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Jan. 15, 2020

PYP EAL Award Ceremony 2020

PYP EAL Certificates Awarded - CISH Auditorium

On Wednesday, January 15th, the PYP EAL Award Ceremony was held in the CISH Auditorium. EAL certificates were awarded based on WIDA results from the December testing period. At the ceremony, seven students received certificates for testing out of EAL and twenty-five received certificates for improving at least one WIDA level.


The WIDA test is a comprehensive assessment of English language ability focusing on all four essential skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. WIDA is comprised of six levels ranging in score from the bottom, 1.0, to the top, 6.0. As students’ English abilities improve, they are able to achieve a higher level; for example, if a student previously scored 2.4, and then scores 3.3 on the current test, they would move from level 2 to level 3. Each time a student accomplishes a higher level, they are awarded an EAL certificate of achievement. In most cases, students scoring 4.5 or higher will test out of EAL. 


The second semester WIDA testing period is scheduled for late May.