WIDA Levels and Descriptors

English Language Learner (ELL) students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade participated in the administration of the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs® language proficiency test.  ACCESS provides a standardized measurement of academic language proficiency for ELL students throughout the state of Virginia, and in other states.  With this information, we will be able to monitor individual ELL student progress on an annual basis.

 At the given level of English language proficiency, English language learners will process, understand, produce, or use:

 

6 (Reaching)

 •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 English-proficient peers

 

5 (Bridging)

 •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 English-proficient peers when presented with grade-level material

 

4 (Expanding)

 •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 connected discourse with sensory, graphic, or interactive support 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

 

 3 (Developing)

 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

 

2 (Beginning)

 •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

 

1 (Entering)

 •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

•oral language with phonological, syntactic, or semantic errors that often impede meaning when presented with basic oral commands, direct questions, or simple statements with sensory, graphic, or interactive support

 

From www.wida.us