A fact sheet from the USDepartment of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans shows that Spanish, French Creole, and French are the most common languages spoken at home by the 130,000-plus English learners.
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.
An initiative of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, Understanding Language aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The long-term goal of the initiative is to increase recognition that learning the language of each academic discipline is essential to learning content.