Assessments for English Language Learners

W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. This assessment tool, known as a “screener”, used by educators to measure the English language proficiency to help to determine whether or not a child is in need of English language instructional services.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is an English language proficiency assessment administered annually to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). ACCESS:

  • Helps students and families understand students’ current level of English language proficiency along the developmental continuum.
  • Serves as one of multiple measures used to determine whether students are prepared to exit English language support programs.
  • Generates information that assists in determining whether ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support.
  • Provides teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance instruction and learning in programs for their English language learners.
  • Provides districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs.
  • Meets, and exceeds, federal requirements for the monitoring and reporting of ELLs’ progress toward English language proficiency.

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