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Grandview School District

Bilingual Program

The Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program (TBIP) is defined by Washington state law as a system of instruction which:
Uses two languages, one of which is English, as a means of instruction to build upon and expand language skills to enable a student to achieve competency in English.
  • Teaches concepts and knowledge in the primary language of a student, while the student also acquires English language skills.
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  • Tests students in the subject matter in English.

Student Eligibility and Placement

  • Eligibility begins with the administration of a Home Language Survey to determine if a language other than English is spoken at home and if the child first spoke a language other than English.
  • If the child speaks a language other than English, the student's English language ability is measured with the Washington Language Proficiency Test within the student's first 10 days of attendance.
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  • Students scoring at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Level are eligible for TBIP services. Students who score at the Transitional Level are not eligible.
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  • Under federal guidelines, parents must be informed of student placement in a language program within 30 days of placement.
 
 
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