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K-12 English Language Development in BPSD

K-12 English Language Development Department

Ms. Angie Linthacum
Ms. Angie Linthacum

Teacher Specialist of Supplemental Services
(918) 336-8600 ext. 3526

Mailing Address:
Bartlesville Public School District
P.O. Box 1357
Bartlesville, OK 74005-1357


It is Bartlesville Public School District's mission to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) and Immigrant students a high quality program, designed to assist students in learning English and to meet challenging state academic content and student academic standards. This Title III program is aimed at PreK - 12th grade students. 

As part of the process of identifying ELLs who enroll in BPSD, all enrolling students complete the Oklahoma State Department of Education Home Language Survey. Students whose survey indicates a language other than English is used in the home are given an English language proficiency placement test to determine the level of English proficiency. 

All English language learners will participate in a quality instructional program that supports academic and social development. Emphasis will be placed on providing students access to core curriculum and to appropriate English language instruction that will ensure progress from limited English proficiency to fluent English proficiency.

ELL - English Language Learners

  • between the ages of 3 and 21
  • enrolled/preparing to enroll in elementary or secondary school
  • not born in the U.S. or whose native language is not English
  • from environment where language other than English significantly impacted English language proficiency
  • has difficulty speaking, writing, reading, or understanding English sufficiently so that it denied the individual the:
    • ability to meet the proficient level of achievement on state content assessments
    • ability to successfully achieve in classrooms taught in English with no language support
    • opportunity to participate fully in society
Title III of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act provides funds to implement supplemental instructional programs for ELLs. These funds are used to provide high quality language instruction programs for our district Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in elementary and secondary grades.

Federal funds are also used to provide support staff to assist teachers with instruction and professional development for teachers to effectively instruct and assess ELLs. 

Title III requires an annual assessment of the English language proficiency of all LEP students in grades K-12 in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Limited English proficient students must be assessed on the annual basis to determine individual growth in each domain. When a student reaches a level of Fluent English Proficient (FEP) the student no longer receives supplemental ELL services, but is monitored for two academic years to ensure continued academic progress.

Visit WIDA to learn more about what teachers are using to help children learn English in the classroom.