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 Grades K-12. As a flexible, on-demand language proficiency assessment, WIDA MODEL can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the needs of the district, school, teacher or student. Scores can be used to predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs.

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Features

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

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

Tests are divided into five grade-level clusters:

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

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

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
  • Predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs and/or guide instructional and curricular decisions while waiting for ACCESS for ELLs score reports
  • Determine tier placement on ACCESS for ELLs

Scores

WIDA MODEL scores are reported for all four domains (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing). 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

Assessments in the WIDA MODEL Suite

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WIDA MODEL Online

WIDA MODEL Online is an English language proficiency assessment for students in Grades 1-12. As a flexible, on-demand assessment, this test can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the needs of the district, school, teacher or student. Scores from WIDA MODEL Online can be used to predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs.

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Paper

WIDA MODEL Paper

WIDA MODEL Paper is an English Language proficiency assessment for students in Grades 1-12. As a flexible, on-demand assessment, this test can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the needs of the district, school, teacher or student. Scores from WIDA MODEL Paper can be used to predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs.

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Paper

WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten

WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten (Kindergarten MODEL) is a flexible, on-demand English language proficiency assessment. The 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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State-specific contact information and additional testing resources, including the ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, for WIDA Consortium members.

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Featured Educator

"With my Kindergarteners I definitely use the screener results as a start. The MODEL screener always comes in handy because it gives us like a snapshot of what the student is going to need me to focus on. When we know their speaking levels, their listening levels, and so on that helps us plan for instruction."

Sandy Moller, ELL/Bilingual Teacher
Morton Grove, Illinois

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