FAQs: Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

Does WIDA have an alternate screener test for students with significant cognitive disabilities?

No, there is not an alternate screener at this time. If a student is identified as an English Language Learner using the home language survey, the student's IEP team should determine if the student is able to take W-APT with accommodations. If the student is unable to take W-APT with accommodations, the IEP team should check to see if the student meets the Participation Criteria to take Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.

What is Alternate ACCESS for ELLs?

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an English language proficiency assessment designed for English language learners who have significant cognitive disabilities. The assessment measures English language proficiency in all four language domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).

Is Alternate ACCESS for ELLs available for kindergarten students?

No, currently Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is available for grades 1-12. WIDA is working to create a Kindergarten form for future versions of the assessment.

For whom is Alternate ACCESS for ELLs intended?

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is intended to serve a percentage of English language learners (1-3%) who have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in ACCESS for ELLs. It is NOT intended for students that can participate in ACCESS for ELLs with accommodations. For further guidance, please see the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs participation criteria.