ESL Level Proficiency Descriptors

Level 1: Entering/pull-out ESL support for students receiving curriculum/assessment modifications (ELPPR)

Level 2: Beginning/pull-out ESL support for students receiving curriculum/assessment modifications (ELPPR)

Level 3: Developing/pull-out or push in ESL support for students receiving curriculum/assessment modifications (graded on the report card by content/classroom teacher in consultation with ESL Specialist)

Level 4: Expanding/pull-out or push in ESL support (graded on the report card by content/classroom teacher in consultation)

Level 5: Bridging /monitored only with pull-out ESL support as needed (graded on the report card by content/classroom teacher)

Level 6: Reaching/exited student

 

ESL students receive a classification according to their English Language Proficiency


1. Entering level - student demonstrates very little understanding of English, has limited verbal expression and relies upon visual cues, does not read or comprehend in English and has little or no ability to write in English.

2. Beginning level - student demonstrates a limited understanding of spoken English, makes significant errors when speaking, is very difficult to understand, comprehends only simple sentences, reads simple words with many modifications and uses identifiable sentence structure, but lacks sequential ideas.

3. Developing level - student demonstrates a fair understanding of spoken English, can be understood when speaking (however, often must rephrase to be understood), reads utilizing strategies and some modifications for comprehension and is developing writing skills.

4. Expanding level - student has an extensive understanding of spoken English, can be easily understood when speaking, reads and comprehends with only minor modifications and writes with occasional grammatical errors in organized sentences.

5. Bridging level - student understands, speaks, reads and writes comparable to a native English speaker. This student is then released from ESL services, but monitored for two consecutive years, then exited from the program.

6. Reaching level- student has been monitored for 2 consecutive years and has been exited from ESL program services.
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