd.org
phone:  (360) 501-1939   

                                         Maria Rodriguez      Spanish Support       m.rodriguez@kelsosd.org  
                                         Anter Sasuo      Chuukese Support     anter.sasuo@kelsosd.org
ELL Student Advocate

An ELL transitional student liaison advocate is a school employee whose job is to help reduce barriers to students ability to participate successfully in school. Families and students may contact the district ELL transitional student Liaison advocate directly by using the phone number or email listed here; tammy.trafelet@kelsosd.org or at 360.501.1689.

For more information on the supports available, please click the link here for more information.
Kelso High School Project

Watch KHS ELL students utilize Talk*Write**Learn with David Irwin; the founder and owner of Language Development Opportunities.  strategies.   TWL is a dynamic lesson model that engages students with academic conversation and writing skills within the same lesson. 




There are about 100,000 English language learners (ELLs) in Washington — 9 percent of our total K-12 student population. Because knowing and using English well is necessary for success in school, it is important that students who need additional help learning English get it.

Washington has joined a group of 11 states to develop an assessment system to address their needs. The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) is a system based on the new English Language Proficiency Standards our state recently adopted. The new tests will measure the language proficiency of ELLs as they progress through their K-12 education and achieve college and career readiness.

           A Family's Guide to ELPA21 - The English Language Proficiency              Assessment for the 21st Century Spanish 

         ELPA 21 Assessment

Washington English Language Standards

The new ELP standards highlight the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language that are in college-and-career-ready standards and that are necessary for English language learners (ELLs) to be successful in schools. The standards also include correspondences to the Practices and Standards identified in the Common Core State Standards and in the Next Generation Science Standards.

Grade Level Standards

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