Accessibility and Accommodations

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WIDA is committed to providing assessments that best measure academic English language proficiency. WIDA recognizes that all students must be assessed in a valid and reliable manner in order to gain meaningful results from WIDA's English language proficiency assessment suite. This includes, to the extent practicable, students with disabilities.

Our Approach

WIDA's approach to assessment is rooted in the understanding that:

  • English language learners (ELLs) have diverse learning needs and styles
  • All ELLs are capable of making progress toward English language proficiency
  • ELLs must acquire discipline-specific language practices that enable them to produce, interpret and effectively collaborate on content-related, grade-appropriate tasks

WIDA provides guidelines for how to best support students taking ACCESS for ELLs through the Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement. WIDA developed the supplement to help educators understand and use the test administration considerations, universal tools, and accommodations for individual ELLs in order to produce valid assessment results.

WIDA guidelines do not replace or amend state specific policies of English language proficiency tests. Please refer to your state’s page for details.

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Accessibility and Accommodations Framework

WIDA designed its accessibility and accommodation framework to ensure:

  • Application of effective linguistic scaffolding and Universal Design principals to the development of test items
  • Availability of flexible administrative considerations and universal tools for all students
  • Purposeful design and delivery of accommodations for students with disabilities

Modifications, by definition, are not allowed on language proficiency testing, as they change what the test measures.

Resources for Educators

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A guide for district and school staff to use as they prepare for and implement ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Screener
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An overview of the principles that influenced the design of the WIDA Accessibility and Accommodations Framework
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WIDA provides sample IEP checklists for each of the assessments in the ACCESS for ELLs suite.