WIDA/ELP Testing

WIDA is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners.

W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test™. This assessment tool, known as the "screener", is used by educators to measure the English language proficiency of students who have recently arrived in the U.S. or in a particular district. It can help to determine whether or not a child is in need of English language instructional services, and if so, at what level.

ACCESS for ELLs® 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 language learners.

Identification for ELP Students

W-APT criteria to classify 1-12 grade students as ELL is a composite score lower than a 5.0.

K-W-APT criteria for pre-K (no earlier than the May prior to entering Kindergarten) to first semester Kindergarten is combined listening and speaking raw score lower than a 29.

K-W-APT criteria for second semester Kindergarten and first semester 1st grade if the combined listening and speaking raw score is lower than a 19 the student is classified as ELL. If the student's Listening and Speaking combined raw score ranges from 19-28, the Reading and Writing portions need to be administered. If the Reading score is lower than an 11 and the Writing score is lower than a 12, the student is classified as ELL.

ACCESS Criteria

Students who receive a 4.7 or higher composite score with no lower than a 4.5 in the domain of reading and no lower than a 4.1 in the domain of writing on the ACCESS assessment will be considered proficient.

ACCESS Schedule
ACCESS Admin Manual, Kindergarten
ACCESS Admin Manual, 1-12
Standards for ELL-Gr Pre K-5
Standards for ELL-Gr Pre 6-12
W-APT Test Administration Manual (TAM)

ACCESS Test Administrator - Kindergarten Test NEW ACCESS Q & A 2015
ACCESS Test Administrator – Group Test and Speaking Test Powerpoint Presentation
ACCESS for Testing Coordinators  
ACCESS training for Grades 1-12 teachers ACCESS training, Kindergarten teachers

Home Language Survey Identify & Assist ELL Students
Language Acquisition Plan Testing Security Agreement/Affidavit
Testing Irregularity Form Medical Emergencies


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