ENGLISH LEARNERS (ELs)
Virginia is part of the WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) Consortium (https://wida.wisc.edu/). Pulaski County Public Schools’ EL program therefore uses WIDA’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards at the core of its instruction.
English Language Development (ELD) Standards
The WIDA Consortium's English Language Development Standards (https://wida.wisc.edu/teach/standards/eld) for English Learners (ELs) in Kindergarten through Grade 12 encompass:• Social and Instructional language
• the language of Language Arts
• the language of Mathematics
• the language of Science
• the language of Social Studies
Further Resources About the ELD Standards
Essential Actions Handbook
Defining Features of Academic Language and Performance Definitions
Recorded Webinar (per http://www.wida.us)
English Language Proficiency Levels
There are six levels of English language proficiency within the WIDA framework.
WIDA’s CAN DO Descriptors
Can Do Descriptors (Link)
WIDA’s CAN DO Descriptors demonstrate what an EL may be expected to do across the four primary language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) at his/her current English language proficiency level. The CAN DO Descriptors are clustered by grade level. These descriptors also provide concrete information as to what the EL may be expected to do as s/he works toward the next level of English language proficiency.