English Language Development (ELD)
Bear Creek takes pride in our diversity, with students speaking nearly 25 different languages.
The English Language Development (ELD) Program supports children who are learning English. The goal of this program is to develop English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening for students with limited English proficiency. Classroom and ELD teachers collaborate to support student achievement and full access to the curriculum.
Students are identified for English language support based upon the BVSD Home Language Survey, which asks about a child’s home language background, and on an initial screening evaluation through the WIDA Consortium. Children who qualify are assessed annually with the Colorado ACCESS Assessment to determine growth in reading, writing, speaking, and listening until they achieve full proficiency in English. Additionally, their progress is assessed, recorded, and communicated to parents twice a year. As soon as the students do become fully proficient in English, they are monitored for two years, and then exited out of the program.