Language Proficiency Levels

English Language Proficiency Levels

 

These descriptions of the English language proficiency classifications are designed to augment the definitions given in Chapter PI 13, Wisconsin Administrative Code. English language proficiency classifications must be determined by DPI approved instruments and rubrics.

Use the number codes 1-7 to indicate “English proficiency” status as follows:

  1. Beginning/Preproduction:
    The student does not understand or speak English with the exception of a few isolated words or expressions.
  2. Beginning/Production:
    The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English with hesitancy and difficulty. The student understands parts of lessons and simple directions. The student is at a pre-emergent or emergent level of reading and writing in English, significantly below grade level.
  3. Intermediate:
    The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English with decreasing hesitancy and difficulty. The student is post-emergent, developing reading comprehension and writing skills in English. The student’s English literacy skills allow the student to demonstrate academic knowledge in content areas with assistance.
  4. Advanced Intermediate:
    The student understands and speaks conversational English without apparent difficulty, but understands and speaks academic English with some hesitancy. The student continues to acquire reading and writing skills in content areas needed to achieve grade level expectations with assistance.
  5. Advanced:
    The student understands and speaks conversational and academic English well. The student is near proficient in reading, writing, and content area skills needed to meet grade level expectations. The student requires occasional support.
  6. Formerly LEP/Now Fully English Proficient:
    The student was formerly limited-English proficient and is now fully English proficient. The student understands, speaks, reads, and writes English, and possesses thinking and reasoning skills to succeed in academic classes at or above the student’s age or grade level.
  7. Fully English Proficient:
    The student was never classified as limited-English proficient and does not fit the definition of a limited English proficient student outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 Title IX sec. 9101(25)(A)-(D)

Source: “Wisconsin English Language Proficiency Levels.” Wisconsin Department of Instruction. 26 Feb. 2008. WI DPI.