English Learner Assessments

ACCESS Webinar Schedule
ACCESS for ELLs Assessment Roadshow 2018-2019


South Dakota is a part WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners. WIDA provides South Dakota with language proficiency assessments for grades K-12.

Kindergarten W-APT

WIDA provides South Dakota with language proficiency assessments Grades K-12. One of the assessments provided by WIDA, known as the “screener,” W-APT, that stands for WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test™. This test is used by educators to measure the English language proficiency of students who have indicated another language other than English on a home language survey. The Kindergarten W-APT helps educators determine whether or not a child is in need of English language instructional services, and if so, at what proficiency level.

WIDA Screener Online NEW!

Beginning in school year 2017-18, the WIDA Screener Online will be replacing the Grades 1-12 W-APT. The Grades 1-12 W-APT will no longer be supported. The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1-12 to assist educators with the identification of students as English learners (EL). The purpose of this assessment is to help educators make decisions about whether a student is deemed eligible for EL services. The WIDA Screener Online is flexible and on-demand. For more information please visit: https://www.wida.us/assessment/Screener/

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0® stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners. This large-scale test addresses the academic English language proficiency (ELP) standards at the core of the WIDA Consortium's approach to instructing and evaluating the progress of English learners. ACCESS for ELLs is taken annually by identified English learners to measure their English proficiency. The South Dakota Department of Education requires ELs in Grades 1-12 be administered the online version except in cases where online testing is not allowed. There are many benefits to the online testing, increased student engagement through the more dynamic testing experience, built-in accommodations, and accessibility features appropriate, to name a few. With the online version, multiple grades can be administered and finally, increased ease for TAs, who will no longer need to administer and score the Speaking test one-on-one. Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs continues to be paper-based and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will remain the same. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 paper-based assessment will be available for districts that are not allowed online testing. The paper-based version will also be available as an accommodation.

Testing Vendor

- Data Recognition Corporation will serve as the operational test vendor for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, both online and paper.

Grade Level Clusters 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12

Identification and Exit Criteria for ELs
Home Language Survey Identification Criteria for ELs Exit Criteria information

Technology Requirements
Technology Coordinator Checklist Technology User Guide
Recommendations for Headset Specifications FAQ’s about Technology for ACCESS for ELL’s 2.0
Supported System Requirements for WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Technology Page

2017-18 WIDA Screener Training Requirements New Student Upload Process
Where do I download translated Student Individual Reports Where do I find Sample Letters to Accompany Score Reports
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Testing Schedule ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Update
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administration Manual ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars/ Q & A Sessions 2016-17
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Accessibility and Accommodations Descriptions
WIDA booklet 2012 Standards Understanding the WIDA Website and WIDA AMS
District and School Test Coordinator Manual WIDA Frequently Asked Questions
WIDA AMS (Assessment Management System) WIDA Website
WIDA Screener Webinar Schedule - Fall 2018  

ACCESS: ADD New Student(s) Template ACCESS: Additional Material Order Template
Home Language Survey Identify & Assist ELL Students
Language Acquisition Plan Medical Emergencies Form

WIDA EL Assessment Newsletters
November 2017 Newsletter
December 2017 Newsletter


For more information, contact Yutzil Becker, (605) 773-4698 at the Department of Education.