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English Language Proficiency Assessments

The Zoom at Noon

OSPI is bringing back Lunch with Leslie for the 2022-23 school year. This is an opportunity on Mondays at noon for districts to hear updates from OSPI, ask questions about WIDA assessments, or find out how other 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. Click the links below to join.

Lunch with Leslie Zoom

Contact Information

360-725-6338

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 (link is external). 

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

ELP Annual Assessments

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 ELP Screener

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.

Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment

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.

Resources

ELP Assessment Updates