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Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment

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OSPI adopted with WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELL in 2018 to assess the language proficiency for English Learners (ELs) with the most significant cognitive disabilities. You'll find information to support schools and districts in administering the assessment including key dates, resources, and training.

Important Dates

Testing Window: January 31, March 25

Pre-Identification: December 13, 2021 (Please note that pre-identification for this test happens in the Washington Assessment Management System, more commonly known as WAMS).

Testing Materials arrive in district: Two weeks before testing

Additional Materials Order Window: Two weeks before testing begins to one week before testing ends  

  • Note: each district has ONE order of "additional" materials before associated costs are assumed

Materials Return: One week after close of window 

  • Note: materials must be picked up by the courier on or before the last day to ship.



All Test Administrators for the WIDA Alternate ACCESS are required to complete TA training annually. Training is available on the WIDA Secure Portal under Assessment Training. 

WIDA Non Disclosure Agreement is required for all staff involved in WIDA Alternate ACCESS test administration or training.