Do all Native American/Alaska Native students take the ELPA21?
No. Only students who are screened for initial testing or already qualified are assessed (see question above about how students qualify for the program).
Are students in the Native American Title 3 Program considered to be ELL students?
No. English is not the primary language for ELL students, and therefore their learning needs in language are unique and differ significantly from those of ELL students. If an American Indian/Alaska Native student does not speak English as a primary language, she may qualify for ELL, but would not qualify for the Title 3 Native American Program.
How are parents informed about their children's identification for, and participation in, the Title 3 Native American Program?
Students' parents/guardians are notified before and after testing, and then notified every year thereafter about the results of the annual ELPA21. Additional communication regarding specific programming and services administered by the Native Education Program may also occur.
Do students who qualify for the Native American Title 3 Program have to participate?
No. Once identified, screened, and qualified, students are not obligated to participate in any particular programming offered.
Can parents of students in the Native American Title 3 program decline to have their students take the ELPA21?
Yes. Like other state exams, parents may opt out of the exam for their children. Contact the Language Learning Department for more details. Please note that while parents may opt out of testing, the school will need to offer them testing on the ELPA21 annually.
Where can I learn more information about how the Native American Title 3 Program works in Washington State?
Visit the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website for additional information.
What can I do if I, or parents/guardians/family members, have more questions?
Please contact the Language Learning Department at 206-631-3035.