Tracking Progress: The Key to Success for English Language Learners – A Guide to Progress Monitoring & Progress Reports

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Why progress monitor?

As a teacher, it is important to regularly assess your students’ progress and make adjustments to your instruction as needed. This is especially crucial for English Language Learners (ELLs), who often require targeted and differentiated support to reach their full potential. This progress monitoring with progress reports is also important because it allows not only the ELL teacher, but the content area teachers and parents to be kept abreast of the students development in all areas. It also helps you to notice when a student may be falling behind or not making gains in a specific area so that you can plan an intervention.

ELLs often come from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and may have limited prior education in their first language. Regular progress reporting with ELLs helps to ensure that they receive the support they need to succeed and close any achievement gaps.

Templates to help!

To support teachers in monitoring the progress of their ELLs, I have created a set of progress report templates for ELLs based on the WIDA Can Do Descriptors. These templates provide a clear and effective way to track students’ abilities across the four language domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The templates are available as both a PDF and a fillable PDF (your preference) and are suitable for students in grades 9-12. Sorry lower grades! I haven’t gotten around to creating the templates yet.

  • Progress report templates for ELLs in grades 6-12

There are three different progress reporting for ELL templates in the download, and you can use only or all. The most comprehensive is the first version, which is what I personally use. Using these templates, teachers can easily identify areas of strength and areas for improvement for each student. This information can then be used to make informed decisions about instructional strategies, accommodations, and interventions to support the student’s language development.

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In conclusion, using our WIDA Can Do Descriptors-based templates to monitor the progress of your ELLs can provide valuable insights into their language development and help you to make informed decisions about how to support their success. Download the templates today and take the first step in maximizing your ELLs’ progress. Test drive these templates and let me know if they worked for you!

Happy teaching,


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