Using the ESL Benchmarks for Ongoing Assessment and Reporting

Ongoing Assessment

Throughout the year, ongoing English language proficiency assessment is required to ensure each English language learner is developing the language skills and knowledge expected based on his or her individual abilities and circumstances. The Alberta ESL Benchmarks can be used to establish the English language proficiency levels of students at intervals throughout the school year (e.g., November, March, June) and compared to previous results to establish how the English language learner is progressing.


At regular reporting periods an English language learner’s current language proficiency level should be communicated for each of the strands (listening, speaking, reading and writing), showing the language proficiency level in which the student is currently working. It is also important to show how curriculum marks are impacted by limited English proficiency. Comments should also be included to explain to parents and students what the proficiency levels mean.

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