English Language Development, WIDA Levels and the Goal of ESL Support. A chief goal of ESL support is to help English Learners achieve the high levels of Academic English Proficiency needed to succeed with career and educational goals. The WIDA English Language Proficiency levels offer one measure of this Proficiency. The following tables set forth the basic criteria for each WIDA Level.
Grade-Level, Proficiency-based Learning Supports. The MPS Multilingual Department Programming Framework sets forth basic expectations for the form and amount of support each English Learner will receive.
Schools may modify this basic framework based on student and building needs. The ESL teacher can provide more details about the specifics of any student's ESL supports.
Moving Through and Exiting ESL Services
To ensure that students are receiving the appropriate ESL supports for both Language Development and academic achievement, all English Learners' progress and need for services will be reviewed by a school-based team (that includes classroom teachers and ESL teachers) throughout the year.
In order to ensure that all English Learners in MPS are making adequate progress in acquiring academic English and increasing English language proficiency, the school district uses resources developed by WIDA:
At the end of each school year, ESL teachers evaluate all spring standardized testing data as it becomes available to determine each EL’s eligibility for ongoing ESL support. When a student meets a majority of the Exit Criteria with an emphasis on standardized scores, they will be reclassified in late spring for the next school year and will no longer receive ESL supports. These same Exit Criteria are used to determine reclassification of Dual Eligible (Special Education) students.
This review can result in a number of adjustments to the student's ESL status.
Late May (after the ACCESS test scores have arrived)
Based on performance on the WIDA ACCESS, State Reading exams, and other data, a student might be exited or “graduate” from ESL services.
Exit or remaining in ESL
2. Waiver Review
For students who have refused recommended ESL services, a school-based team reviews WIDA scores and other indicators of language and academic development.
Recommendation to students and parents to either remain with current plan or to accept ESL services.
3. Exit Review
For two years following formal exiting from ESL, a school-based team will review indicators of academic success for each exited student.
Recommendation to the students and parents to continue Exited Status or to re-activate ESL status.
4. Change of Status
No set time (used as needed)
If teachers, parents or students agree that the student can be served in some other ESL status, a “school-based” request for Change of ESL Status can be filed.
Change of ESL status (as agreed upon by student, parents, and teachers).
If a student who has not been initially identified as meeting the entrance criteria for ESL services begins to demonstrate language/academic concerns, the EL team will do a combination of the following to determine if language is the primary concern: administer the W-APT to determine language proficiency (if it hasn’t been done prior); re-evaluate all assessment data and review updated data; make a classroom observation and interview the student’s classroom and content teacher(s); consult with parents.
If the student meets a majority of the entrance criteria with an emphasis on standardized test scores (Level 1-5 on the WAPT; below 40th percentile on MAP Reading), the EL staff will enroll the student in the ESL program, assuming the parents agree to ESL services.