Developed by the eleven-state ELPA21 Consortium, the Proficiency Level Descriptors and the New English Language Proficiency Standards are designed to be used by classroom teachers and English Language Learner (ELL) specialists alike.
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.
Washington is one of 11 state members of the consortium
English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century.
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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 English Language Proficiency Standards and is intended to serve as a foundation to better understanding the standards.
(PDF, 17 pages)
The new ELP 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. The standards also include correspondences to the Practices and Standards identified in the Common Core State Standards and in the Next Generation Science Standards.
Version 1.2.1 (April 2014) replaces the December 2013 version of the ELP Standards. Changes include:
- hyperlinked correspondence matrices introducing each grade level
- edits and corrections to improve consistency
- change in language of Guiding Principle 6 from “required” to
(PDF, 234 pages, 4 MB) (Word)
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For questions about the ELP Standards, please contact us: Migrant and
Bilingual Education Program, (360) 725-6147 or e-mail
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