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Implementation Guide: WIDA ELD Standards Framework
Updated ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guide for Score Report
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2012 Amplification of the WIDA English Language Development Standards

The 2012 Amplification of the WIDA English Language Development Standards, Kindergarten-Grade 12, represented the social, instructional, and academic language students might need to engage with peers, educators, and the curriculum in schools. The 2012 Amplification included examples of how language could be processed or produced within a particular context through Model Performance Indicators (MPIs). MPIs were meant to be examples and not fixed guidelines of the language with which students may have engaged during instruction and assessment.

WIDA intends to fully retire the 2012 Amplification of the WIDA English Language Development Standards, Kindergarten-Grade 12. However, we recognize that all member SEAs have different timelines for implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition. With that in mind, the 2012 Amplification will remain in the Resource Library so that educators whose SEAs are still using it may access it as needed.

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ABCs of Family Engagement

This guide presents six key considerations for strengthening family engagement practices and building relationships with families.

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ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guide for Score Reports

This comprehensive document explains the types of scores reported by ACCESS for ELLs for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

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ACCESS for ELLs Parent Letters (multiple languages)

This letter, available in many languages, contains general information about ACCESS for ELLs and is meant to accompany ACCESS for ELLs score reports as an explanation for parents and guardians. It is provided in an editable format to allow districts and schools to include additional information regarding test administration dates and state policy.

 

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ACCESS for ELLs: Entendiendo el puntaje de su niño

Envíe este volante a los hogares con los estudiantes, junto con el Informe individual del estudiante de ACCESS for ELLs. Este folleto provee información sobre cada aspecto de la puntuación incluida en el informe. Utilice esta guía en español para ayudar a los padres a comprender qué significan las puntuaciones y cómo se utilizan.

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ACCESS Online Accommodations Checklist

A checklist for tracking the accommodations a student receives on ACCESS for ELLs Online.

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ACCESS Paper Accommodations Checklist

A checklist for tracking the accommodations a student receives for ACCESS for ELLs Paper.

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Accessibility and Accommodations Manual

This accessibility manual was developed to guide the selection and administration of Test Administration Considerations, Universal Tools, and Accommodations for individual English Language Learners (ELLs) in order to produce valid assessment results.

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Action Research: A catalyst for comprehensive teaching and learning in multilingual contexts

This WIDA Snapshot introduces classroom action research – when researchers and educators work together to address classroom challenges – by encouraging teachers to use their researcher voices to make meaningful contributions to the field, whether through collaborative or independent approaches.

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Administrator Supplement: WIDA ELD Standards Framework Implementation Guide

The Administrator Supplement is a companion piece to the Implementation Guide. Whereas the Implementation Guide explores ways to apply the ELD Standards Framework into curriculum and instruction at the classroom level, this Administrator Supplement focuses on strategic and programmatic aspects of standards implementation. Its audiences are superintendents, principals, directors, coordinators, coaches and those with similar responsibilities and roles.

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Adopting a Language-Focused Approach to Transitions Across PreK-3 Settings

This concept tool provides an overview of equitable, language-focused approaches to multilingual children’s transitions across programs, districts, schools and grade levels (PreK-K, K-1, 1-2 and 2-3).

See the Teaching in PreK-3 page for context.

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Alternate ACCESS Accommodations Checklist

Checklist for IEP teams to prepare for administration of Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.

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Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guide for Score Reports

This comprehensive document explains the types of scores reported by Alternate ACCESS for ELLs for students in Grades 1-12.

Disclaimer: The content in this document relates to the 2022-23 version of Alternate ACCESS. An updated version of this document will be released after the WIDA Alternate ACCESS standard setting, which takes place in summer 2024. To learn more about the redesigned Alternate ACCESS, peruse the WIDA Alternate ACCESS Updates webpage.

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Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Participation Decision Tree

This guide helps IEP teams determine if a student should take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment, or the ACCESS for ELLs (Online or Paper) with accommodations.

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Alternate ACCESS Sample Items

This document is intended to help Alternate ACCESS test administrators become familiar with features of the Alternate ACCESS assessment. One sample item is provided for each domain (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) so that test administrators can see how test items are formatted in each section. Only grade-level cluster 3-5 sample items are represented.

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Alternate ACCESS: Entendiendo el puntaje de su niño

Envíe este volante a los hogares con los estudiantes, junto con el Informe individual del estudiante de Alternate ACCESS. Este folleto provee información sobre cada aspecto de la puntuación incluida en el informe. Utilice esta guía en español para ayudar a los padres a comprender qué significan las puntuaciones y cómo se utilizan.

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Alternate Proficiency Level Descriptors

The Alternate Proficiency Level Descriptors (Alternate PLDs) are an extension of the PLDs found in the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards, 2020 Edition, and describe the continuum of language development for ELs with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The Alternate PLDs are organized into five levels of English language proficiency for two communication modes: interpretive and expressive. Refer to the Glossary and Text Examples section for definitions of terms and examples of student responses. WIDA, with the help of classroom educators, created these proficiency levels to be unique to WIDA Alternate ACCESS.

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American Indian English Language Learners

This WIDA Focus Bulletin explores the integral connection between language and culture for American Indian English Language Learners.

Published May 2014 
Authors: Rosalie Grant, Paula White, Julia Cortada, Sookweon Min

 

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Annual Technical Report for ACCESS for ELLs Online English Language Proficiency Test Series 601, 2022–2023 Administration

ACCESS for ELLs Online technical reports provide evidence for validity and reliability of ACCESS for ELLs Online and support intended uses, interpretations, and decision made with the test. This is the redacted report for the 2022-2023 administration of ACCESS for ELLs Online without item information.

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Annual Technical Report for ACCESS for ELLs Paper English Language Proficiency Test Series 601, 2022–2023 Administration

ACCESS for ELLs Paper technical reports provide evidence for validity and reliability of ACCESS for ELLs Paper and support intended uses, interpretations, and decision made with the test. This is the redacted report for the 2022-2023 administration of ACCESS for ELLs Paper without item information.

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