Schools will conduct intake assessments of an EAL learner’s English language proficiency at the beginning of the school year or when the student arrives at school. This information will be used to make decisions on programming, instruction, and resources to support a student’s EAL learning needs in all subject areas. Ongoing monitoring of the student’s language proficiency will assist the school to determine supports needed for a student’s EAL learning in all K-12 subject areas.
Schools can select from a variety of assessment tools to determine the language proficiency and language learning needs of their EAL students.
Many schools use the Alberta K-12 English as an Additional Language Benchmarks Proficiency (Benchmarks 2.0) to help them determine the child’s or student’s proficiency in English and to monitor EAL learners’ language development progress to inform programming and EAL instruction in all subject areas.