Developing the next generation of Language Proficiency Assessment


WIDA offers or is developing the following assessments and related resources:

  • ACCESS for ELLs: The WIDA Consortium's secure, No Child Left Behind-compliant assessment of English language proficiency, now administered to over 900,000 students annually.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: In 2015-16, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will replace the paper-based version of ACCESS for ELLs with a computer-based, secure annual summative assessment of the developing social and academic English language proficiency of English language learners in Grades 1 through 12. 

  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: An equitable English language proficiency assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities, administered in 16 WIDA consortium states for the first time in Spring 2012.

  • W-APT: WIDA's original placement test used to identify and place students in program support. Available as a free download for Consortium members or as a package of master files for non-Consortium members.

  • WIDA MODEL: A series of box kit assessments of English language proficiency that can be used as an interim benchmark assessment once or twice during the school year to monitor growth. Grades 1-12 test kits also contain a screener form of the test for support in program placement decisions. Available for purchase by any school worldwide.

  • Comparing WIDA Assessments: Offers at-a-glance comparisons of the WIDA MODEL, ACCESS for ELLs, and the W-APT.

  • WIDA PODER: An assessment aligned to the WIDA Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards that can be administered at any time during the school year to measure students' progress in acquiring academic Spanish.

  • ASSETS Grant: WIDA is the project management partner of the 28-state ASSETS Consortium, a collaboration designed to create an innovative technology-based assessment system supporting English language learners. The system will be operational in 2015-16.

  • FLARE Grant: Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to develop and validate a formative assessment system for English language learners (ELLs) at the secondary level. Quality, ongoing feedback from these assessments will help teachers and students target learning objectives and thus accelerate student's progress toward the goals of language proficiency and post-secondary academic success.

  • Content Learning and Assessment: WIDA’s Department of Content Learning and Assessment (CLA) develops and investigates innovative and accessible content assessments and related resources that support teaching and learning at the classroom, interim, and summative levels. We also write conceptual and research papers and articles and present findings at national meetings and conferences.

    Check out our blog entries on common assessments and using rubrics and checklists for classroom assessment. blogger icon