The Proficiency Level Descriptors and the Washington English Language Proficiency Standards are designed to be used by classroom teachers and English Language Learner (ELL) specialists.
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The Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLD) define and describe the five levels of language acquisition that ELLs move through as they progress toward English proficiency. This document complements the Washington English Language Proficiency Standards and is intended to serve as a foundation to better understanding the standards.
(PDF, 17 pages)
The ELP standards are developed for grades K, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The standards highlight the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language that are in college-and-career-ready standards and that are necessary for English language learners (ELLs) to be successful in schools. Also, the standards include correspondences to the practices identified in the Common Core State Standards and in the Next Generation Science Standards.
(PDF, 217 pages, 2 MB)
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Washington's previous language proficiency descriptors included four proficiency levels (beginning/advanced beginning, intermediate, advanced, transitional) in each of the four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing). A fifth domain, Comprehension, is embedded within the domains of Listening and Reading and is part of the
English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA).
- ELD Listening/Speaking Standards (PDF)
Listening and speaking are combined into one set of descriptors.
- ELD Reading Standards (Word)
Six areas are embedded: Language Production, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.
- ELD Writing Standards (Word)
Five areas are embedded: Language Production, Purpose, Conventions, Audience/Voice, and Writing Process