Focus school: International School Ho Chi Minh City - American Academy

International School Ho Chi Minh City - American Academy (ISHCMC-AA) is an American international secondary school with around 430 students and 40 teachers. Approximately 95% of our students are Vietnamese. Our teachers primarily come from the United States; while others come from the countries of Canada, South Africa, India, Colombia, Ireland, Scotland, and England. Students here span a wide range of English proficiency from beginning to native-like proficiency.

Why did you decide to join the WIDA global network?

We decided to join the WIDA global network because of a need for English language proficiency assessments (WIDA Screener for admissions and WIDA MODEL for measuring growth) as well as language standards for addressing academic language growth in content area classes.

How has working with WIDA impacted teaching and learning at your school?

Using the WIDA tests and standards has helped us to track growth in student language development over time, place students of need into language intensive courses, and implement language standards.

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