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Language Proficiency Levels



English Language Proficiency Levels
Alignment to Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
ELPA21 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
WIDA Entering Emerging Developing Expanding Bridging *
TESOL Starting Emerging Developing Expanding Bridging
California Emerging Expanding Bridging
New York State Entering Emerging Transitioning Expanding Commanding
Texas Beginning Intermediate Advanced Advanced High
Arizona Pre-Emergent Emergent Basic Low Intermediate High Intermediate *
Connecticut Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5

* WIDA and Arizona have a 6th category called Reaching or Proficient. This category is not a language proficiency level, but rather a culminating stage at which a language learner is able to access grade-level academic content without language support.


Proficiency Level Descriptors

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5