WIDA Assessments Comparison

Feature

WIDA ACCESS 2.0

WIDA Screener WIDA MODEL W-APT
Assessment Purpose Summative ELL
Test Meeting U.S.
Federal Reqs for
Annual Assessment
& Accountability for
ELLs under Title 1 (ESSA)
ELL Identification ELL Identification, Placement, Progress ELL Identification
Score Type Scale, Proficiency level Proficiency level Scale, Proficiency level Proficiency level1
Scores Composite & Domain Composite & Domain Composite & Domain Composite & Domain
Format
(P: Paper; O: Online)
P/O P/O P/O P
Level of Security; timing; scoring

P: Stored on-site under lock & key; only available around test window; scored centrally

 

O: Secure; administered during annual test window for WIDA states; scored centrally

P: Stored on-site under lock & key; administered year-round; scored locally

 

O: Secure; administered year-round; scored locally

P: Stored on-site under lock & key; administered year-round; scored locally

 

O: Secure; administered year-round; scored locally

P: Stored on-site under lock & key; administered year-round; scored locally

Kindergarten (P Only)   (P Only)
Grades 1-12
*Recomended Max Test
Time
P/O mins P/O mins P/O mins P mins

Reading

45/35 15/15 25/30 20

Listening

40/40 15/15 30/15 20

Writing

65/65 25/25 30/25 30

Speaking

30/30 10/10 15/15 10

Total

180/170 65/65 100/85 80
*Test Administration Individual or Small
Group
(P Speaking - indiv)
Individual (P) or Small Group Individual or Small
Group (P/O Speaking
- indiv)
Individual
Score Reports Individual/School/ District/State Individual

P: Individual

O: Indiv/Parent/ Roster

Individual

1 Kindergarten W-APT provides a raw score only
* Due to the adaptive nature of tests, test/mode options, and individual/small group administration of WIDA assessments, actual test administration times will vary considerably

Definitions

ELL Identification Test scores support decisions about whether a student may be an ELL and would benefit from English language support services or not.
ELL Placement Test scores support decisions about relative strengths and weaknesses in different language domains (listening, reading, speaking, writing), showing the profile of a student’s scores in the four domains. Abilities in the different domains may be meaningfully compared, helping inform instructional decisions.
ELL Progress Test scores support decisions about the improvement made by a student in her/his language proficiency over a period of time. Domain scale scores (listening, reading, speaking, writing) may be used as an indication of progress or growth (improvement) in a particular language domain over a period of time.
Scale Score
  • Raw score (number of questions the child got right) adjusted for item difficulty and placed on a standardized scale
  • Range of possible scores is 100–600 (100-400 for Kindergarten)
  • Can be compared across periods of time, between students, and across grades
  • Cannot be compared across domains, as each domain has a separate scale
Domain Score 4 language domain scores: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
Composite Score

Derived from domain scores
4 Composite Score Types:

  • Overall Composite Score
    • Includes Listening (15%), Speaking (15%), Reading (35%), Writing (35%)
  • Oral Language Composite Score
    • Includes Listening (50%) and Speaking (50%)
  • Literacy Composite Score
    • Includes Reading (50%) and Writing (50%)
  • Comprehension Composite Score
    • Includes Listening (30%) and Reading (70%)
Proficiency Level Score
  • Interprets student performance in terms of the 6 WIDA ELP levels
  • Is derived from the scale score (note that the interpretation of scale scores to proficiency level is grade specific, so the same scale score will translate to a different proficiency level score if the grade level is different)
  • At the domain level, proficiency scores can be used with the WIDA Can Do Descriptors to get a profile of the student’s English language performance
  • Informs targeted language instruction using the WIDA ELD Standards
  • Provides information to help determine program eligibility
Feature WIDA Screener1 WIDA MODEL W-APT
Assessment Purpose Admissions Placement, Progress Admissions
Score Type Proficiency level Scale, Proficiency level Proficiency level2
Scores Composite & Domain Composite & Domain Composite & Domain
Format
(P: Paper; O: Online)
P P/O P
Level of Security; timing; scoring

P: Stored on-site under lock & key; administered year-round; scored locally

 

O: Secure; administered year-round; scored locally

P: Stored on-site under lock & key; administered year-round; scored locally

 

O: Secure; administered year-round; scored locally

P: Stored on-site under lock & key; administered year-round; scored locally

Kindergarten (P Only)
Grades 1-12
*Recomended Max Test Time P mins P/O mins P mins

Reading

15 25/30 20

Listening

15 30/15 20

Writing

25 30/25 30

Speaking

10 15/15 10

Total

65 100/85 80
*Test Administration Individual (P) or Small Group Individual or Small Group (P/O Speaking - indiv) Individual
Score Reports Individual

P: Individual
O: Indiv/Parent/Roster

Individual

1 Coming soon
2 Kindergarten W-APT provides a raw score only

* Due to the adaptive nature of tests, test/mode options, and individual/small group administration of WIDA assessments, actual test administration times will vary considerably

Definitions

ELL Admissions Test scores support admission decisions by determining whether a student may be an ELL and would benefit from English language support services or not.
ELL Placement Test scores support decisions about relative strengths and weaknesses in different language domains (listening, reading, speaking, writing), showing the profile of a student’s scores in the four domains. Abilities in the different domains may be meaningfully compared, helping inform instructional decisions.
ELL Progress Test scores support decisions about the improvement made by a student in her/his language proficiency over a period of time. Domain scale scores (listening, reading, speaking, writing) may be used as an indication of progress or growth (improvement) in a particular language domain over a period of time.
Scale Score
  • Raw score (number of questions the child got right) adjusted for item difficulty and placed on a standardized scale
  • Range of possible scores is 100–600 (100-400 for Kindergarten)
  • Can be compared across periods of time, between students, and across grades
  • Cannot be compared across domains, as each domain has a separate scale
Domain Score 4 language domain scores: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
Composite Score Derived from domain scores
4 Composite Score Types:

  • Overall Composite Score
    • Includes Listening (15%), Speaking (15%), Reading (35%), Writing (35%)
  • Oral Language Composite Score
    • Includes Listening (50%) and Speaking (50%)
  • Literacy Composite Score
    • Includes Reading (50%) and Writing (50%)
  • Comprehension Composite Score
    • Includes Listening (30%) and Reading (70%)
Proficiency Level Score
  • Interprets student performance in terms of the 6 WIDA ELP levels
  • Is derived from the scale score (note that the interpretation of scale scores to proficiency level is grade specific, so the same scale score will translate to a different proficiency level score if the grade level is different)
  • At the domain level, proficiency scores can be used with the WIDA Can Do Descriptors to get a profile of the student’s English language performance
  • Informs targeted language instruction using the WIDA ELD Standards
  • Provides information to help determine program eligibility