• English Language Development (ELD) Program  

    CR ELD Program and Procedures Manual



    is a philosophical cornerstone of Council Rock School District.

    Council Rock is proud to have an ever-increasing population of students who speak other languages. Currently there are more than 30 languages represented in our schools. This infusion of many cultures and ethnic customs provides multiple learning experiences for Council Rock staff, students, and also our district geographic communities of Newtown Borough, Newtown Township, Northampton Township, Wrightstown Township, and Upper Makefield Township.


    ELD Contacts:


    Nicole Crawford
    Director of Elementary Education  
    ELD Coordinator



    Aaryn Clerk, ELD Specialist

    John Quinlisk, ELD Specialist 

    Council Rock High School North

    Council Rock High School South




    Kathleen Bound, ELD Specialist

    Holland Middle School 

    Newtown Middle School



    Krystal Eng Lieu, ELD Specialist

    Cristen Kelleher, ELD Specialist

    Rolling Hills Elementary School




    Carol Finnegan, ELD Specialist

    Hillcrest Elementary School

    Maureen M. Welch Elementary School



    Shanyn Heubeck, ELD Specialist

    Goodnoe Elementary School



    Anna Kotsyuba, ELD Specialist

    Sol Feinstone Elementary School

    Wrightstown Elementary School



    Julia Leavitt, ELD Specialist

     Holland Elementary School

    Newtown Elementary School 


    Maria Rounsavill, ELD Specialist

    Churchville Elementary School

    Richboro Elementary School





    Title III & WIDA


    Title III

    Parent/Guardian Right to Refuse Service: The Pennsylvania Department of Education has instituted a parental right to refuse English Language Development (or “opt-out” of ELD) Program services and instruction. Although it is not advised, if a parent/guardian so chooses, he or she may refuse specialized services for English Learners (ELs). 

    If you are interested in learning more about your right to refuse ELD services for your child, please contact the building ELD Specialist or Mrs. Crawford (ncrawdord@crsd.org).



    Pennsylvania is part of the World-Class Instructional Design & Assessment (WIDA) standards for English learners (ELs) consortium. More information about WIDA can be found in the links below.

    WIDA ELD Standards Framework


    WIDA Can-Do Descriptors


    WIDA Performance Definitions



     Placement, Program Eligibility, and Exit Criteria


    ELD assessments assist educators with programmatic decisions such as identification and placement of ELs.


    WIDA Screener

    The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment. It is given to incoming students in Grades 1-12 that have registered and indicated another language is spoken at home. Kindergarten students will be given the Kindergarten Model Placement Test (K-MODEL).  For more information on the WIDA Screener, please click the link here.


    Program Eligibility


    A student may be eligible to receive ELD services if one of the following criteria is identified:

    • Not born in the United States and comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant.

    • Born in the United States and English is not the primary language at home.

    Students are then assessed using the WIDA Screener. This is an English language proficiency “screener” test given to incoming students who may be designated to receive ELD services.

    The test is divided into five grade clusters and each section assesses the language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The test incorporates questions in the areas of Science, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Social and Instructional Language.

    Based on the student’s score, it is then determined if the student qualifies for ELD services.

    Parents receive notification regarding a student’s entry into or exit from the program. They also receive periodic progress updates from the ELD Specialist in addition to quarterly student report cards.


    Exit Criteria

    The Council Rock School District follows the exit criteria as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 
    For more information about the exit criteria, please click the link here