Join us on Mondays at noon for our Lunch with Leslie meetings! This is a time to ask questions about WIDA assessments and discover how districts are approaching testing processes. This is a casual opportunity for collaboration and information sharing and any district staff involved with ELP assessments are welcome to attend.
English Language Proficiency Assessments
Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to assess the English language proficiency of students receiving English language development (ELD) services at school. Washington State uses the WIDA consortium assessments to measure English proficiency for these students. WIDA assessments are based on WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition. Washington State began administering the WIDA ACCESS as the annual assessment in the 2021-22 school year.
For additional information regarding the WIDA consortium please visit the consortium's website.
Quick Start Guide
OSPI has created a WIDA Quick Start Guide to help districts get a better understanding of WIDA systems and assessments.
2022 Summative Testing Window
January 30 to March 24, 2023
The WIDA ACCESS assessment is an online annual assessment given to all students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services. The annual assessment measures students' English language proficiency, both knowledge and skills, in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students remain eligible to continue receiving ELD services.
The WIDA Screener is used to determine initial eligibility for ELD services. Like the WIDA ACCESS assessment, this is an online assessment that measures proficiency in the four language domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This test is typically administered to potential English learners upon initial enrollment in a Washington school.
The WIDA Kindergarten Screener is a paper-based assessment used to determine initial eligibility for ELD services for in-coming kindergarten students. This test measures a student's English language proficiency across the four language domains for reading, speaking, writing, and listening. This test is typically administered to potential English learners upon initial enrollment in a Washington school.
OSPI has adopted with WIDATM Alternate ACCESS for ELLs to assess the language proficiency for English Learners (ELs) with the most significant cognitive disabilities. This assessment is a paper-based assessment and measures the four language domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students who are eligible for this test, sit for the test annually.
- WIDA Members List
- WIDA's Can Do Descriptors
- Overview of Annual ELP Assessment Activities This document lays out a number of the annual activities associated with administering ELP assessments in WA.
ELP Assessment Updates
- May 19, 2022 ELP Assessment Update
- March 24, ELP Assessment Update
- March 11, ELP Assessment Update
- February 25, ELP Assessment Update
- February 4, ELP Assessment Update
- January 26, 2022 ELP Assessment Update
- January 4, 2022 ELP Assessment Update
- December 12, 2021 ELP Assessment Update
- November 22, 2021 ELP Assessment Update
- October 29, 2021 ELP Assessment Update
- October 5, 2021 ELP Assessment Update
- September 20, 2021 ELP Assessment Update
- September 15, 2021 ELP Assessment Update
- September 3, 2021 ELP Assessment Update
- August 5, 2021 ELP Assessment Update
- July 23, 2021 ELP Assessment Update