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Migrant and Bilingual Education

WIDA Transition

Review information regarding Washington's transition into the WIDA ELD Standards Framework including a WIDA overview, timelines, key activities, and more!

Migrant & Bilingual Program Contact Directory
Washington State WiFi Hotspot Locations

This is a resource to help students find free Washington State Drive-In WiFi Hotspots close to their location.

OSPI oversees the state and federal programs that help migrant and bilingual students and youth in Washington meet high academic challenges by overcoming obstacles created by frequent moves, educational disruption, cultural and language differences, and health-related problems.

Migrant Education Program

The Washington State Migrant Education Program provides services to migrant children and their families. The program is federally funded as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title I, Part C.

Bilingual Education Program

TBIP and Title III provide funds to local education agencies to ensure equal educational opportunities for students whose primary language is other than English.

Dual Language Education & Resources

Networking opportunities and resources to grow our P–12 dual language programs.

English Language Proficiency Standards

For the current school year, we continue with ELPA21 Standards, ELPA21 Annual Assessment, and WIDA Alternate ACCESS Assessment for multilingual learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Washington State is transitioning to the WIDA English Language Development Standards and WIDA Assessments beginning in the 2021–2022 school year.

WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework

In December 2020, WIDA released the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition. The English Language Development Standards will be guiding instruction for all multilingual learners Kindergarten–Grade 12 in Washington State beginning in the 2021–2022 school year.  The WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework is “centered on equity and fosters the assets, contributions, and potential of multilingual learners. The framework consists of four components, ranging from broad to narrow in scope: WIDA ELD Standards Statements, Key Language Uses, Language Expectations and Proficiency Level Descriptors. These work together to make a comprehensive picture of language development.” (WIDA ELD Standards Framework)

Several professional learning opportunities are being offered for Washington state educators from January 4, 2021 through August 31, 2021. 

WA Statewide Overview to the WIDA Standards

Beginning March 2021, OSPI will sponsor professional learning overview sessions across the state presented by a cadre of local facilitators trained by WIDA. Specific dates will be announced and posted to this page as they are established.

WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops 

The self-paced eWorkshops are provided by WIDA with enrollment and clock hours handled through PD Enroller. Both the workshops and the clock hours are provided by OSPI for free.