Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2015.

Assessment

Florida may use Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL, and WIDA Screener (for Grades K-12) to identify English language learners (ELLs). ACCESS for ELLs must be administered to all ELLs during the yearly testing window, which typically takes place from late January through late March.

Testing Dates

11/12/21 FDOE loads Pre-ID file (survey 2) into WIDA AMS
12/27/21-3/25/22 WIDA AMS test setup available for editing student demographic information
1/4/22 Districts load 2nd Pre-ID file via FDOE ShareFile
1/6/22 Districts receive test materials
1/6/22-3/11/22 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/24/22-3/18/22 Test Window
2/3/22 Districts receive Pre-ID labels from 2nd Pre-ID upload
3/25/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC

Requirements and Resources

See below for Florida-specific information and resources related to ELL assessment, including the ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, where you can find each step in the testing process from beginning to end. If you have been asked to complete WIDA online training activities but do not believe you have a login, please contact your District or School Assessment Coordinator.

ACCESS for ELLs Checklist 

State Testing Requirements

  • All students enrolled in the district (Grades K-12) and classified ELL, with a code of "LY" on the 1st day of the test administration window, must take one of the following English language proficiency assessments in Spring 2022:
    • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
    • ACCESS for ELLs Paper
    • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
  • For the 2021-22 school year, Florida's ELLs will continue to take ACCESS for ELLs Paper.

Test Preparation and Training

  • Test Administrators must take the training module quizzes and receive a passing score to administer the assessments. Log in to the WIDA Secure Portal to access training courses and quizzes.
  • Test Administrators with training certificates prior to July 2020 must recertify to administer during the Spring 2022 administration. If you passed the quizzes after the Spring 2020 administration, please contact your district or school assessment coordinator to determine whether recertification is required. 
  • School assessment coordinators and test administrators need to review:
    • Paper pencil related training modules in the WIDA Secure Portal, as directed in FL's ACCESS for ELLs Checklist.
    • Florida-specific manuals and training webinars that are located behind the Download Library tile in the WIDA Secure Portal.
    • State-Specific Directions and print hardcopies of Florida's agreements, forms, testing signs, and student planning sheets for the Spring 2022 ACCESS for ELLs administration.

Florida Assessment Results and Rules

State Results

  • Spring 2021 ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs State Results
  • Spring 2020 ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs State Results - February 2021
    • Note: The revised Spring 2020 ACCESS for ELLs State Results includes updated reporting for districts who were unable to return test materials due to COVID-19 and school closures. The state's ACCESS for ELLs proficient percentage of 21% did not change; however, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs changed from 51% to 50%.
  • Spring 2020 ACCESS for ELLs Paper and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs State Results
  • Spring 2019 ACCESS for ELLs Paper and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs State Results
  • Spring 2018 ACCESS for ELLs Paper and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs State Results
  • Spring 2017 ACCESS for ELLs Paper and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs State Results
  • Spring 2016 ACCESS for ELLs Paper and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs State Results

State Board of Education Rules

  • Rule 6A-6.0902, FAC, Requirements for Identification, Eligibility and Programmatic Assessments of English Language Learners
  • Rule 6A-6.09021, FAC, Annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELLs
  • Rule 6A-6.0903, FAC, Requirements for Exiting English Language Learners from the English for Speakers of Other Language Program

Florida Proficiency Criteria for WIDA Identification Assessments

WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL (Online or Paper)

  • For students in grades K-2, a Listening score of 4 or higher and a Speaking score of 4 or higher means proficiency.
  • For students in grades 3-12, an Overall Composite score of 4 or higher and a Reading score of 4 or higher means proficiency.

Kindergarten W-APT

  • For students in kindergarten, a raw score of 27 in Listening and Speaking means proficiency.

Florida's Guidance for WIDA Identification Assessments

Standards and Instructional Support

For more information about Florida standards, course descriptions and standards resources, please visit the CPALMS website.

Professional Learning

For the 2021-2022 school year, WIDA is offering facilitated professional development opportunities that are available via the WIDA Secure Portal. In addition, educators in Florida have access to WIDA's self-paced eWorkshops. All eWorkshops are free and available in the WIDA Secure Portal. For more information regarding the content and schedule of the eWorkshop training modules, please review the following document.

Florida's WIDA Workshops

Facilitated eWorkshops

To attend a facilitated eWorkshop, a list of participants and email addresses are due two weeks before the eWorkshop start date. Please complete the registration form to sign up for the facilitated eWorkshop.

Self-paced eWorkshops

Attend a self-paced eWorkshop when it works for your schedule! If you do not have access to the WIDA Secure Portal but would like to take advantage of these valuable eLearning opportunities, contact WIDA Client Services Center at help@wida.us or (866) 276-7735 to request an eLearning account to be created for you.

Contacts

Contact the Florida Department of Education for questions related to state-specific policies and procedures.

Sabrina Read
Florida ACCESS Manager
(850) 245-0843
Sabrina.Read@fldoe.org

WIDA Client Services Center
Contact us for questions about training materials, test administration procedures, classroom resources, or for problems with your WIDA Secure Portal account.

help@wida.us
(866) 276-7735

Logging In

WIDA Secure Portal
Access the WIDA Secure Portal for test training manuals and resources, as well as Online Professional Learning modules.

  • To obtain a new login, contact your District or School Assessment Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Sabrina Read at sabrina.read@fldoe.org.
  • Have an account but forgot your password or having trouble logging in? Go to our password reset page

WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS)
WIDA AMS is managed by our partner company Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). Depending on your role, you can order ACCESS for ELLs test materials, manage student and test information, and find technology resources and testing software for WIDA Screener Online via WIDA AMS.

  • To obtain a new login, contact your District or School Assessment Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Sabrina Read at sabrina.read@fldoe.org.
  • Have an account but forgot your password or having trouble logging in? Go to our password reset page