English Learners

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English Learner Classifications and Service Models

The following classifications of language proficiency for English learners are dependent on language assessment scores.  The Kindergarten WAPT and WIDA Screener are the initial placement assessments, and the ACCESS Assessment is the yearly State English language assessment. These assessments provide educators valuable information on where your student is and how to help them grow in English language proficiency.

EL Teachers

EL Teachers and their assigned schools. (PDF)

English Proficiency Levels
K-WAPT (Initial Placement)*
WIDA Screener (Initial Placement)**
ACCESS (Annual English Language State Assessment)***

Level 1 Entering


1.0 or 1.5

1.0 – 1.9

Level 2 Emerging


2.0 or 2.5

2.0 – 2.9

Level 3 Developing

High (up to 28)

3.0 or 3.5

3.0 – 3.9

Level 4 Expanding

High (28) or Exceptional

4.0 or 4.5

4.0 – 4.9

Level 5 Bridging

5.0 or 5.5

5.0  6.0

*The K-WAPT recognizes that most kindergarten students are not yet fully literate, so the scale for placement places more emphasis on oral skills in the first semester. 

**The WIDA Screener is a shorter test than ACCESS, and not as detailed, so the scores are more limited in range. 

***Students are proficient with a 4.4 composite score and a 4.2 literacy score on the ACCESS assessment.

For a full description of qualifying scores and levels, please refer to section 2(a), (b), and (c) in Tennessee State Board of Education English as a Second Language Policy 3.207. 

See the following pages for service model descriptions and the various ways CMCSS English learners receive services from the English learner teacher after entering the program. 
EL Service Model K-5
EL Service Model 6 – 12