Feb 09, 2016 2016-02-09
What might it look like to analyze the language level of English learners and give targeted feedback? The WIDA Performance Definitions tool can be used as a rubric for such an analysis. The tool signals six levels of linguistic development: entering, beginning, developing, expanding, bridging, and reaching. The Performance Definitions rubric aligns with the ACCESS language proficiency assessment used in 36 US states. Designed by WIDA, at the Wisconsin Center of Educational Research, ACCESS is administered annually to English learners to meet federal language assessment requirements. ACCESS test items are evaluated in three dimensions: discourse (linguistic complexity); sentence (language forms and conventions); and word/phrase (vocabulary usage). The Performance Definitions tool contains two rubrics—one for receptive language (listening and reading) and one for productive language (speaking and writing); it outlines the three language dimensions of the ACCESS language proficiency assessment by proficiency level.