Policy 138

Policy 138

Policy 138 guides the English Language Development and Bilingual Education programs in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). SDP shall provide a culturally and linguistically appropriate planned instructional program for English Learners (ELs), which builds on students’ home language and culture. ELs shall be identified, assessed and provided an equal opportunity to participate in instructional programs with equal access to educational programs and extracurricular activities. Policy 138 contains the following components:

  • Identification, Placement, and Notification
  • Programming
  • Equitable Access
  • Evaluation and Accountability
  • Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

The School District of Philadelphia is also guided by federal and state policies. See a list below, and find more details in the English Language Development / Bilingual Education Program Manual SY21-22.

Federal Policies:

State Policies:


Community Meetings

April 2021 Community Meetings

Policy 138 Meetings were held on via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 22nd from 5-7 pm. Updates from that meeting will be shared soon.


September 2019 Community Meetings

Policy 138 Meetings were held in September 2019 at South Philadelphia High School, Kensington Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School, and Lincoln High School.

A video recording of the presentation is below, and here is a copy of the meeting slide deck.

Find notes from round table discussions here, with participants’ names removed. Edits were also made for clarity and brevity.

At the end of each meeting, OMCP administered a paper survey to evaluate the success of each meeting. A summary of survey responses is also included in the notes document.

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