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Multilingual Education Program

WIDA Transition

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

Workshops and Webinars
The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

Help bilingual students earn credits toward high school graduation and college entrance. Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy.

Contact Information

Multilingual Education Program

Kristin Percy Calaff, Ph.D.
Supports (NE) ESD 101
Shannon Martin
Supports (SW) ESD 112, 113 & 114
Virginia Morales
Supports (NW) ESD 121 & 189
Sue Connolly
Supports (Central/SE) ESD 105, 123, 171 & Charter Schools
Patty Finnegan, PhD
Dual language education support for all districts

The OSPI Multilingual Education Program oversees and guides districts serving Multilingual/English Learners. All districts with multilingual learners must implement a Transitional Bilingual Education Program (TBIP), designed to address the unique needs of eligible students who come from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

District TBIPs must provide English language development services and access to rigorous grade level curricula and instruction. The Essential Components for Equitable Services Tool can be used to support districts with meeting this dual obligation. Effective September 2019, all teachers funded by the TBIP must hold the ELL and/or Bilingual Education endorsement(s). For more information, see p. 32 in the Washington State Policies and Practices Guide for Multilingual/English Learners to explore the TBIP requirements for teachers.

WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework

Review more information on Washington's transition to the WIDA ELD Standards Framework and Assessment, timeline, and professional learning opportunities. 

WIDA Assessments

Beginning August 2021, we will use the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten(link is external) and the WIDA Screener. In Spring 2022, districts will administer the WIDA ACCESS annual summative assessment and the WIDA Alternate ACCESS assessment

Please see the OSPI Assessment page on the WIDA Screener for more information.

Multilingual Education Program Guidelines  

Multilingual education programs across WA State are guided by State and Federal statutes. The Bilingual Program Guideline page addresses WA State approved program models and relevant legal requirements and guidelines for district serving multilingual English learners. 

Toolkits & Resources

The Bilingual Education Program curates a collection of toolkits and resources to support districts in implementing effective, high-quality, transitional bilingual instructional programs.

Dual Language Programs & Resources 

Dual language programs are the priority models for serving multilingual English learners within WA State. In Superintendent Reykdal’s vision, all students will have the opportunity to become proficient in two languages through dual language education by 2030. The Dual Language Program and Resources page addresses the process for designing and initiating a comprehensive K-12 dual language program. 

Multilingual Education Program Updates 

Recent multilingual education program updates and guidance issued by the OSPI Multilingual Education Program.