Choosing an Assessment

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Assessments that meet your needs

WIDA offers a comprehensive suite of assessment programs, each built on a foundation of strong research and anchored in the WIDA Standards Framework.

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 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 products for your school, consider the needs of your local context, including the purpose for testing, available technology and scheduling needs.
  • Not all WIDA products and assessments are available internationally.

WIDA’s assessments can be categorized into identification, placement, progress and summative. Some may serve more than one purpose.

WIDA Assessment Categories

Identification

These are typically used at the start of the school year or with new students. Scores support your decisions about whether a student may be an ELL and would benefit from English language support services.

Placement

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

Progress

These 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.

Summative

These are typically used during or at the end of a period of instruction. Scores evaluate student learning towards a certain standard or goal; in this case, by describing student performance in terms of the WIDA ELD Standards and performance definitions.

Assessments to identify and place multilingual learners

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

Assessments to measure and determine progress toward English language development

Product Attributes ACCESS for ELLs Online ACCESS for ELLs Paper Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Alternate ACCESS for ELLs WIDA MODEL Online WIDA MODEL Paper WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten
Purpose
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Summative
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Summative
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Summative
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Summative
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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.
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Kindergarten
Audience
U.S.
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Test Administration
Individual
Small Group
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Individual
Individual
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Individual
Total Test Time 170 minutes 185 minutes 60 minutes 80 minutes 105 minutes 100 minutes 30 minutes
Scoring
Centrally
Locally
Centrally
Locally
Centrally
Locally
Centrally
Locally
Locally
Locally
Score Type
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
Chart
Scale
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Proficiency Level
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Scale
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Proficiency Level
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Proficiency Level
Score Reports
Individual
Roster
School
District
State
Individual
Roster
School
District
State
Individual
Roster
School
District
State
Individual
Roster
School
District
State
Individual
Roster
Parent/Guardian
Individual
Individual
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Get resources specific to your state

State-specific contact information and additional testing resources for WIDA Consortium members.

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Find resources for international schools

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