Comparing WIDA MODEL, ACCESS for ELLs, and W-APT

WIDA assessments are quite similar in format but they differ in several important ways.

Similarities across WIDA assessments

  WIDA MODEL, ACCESS for ELLs, & W-APT
Assessment Domains All four: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
Standards Addressed All five: Social and Instructional, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
Format of Kindergarten Test Individually administered and adaptive
Format of Speaking Test Individually administered and adaptive
Format of Listening and Reading Test Multiple choice
Format of Writing Test Constructed response
Item and Task Organization Grouped according to theme
Test Results Yield proficiency level scores of 1-6 on the WIDA scale (except for Kindergarten W-APT which results in scores of low, mid, high, or exceptional proficiency)

Differences among WIDA MODEL, ACCESS for ELLs, and W-APT

  ACCESS for ELLs W-APT WIDA MODEL
Purpose Annual assessment used to meet accountability requirements of No Child Left Behind for U.S. Consortium members (not available outside the U.S.) Identification of ELLs and program placement; typically administered only to new students Placement and/or interim assessment of ELP progress

May be used as annual assessment of ELP progress outside of U.S.
Administration time Approximately 2.5 hours (up to 45 minutes for Kindergarten) Up to 1 hour (depending on proficiency level of student) Approximately 1.5 hours (up to 45 minutes for Kindergarten)
Proficiency level (PL) coverage

Kindergarten: adaptive form measuring levels 1 through 5+

 

Grade 1-12: Three tiers, each covering 3 levels

Single form measuring English language proficiency levels 1 through 5+

Kindergarten: adaptive form measuring levels 1 through 5+

Grades 1-12: Listening and Reading tests are divided into Low, Mid, and High. Test administrator determines placement based on student performance in prior sections.

Level of security Secure, administered during annual test window for state Stored on-site under lock and key; may be administered at any time Stored on-site under lock and key; may be administered at any time
Administration procedures Kindergarten and Speaking Individually administered

Listening, Reading, Writing group-administered by tier within grade-level cluster
All individually administered Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Speaking, and Listening individually administered

Grades 3-12 allow small group administration (up to 5 students) within grade-level cluster for Reading and Writing
Scoring Speaking scored by administrator

Listening and Reading machine-scored; Writing scored by trained rater at MetriTech, Inc.
All domains scored by administrator on provided scoring sheets All domains scored by administrator on provided scoring sheets
Reporting Reports from MetriTech, Inc. Locally determined & managed Locally determined & managed
Speaking Three parts, 13 tasks total = up to 15 minutes Two parts, 8 tasks total = up to 10 minutes Two parts, 8 tasks total = up to 10 minutes
Listening 25 minutes up to 20 minutes up to 20 minutes
Reading 35 minutes up to 30 minutes up to 25 minutes
Writing 60 minutes 15 minutes up to 30 minutes