Choosing an Assessment

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Assessments that meet your needs

WIDA offers a comprehensive suite of assessments, each built on a foundation of strong research and anchored in the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards.

In the U.S.

  • WIDA offers the ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments to WIDA Consortium members for annual testing.
  • Members may also elect to use other WIDA assessments such as WIDA MODEL (an interim assessment to predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs) throughout the year.

For more information about the assessments offered in your state or territory, visit your member page.

Internationally

  • When choosing the best WIDA resources for your school, consider the needs of your local context, including the purpose for testing, available technology and scheduling needs.
  • WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL are available to members of the WIDA International School Consortium.

For more information about the assessments offered internationally, see the charts below.

WIDA assessments can be categorized into one or more types: identification, placement, progress and summative. Some can serve more than one purpose. See the categories and charts below.

WIDA Assessment Categories

Identification

These assessments are typically used at the start of the school year or with new students. Scores support educators' decisions about whether a student is an English language learner (ELL) and would benefit from English language support services.

Placement

These assessments are typically used at the start of the school year or with new students. Scores support your decisions about placing students into appropriate classes or groups for instruction. Making informed placement decisions requires more information about the student (and thus, a longer test) than identification alone.

Progress

These assessments are typically used during, or at the end of a period of instruction. Scores support decisions about instructional planning and placement, and show the progress students have made in their language proficiency over a period of time. In some cases, progress tests can be predictive of summative test results.

Summative

These assessments are typically used during or at the end of a period of instruction. Scores measure student learning towards a standard or goal. In the case of WIDA assessments, scores describe student performance in terms of the WIDA ELD Standards and performance definitions.

Assessments to identify and place multilingual learners

Product Attributes Kindergarten W-APT WIDA Screener Online WIDA Screener Paper WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten WIDA MODEL Online WIDA MODEL Paper
Purpose
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Identification
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Identification
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Identification
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Identification
Placement
Progress
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Identification
Placement
Progress
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Identification
Placement
Progress
Audience
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Kindergarten
Audience
U.S.
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Grades 1-12
Test Administration
Individual
Individual
Small Group
Individual
Small Group
Individual
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Total Test Time 30 minutes 80 minutes 85 minutes 45 minutes 105 minutes 100 minutes
Scoring
Locally
Locally
Locally
Locally
Locally
Locally
Score Type
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Raw Score
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Proficiency Level
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Proficiency Level
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Proficiency Level
Chart
Scale
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Proficiency Level
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Scale
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Proficiency Level
Score Reports
Individual
Individual
Individual
Individual
Individual
Roster
Parent/Guardian
Individual

Assessments to measure and determine progress toward English language development

Product Attributes WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten WIDA MODEL Online WIDA MODEL Paper Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs ACCESS for ELLs Online ACCESS for ELLs Paper Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
Purpose
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Identification
Placement
Progress
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Identification
Placement
Progress
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Identification
Placement
Progress
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Summative
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Summative
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Summative
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Summative
Audience
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Kindergarten
Audience
U.S.
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Grades 1-12
Test Administration
Individual
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Individual
Individual
Small Group
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Individual
Total Test Time 45 minutes 105 minutes 100 minutes 45 minutes 170 minutes 180 minutes 80 minutes
Scoring
Locally
Locally
Locally
Locally
Centrally
Centrally
Locally
Centrally
Locally
Centrally
Score Type
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Proficiency Level
Chart
Scale
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Proficiency Level
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Scale
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Proficiency Level
Chart
Scale
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Proficiency Level
Chart
Scale
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Proficiency Level
Chart
Scale
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Proficiency Level
Chart
Scale
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Proficiency Level
Score Reports
Individual
Individual
Roster
Parent/Guardian
Individual
Individual
Roster
School
District
State
Individual
Roster
School
District
State
Individual
Roster
School
District
State
Individual
Roster
School
District
State
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Get resources specific to your state

State-specific contact information and additional testing resources, including the ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, for WIDA Consortium members.

Submit State Selection
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Find resources for international schools

Information about assessments and other benefits available to WIDA International School Consortium members.