ELL Entrance Criteria

For the initial identification of ELs utilizing the WIDA W-APT or MODEL screeners, the composite literacy level of 4.2 should be used in lieu of the individual reading and writing, in accordance with the following:

  • Children entering the first semester of kindergarten must score at least a 5.0 composite oral proficiency level on the WIDA MODEL to be considered English language proficient. A student who scores below this proficiency level is considered an English learner (EL) and is eligible for TBE/TPI services.

  • Children entering the second semester of kindergarten or the first semester of 1st grade must score an overall composite proficiency level of 5.0 as well as a literacy composite level of 4.2 on the WIDA MODEL to be considered English language proficient. A student who scores below either of these minimum proficiency levels is considered EL and is eligible for TBE/TPI services.

  • Children entering the second semester of 1st grade through 12th grade must achieve an overall composite proficiency level of 5.0 as well as a literacy composite level of 4.2 on the W-APT to be considered English language proficient. A student who scores below either of these minimum proficiency levels is considered EL and is eligible for TBE/TPI services.