English Learners

English Learners Services

Howell Public Schools offers English Learners (EL) services for students in grades kindergarten through twelve who need this support. EL teachers and tutors work with our students to help them learn the mechanics of speaking, reading and writing the English Language. All services take place during the school day, outside of the child's English and math classes.

EL service regulations originate from the federal government Title III language and are supported by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). 

In compliance with the Department of Justice, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title III, Howell Public Schools has developed and implemented a system English Learners (EL) students and families can meaningfully access our services and receive guidance on legal obligations. Please see the resources below.

EL Handbook  (helps explain the federal and state regulations)


EL Assessment

Students who qualify for EL services take the Michigan Department of Education's WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). This test measures how well a student can read, write, listen and speak English. The data helps our teachers, tutors, administrators, and parents track a student's growth in English skills. Students are given the WIDA before EL services begin and then take it annually in April. Parents are sent a report of the assessment results, with our teachers and EL tutors maintaining continuous communications with parents throughout the year. 

WIDA Website 


Need EL Services?

If you are interested in obtaining EL tutoring services for your child, or if you need assistance with translation services, please contact your child's teacher or building Principal. 

Please note that an online translation service is provided on the home page of the Howell Public Schools website.


Concerns about ELL Programming

Step 1: Contact your school's Principal.
Step 2: If concerns remain, contact Elson Liu, Executive Director of Instructional Services at 517.545.1452.




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