WIDA MODEL

Assessments designed to measure students' progress in English language development

WIDA MODEL (Measure of Developing English Language) is a suite of English language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12. As a flexible, on-demand language proficiency assessment, MODEL can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the needs of the district, school, teacher or student.

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Features

WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten is available only as a paper-based test. WIDA MODEL (Grades 1-12) is available in both online and paper modes.

MODEL test items are written to WIDA's five English Language Development (ELD) standards:

  • Social & Instructional Language
  • Language of Language Arts
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Language of Science
  • Language of Social Studies

Test forms are divided into five grade-level clusters:

  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1–2
  • Grades 3–5
  • Grades 6–8
  • Grades 9–12

Each form assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

As an adaptive test, MODEL allows flexible placement within sections of the test, based on student performance. The Listening and Reading domains consist of multiple-choice questions. The Writing and Speaking domains consist of performance tasks administered and scored by local Test Administrators.

Purpose and Use

MODEL can be used to:

  • Serve as an interim assessment during the school year, providing information that informs instructional planning and other decisions related to students' education
  • Determine tier placement on ACCESS for ELLs Paper, the annual language proficiency assessment used for accountability purposes
  • Guide instructional and curricular decisions while waiting for ACCESS for ELLs score reports

Some schools use Kindergarten MODEL as an alternative to Kindergarten W-APT for identification or placement of incoming Kindergarten students.

Scores

WIDA MODEL Paper and Online scores* are reported as both scale scores and proficiency level scores in all four domains (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) for students in Grades 1-12. In addition, score reports include three composite scores:

  • Oral Language
    • 50% Listening
    • 50% Speaking
  • Literacy
    • 50% Reading
    • 50% Writing
  • Overall
    • 35% Reading
    • 35% Writing
    • 15% Listening
    • 15% Speaking

Proficiency level scores from WIDA MODEL can be used in conjunction with WIDA Can Do Descriptors and the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework to help teachers effectively plan instruction for their ELLs.

*Scale scores are not reported for Kindergarten MODEL.

Test Comparison

Product Attributes WIDA MODEL Online WIDA MODEL Paper WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten
Purpose
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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
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Grades 1-12
Audience
U.S.
Audience
International
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Test Administration
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Individual
Small Group
Speaking Domain - Individual
Individual
Total Test Time 105 minutes 100 minutes 30 minutes
Scoring
Locally
Locally
Locally
Score Type
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
Parent/Guardian
Individual
Individual
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Online

WIDA MODEL Online

WIDA MODEL Online is an on-demand English language proficiency assessment for students in Grades 1-12. The assessment can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the needs of the district, school, teacher or student.

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Paper

WIDA MODEL Paper

WIDA MODEL Paper is an on-demand English Language proficiency assessment for students in Grades 1-12. The assessment can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the district, school, teacher or student’s needs.

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Paper

WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten

WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten is an academic English language proficiency assessment. As a flexible, on-demand language proficiency assessment, this test can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the needs of the district, school, teacher or student.

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August 2017 Featured Educator: Monica Cortada

"I think it is worthwhile to set goals with the students and share with them the growth that you see.  I talk to them about the assessments we use and always make sure to celebrate the small steps along the way with both the students and their parents.  For example, last year we used the WIDA MODEL as part of our on-going writing assessment. I like to share the results of WIDA MODEL, along with other writing samples I collect throughout the year to show students how much their writing is growing."