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Elementary ESL

 


English Language Proficiency Levels

Level 1 (Entering)

  • Level 1 students who have recently arrived in the United States are placed in the Newcomer English Program. Some Level 1 students are placed in designated LEAP (Language Enrichment for Academic Progress) classrooms while other Level 1 students receive support from an ESL teacher during the school day.

    Newcomer Brochure

Level 2 (Beginning)

  • Most Level 2 students are placed in mainstream classrooms and receive support from an ESL teacher during the school day. Some Level 2 students participate in LEAP.

Level 3 (Developing)

  • Most Level 3 students participate in mainstream classrooms. They receive reading, content, or math support as needed.

Level 4 (Expanding)

  • Level 4 students participate in mainstream classrooms. They receive reading, content, or math support as needed.

Level 5 (Bridging)

  •  Level 5 students participate in mainstream classrooms. They receive reading, content, or math support as needed.

Level 6 (Reaching)

  • Level 6 students have demonstrated English proficiency on the annual English language assessment.  They have been exited from the language support program and are no longer considered LEP.

ELP Levels and CAN DO Descriptors: 

Each year the ESL Specialist distributes LEP students' English Language Proficiency Levels.  These levels are a direct result of the annual English Language Proficiency Test (ACCESS) and are rooted in the CAN DO Descriptors.   Refer to the grade specific CAN DO Descriptors below to understand the instructional meaning of each level.   The CAN DO Descriptors describe how ELLs process and use language for each language domain.

PreK-K CAN DO Descriptors
Grades 1-2 CAN DO Descriptors
Grades 3-5 CAN DO Descriptors