Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2015.

Assessment

Florida may use Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL, WIDA Remote Screener, and WIDA Screener (for Grades 1-12) 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

12/28/20-3/26/21 WIDA AMS test setup available for editing student demographic information
1/8/21 Districts receive test materials
1/25/21-3/19/21 Test Window
1/8/21-3/12/21 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
2/8/21 Districts receive Pre-ID labels from 2nd Pre-ID upload
3/26/21 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 2021:
    • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
    • ACCESS for ELLs Paper
    • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
  • For the 2020-21 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 of 80% in order 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 2019 must recertify to administer during the Spring 2021 administration. If you passed the quizzes after the Spring 2019 administration, please contact your District or School Assessment Coordinator to determine whether recertification is required. 
  • School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators need to review the paper pencil related training modules in the WIDA Secure Portal.
  • Additional Florida-specific training webinars can be found behind the Download Library tile in the WIDA Secure Portal.

Florida Assessment Results and Rules

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 1-2, 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.

WIDA Remote Screener

  • Students in grades K-12 who are screened with the remote screener due to school closures will either qualify for ESOL services or require additional screening.
  • Please review the FL WIDA Remote Screener Policy to learn more about the Florida Department of Education's policies on remote test administration, scoring, and placement.

Standards and Instructional Support

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

Professional Learning

For the 2020-2021 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 eLearning Center. 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 contact sala@fldoe.org to sign up for the facilitated eWorkshop.

Self-paced eWorkshops

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