Welcome to the ESL Assessment Consortium. The Consortium was established by members of the British Columbia Lower Mainland School Boards. Its purpose is to consider various issues related to the assessment of students who come from homes where the language spoken is not English.

Consortium activities include the development of assessment instruments, cross-district cooperation in the development of ESL support levels, and the implementation of assessment research.

We gratefully acknowledge the BC TEAL Charitable Foundation that supported, in part, the development of an online Lower Mainland English Reading Assessment.

We gratefully acknowledge the support from the Faculty of Education at UBC’s John and Doris Andrews Grant to conduct research on our online Assessment.

The Lower Mainland ESL Consortium Members

Abbotsford School District

North Vancouver School District

Leina Richter

Natalie Vermeer

ESL Coordinator K-12

Burnaby School District

Ann Thorup,

Program Consultant- ELL

Coquitlam School District

Dale Shea,

ESL Coordinator

Surrey School District

Ross Powell,

ELL Teacher

Delta School District

Bill Richards,

Learning Services Coordinator

Inclusive Learning

University of British Columbia

Reginald Arthur D’Silva

Lee Gunderson

Langley School District

Karen Beatty,

District Principal ELL/SWIS

Janis Sawatzky   District ELL Teacher

Vancouver School District

Ann Stewart Hunter,

District ELL Consultant

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows

Diane Wadden


Vancouver School District

Maria Yioldassis,

District ELL Consultant

New Westminster School District

Daphne McMillan,

Ida Ollenberger

Richmond School District

Hieu Pham-Fraser,

ELL Coordinator