Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2015.

Assessment

Florida may use Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL, 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

11/21/18 SEA Loads Pre-ID File into AMS
12/31/18-3/29/19 WIDA AMS test setup available for editing student demographic information
1/11/19 Load second round of Pre-ID files into AMS
1/11/19 Districts receive test materials
1/28/19-3/22/19 Test Window
1/11/19-3/15/19 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
2/11/19 Districts receive Pre-ID labels from second Pre-ID upload
3/29/19 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
TBD Districts receive reports – Online
TBD Districts receive reports – Printed

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 Test Coordinator.

ACCESS for ELLs Checklist State-Specific Directions

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 2019:
    • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
    • ACCESS for ELLs Paper
    • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
  • For the 2018-19 school year, Florida's ELLs will continue to take ACCESS for ELLs Paper.
  • Test Coordinators and Administrators must complete trainings provided by WIDA and the Florida Department of Education in order to deliver ACCESS for ELLs Paper. WIDA provides all training materials through web-based modules and online resources. If you have been asked to complete WIDA online training activities but do not believe you have a login, please contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators need to review the paper pencil related training modules in the WIDA Secure Portal.

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 2017 must recertify to administer during the Spring 2019 administration. If you passed the quizzes after the Spring 2017 administration, please contact your District Test Coordinator to determine whether recertification is required. 

Assessment Resources

Florida Testing Forms

Florida Accommodations Selection Form

Florida Testing Signs

Student Planning Sheet for Test Administration

Florida Assessment Results and Rules

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

Standards and Instructional Support

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

Professional Learning

The following document contains 2018-19 WIDA workshops for Florida educators. Please contact sala@fldoe.org for questions and additional information.

Florida's WIDA Workshops

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 the WIDA Client Services Center 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
M-F 8am-5pm CT (Apr-Oct)
M-Th 7am-7pm CT, Fri 7am-5pm CT (Nov-Mar)

Logging In

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

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.