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English as a
Second Language

English as a
Second Language

    We invest in inclusive quality instruction that honors students’ racial, cultural and linguistic assets.

    We prepare educators at PPS with the perspectives and resources needed to ensure that every EB is ready to succeed in our schools and thrive in our community.

    ?? - Español, 503-956-4140 | Việt ngữ, 503-320-5354 | 廣東話/팹繫話,503-956-7329 - ??
    971-201-0419 العربية ‬| Oromoo fi Amhaaraa, 971-271-2128
    Русский, 503-956-2588 | Somali, 503-956-8323 | Maay-Maay 503-916-3377



    6/11/19 - ESL will not be supporting registrations through Welcome Centers this upcoming school year.

    We realize that it is more beneficial for Emergent Bilingual parents/guardians to go to their students’ schools to register. For more information about ESL services contact: Veronica Magallanes, ESL Department, vmagallanes@pps.net.

    The testing that ESL has done in the past has changed and the ELPA Screener is a new state assessment being implemented starting summer 2019-20.

    The ESL department will not be able to give the level of support to the registration process that it has in the past and it is removing itself from the process to give priority to the ELPA Screener. Community Agents will focus on administering the ELPA Screener at all schools.

    For more information about ELPA Screener contact: Joe Suggs, System Planning & Performance, jsuggs@pps.net.

    Language Access Services available for registration

    To request oral interpretation or written translation please contact the Language Access Services Department.

    Marifer Sager, Language Access Services Manager x63524      msager@pps.net

  • Community Agent Support Services

    To submit a request for Community Agent Support, click here.

ODE Memo - ESL Promotions

  • I wanted to share with you the February 28, 2019 ODE Executive Memo directing districts to stop ESL reclassification via portfolio processes, promotion and alternative promotions. PPS and all districts can no longer use these alternative promotion processes to exit students from ESL program and shall comply immediately. English Learners may only be exited from an EL program if they receive a proficient score on Oregon’s English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21).

    I understand the many questions this may raise. I want to also share that I believe in the work that we have done specifically with aligning our instruction to the new ELP standards, investing in Quality Teaching for English Learners and the programmatic instructional changes that hold together and increase our student's attainment of English and critical thinking skills. I have much confidence that our continued efforts will prepare more of our students to pass ELPA21 and be on track to reach English proficiency.

    Veronica Magallanes, Director of ESL
    x74948    vmagallanes@pps.net

  • PPS State Plans

    June, 2018 - The English Language Learner Local Plan 2017-19 provides guidance and direction to all Portland Public Schools (PPS) educators, our families and students regarding the options available for providing quality programs and services for our Emergent Bilinguals (EBs). It also articulates the expectations that the district holds for each school and classroom in the District. (Read More)

    Statement of Assurance Amendment (Exiting Policy Change)

Oregon ELL Report

  • The Oregon English Language Learner Report is an annual publication required by law (ORS 327.016), which reports on financial information for English language learner programs, the objectives and needs of students eligible for and enrolled in an English language learner program, as well as provides information on the demographics of students in English language learner programs in each school district. In addition, this report provides a tool that makes data on English language learners accessible to researchers, media, students, and parents.

    El Informe sobre los estudiantes del idioma inglés de Oregon es una publicación anual obligatoria por ley (ORS 327.016), que brinda información financiera de los programas para estudiantes del idioma inglés (English language learner, ELL), los objetivos y las necesidades de los estudiantes elegibles para un programa para estudiantes del idioma inglés y que están inscrito en uno y brinda los datos demográficos de estudiantes en programas de este tipo en cada distrito escolar.

ESL Contacts

Veronica Magallanes
ESL Director
(503) 916-6525
Dan Villescas
Assistant Director
(503) 916-3216
Katherine Hu
Special Programs Administrator
(503) 916-3147
Francisco Garcia
Student Success Program Manager
(503) 916-3097