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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Under federal guidelines, parents must be informed of student placement in a language program within 30 days of placement.