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. Testing measures student learning against a standard or goal. In the case of WIDA assessments, test results describe student performance in terms of the WIDA ELD Standards and performance definitions.

In the U.S.

  • WIDA offers the ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments to WIDA Consortium members for annual testing.
  • Districts and schools may also use other WIDA assessments such as WIDA MODEL (an interim assessment to predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs) throughout the year.
  • WIDA Screener Online is available as a benefit to Consortium members while WIDA Screener Paper is available for purchase by Consortium members.

For more information about the assessments offered within your state, territory or agency, visit your member/state 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 WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL comparison chart.

WIDA assessments can be categorized into four purposes: identification, placement, progress and achievement. Some can serve more than one purpose.

Assessment Purposes

Identification

Test scores can support decisions about whether a student is an English language learner (ELL) and would benefit from English language support services. Identification assessments are typically given at the start of the school year or to new students.

Placement

Test scores can support decisions about placing students into appropriate classes for instruction. Scores that inform these placement decisions can come from assessments designed primarily for other purposes. Placement assessments are typically given prior to a period of instruction at any point within a school year.

Progress

Test scores can support decisions about instructional planning and show the progress students have made. In some cases, progress tests can be predictive of summative test results. Progress assessments are typically given at a set point in the school year or at the end of a period of instruction.

Achievement

Test scores can be used for accountability purposes and as benchmarks against which educators can measure future performance. Scores can also be used as a measure to make reclassification decisions about whether a student can exit English language support services. Student achievement is often measured with a summative assessment that is typically given at a set point in the school year, or at the end of a period of instruction.

WIDA Assessments

WIDA Screener

Purposes: Identification, Placement

Kindergarten W-APT

Purposes: Identification, Placement

  • Kindergarten W-APT
    Availability: WIDA Consortium (member benefit), WIDA International School Consortium (member benefit)

WIDA MODEL

Purposes: Identification, Placement, Progress

  • WIDA MODEL Online
    Availability: WIDA Consortium (member discount), WIDA International School Consortium (member discount), Any U.S.-Based State/District/School (for purchase)
  • WIDA MODEL Paper
    Availability: WIDA Consortium (member discount), WIDA International School Consortium (member discount), Any U.S.-Based State/District/School (for purchase)
  • WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten
    Availability: WIDA Consortium (member discount), WIDA International School Consortium (member discount), Any U.S.-Based State/District/School (for purchase)

ACCESS for ELLs

Purposes: Placement, Progress, Achievement