• ESOL Levels

    Listed below is a brief description of each WIDA ® English Language Proficiency level:

    1 - Entering: (Pre-functional 1.0-1.9)

    • pictorial or graphic representation of the language of the content areas
    • words, phrases or chunks of language when presented with one-step commands, directions, WH-, choice or yes/no questions, or statements with sensory, graphic or interactive support

    2 - Beginning:  (Beginner 2.0-2.9)

    • general language related to the content areas
    • phrases or short sentences
    • oral or written language with phonological, syntactic, or semantic errors that often impede the meaning of the communication when presented with one to multiple-step commands, directions, questions, or a series of statements with sensory, graphic or interactive support

    3 - Developing:  (Intermediate 3.0-3.9)

    • general and some specific language of the content areas
    • expanded sentences in oral interaction or written paragraphs
    • oral or written language with phonological, syntactic or semantic errors that may impede the communication, but retain much of its meaning, when presented with oral or written, narrative or expository descriptions with sensory, graphic or interactive support

    4 - Expanding:  (Advanced 4.0-4.9)

    • specific and some technical language of the content areas
    • a variety of sentence lengths of varying linguistic complexity in oral discourse or multiple, related sentences or paragraphs
    • oral or written language with minimal phonological, syntactic or semantic errors that do not impede the overall meaning of the communication when presented with oral or written connected discourse with sensory, graphic or interactive support

    5 - Bridging:  (Initially Proficient 5.0-6NE)

    • specialized or technical language of the content areas
    • a variety of sentence lengths of varying linguistic complexity in extended oral or written discourse, including stories, essays or reports
    • oral or written language approaching comparability to that of proficient English peers when presented with grade level material

    6 - Reaching:  (Monitored 6P-7P)

    • specialized or technical language reflective of the content areas at grade level
    • a variety of sentence lengths of varying linguistic complexity in extended oral or written discourse as required by the specified grade level
    • oral or written communication in English comparable to proficient English peers

    Exit Requirements  

    ESOL students exit the program when they score 5 or higher in all four domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) on tier B and C of the ACCESS assessment.