Simply put, the federal government helps those students who need it most by supplying funding for a variety of programs.

ExcEL:  English Language Development Program

How do we identify a student as an English Learner?

Federal and state policies require our district to assess the English language proficiency (ELP) of all students who are influenced by another language at home.  Students whose responses to the language questions presented during the online enrollment process will be screened for eligibility of English language development (ELD) services. 

How will I know if my child has been identified as an English Learner?

ELD teachers notify parents by sending a letter and an English Language Acquisition Plan which includes the services that are available to your child.  Expect the letter to be mailed to your physical mailing address.

What are the services available to my student?

Edmond Public Schools uses an English as a Second Language model where English proficiency and content are the focus of instruction.  The student’s native language is not used in instruction or as support. 

Not all English Learners are alike!  EPS uses a transitional approach to our ELD program which we call ExcEL:  as a student’s English language proficiency increases the amount and intensity of services are decreased.  The ELD services that are available to your child vary based upon grade level and ELP level. 

  • All classroom & content teachers of English Learners receive consultation from an ELD teacher
  • Most students who have been identified as an English Learner receive a subscription to an online language, reading, or vocabulary program
    that can be accessed at school and at home.
  • In addition to the two services above and depending on grade level & English language proficiency level, English learner students may receive one or more of the following:
Elementary Middle School High School
Highlights Magazine subscription 30-minute Pull-out classes 1-2 times per week English I, II, III, or IV 

taught by an ELD teacher

30-minute Pull-out classes 1-2 times per week Literacy Class taught 

by an ELD teacher

Effective Learning 

Strategies Class

 taught by an ELD teacher


What are my rights as a parent or guardian?

You have the right to opt-out of the services included in your child’s English Language Acquisition Plan; however, your child’s English language proficiency must be assessed each year until s/he meets the proficiency requirements set by Oklahoma’s State Department of Education. 

When will my child achieve English proficiency?

Experts generally agree that English language acquisition can take 5-7 years or longer.   

Which assessment will be used to determine my child’s English language proficiency?

Like the majority of the United States, the Oklahoma State Department of Education has chosen the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs as the official ELP tool for our state.  Sample items and test practice can be viewed here.   Testing usually happens sometime during the third 9-weeks of school.  The Oklahoma State Department of Education has currently set a score of 4.8 overall as an automatic exit score on the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs.  You will be notified by letter of your child’s progress each year until s/he meets the proficiency requirements. 

For more information on the district’s English Language Development program, contact Erica Fain at 405.340.2269 or erica.fain@edmondschools.net .

Title I

Title I is the largest federal aid program for public schools. The goal of Title I is a high-quality education for every child. These are children who are the furthest from meeting the standards that Oklahoma has set for all children. Title I resources are directed to schools with high percentages of disadvantaged students.

Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy – Spanish

Parent Right to Know

Parent Right to Know-Spanish

Indian Education

Federal grants fund services and opportunities for more than 130,000 Native American students attending Oklahoma public schools. The program includes:

  • Tutoring
  • Cultural Activities
  • Student Opportunities
  • College and Career Information

Native American Heritage Month Poster

Indian Education Program Guide

Indian Education Eligibility Form 506

Native American Spotlight

Indian Education Program Updates

September 2020 Newsletter

November 2020 Newsletter

College and Career Planning

Upcoming Events Newsletter

Scholarship Resources

Cultural Video Series

Cheyenne and Arapaho I

Cheyenne and Arapaho II

Kiowa I

Kiowa II

Navajo Nation

Otoe-Missouria I

Otoe-Missouria II

Pawnee I

Pawnee II

Storytelling

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians

Additional Resources and Forms

Online Cultural Learning

Video of Programs

SDE Indian Education Website

For information on the Indian Education Program, please contact the district Indian Education office at 340-2895 or contact director Sydna Yellowfish at at 726-3300 or IndianEducation@edmondschools.net

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless youth. The Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” Examples include children living in a motel, shelter, campground, park or on the streets. Children who share housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship also qualify for services.

Edmond Public Schools is required to enroll homeless children immediately even if they lack documents such as immunization records or proof of residence, and provide transportation if it is in the child’s best interest.

Homeless-MV Complaint

Homeless Liaison Duties

Homeless Education Information: https://spark.adobe.com/page/NXHbDYns3V2jr

Making a referral

To make a referral of a homeless child, please contact Andrea Wheeler at 340-2919 or andrea.wheeler@edmondschools.net.

Foster Care

New requirements under Title I of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, highlight the need to provide educational stability for children in foster care, with particular emphasis on collaboration between the State Department of Education, the district, and child welfare agencies to ensure that students in foster care have the opportunity to achieve at the same high levels as their peers. These provisions promote greater stability for children in foster care so that they can continue their education without disruption, maintain important relationships with peers and adults, and have the opportunity to achieve college- and career readiness.

EPS Foster Care Plan

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To Report Fraud or Mismanagement of Federal Education Program Funds

To report fraud, waste, abuse, misuse or mismanagement of U.S. Department of Education (ED) program funds (this could include complaints concerning employees, fund recipients, educational institutions, contractors, collection agencies, or lending institutions), please contact the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Education Hotline. stopfraudandpubliccorruptionallschoollevels