WIDA ACCESS is the state-mandated English Language Proficiency assessment for English learners in grades K-12 in Indiana. The purpose of the assessment is to determine a student’s level of English proficiency. The WIDA ACCESS assessment replaced the LAS Links assessment since the school year 2014-15. ACCESS consists of 3 major components, the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT), ACCESS for ELLs, and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.
WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)
The WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) is an English proficiency screening test which is administered upon a student’s enrollment in school. The purpose of the assessment to determine which English Learner (EL) services are appropriate for the student.
W-APT test items are written from the model performance indicators of WIDA's five English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards: Social & Instructional Language, Language of Language Arts, Language of Mathematics, Language of Science and Language of Social Studies.
The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is an annual assessment which is administered in January and February to determine a student's current level of English proficiency. The results of the annual assessment is also used for school accountability purposes. The criteria for fluent English proficiency used in Indiana is Overall Composite Proficiency Level of 5.0 or higher.
ACCESS test items are written from the model performance indicators of WIDA's five English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards: Social & Instructional Language, Language of Language Arts, Language of Mathematics, Language of Science and Language of Social Studies.
WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Testing Modes
WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will be online for grades 1
though 12 this school year except the writing test for grades 1-5. This means
that English learners in grades 1 through 12 will be taking the test using a
computer. The Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessments will not
change from previous year and remain paper-based.
Test Sample Items
WIDA has provided some ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 sample test
items to show educators, students, parents/guardians, and the general public
the test content and language demands that may be found on the actual ACCESS
for ELLs 2.0 test. Please visit the link below to review the sample test items.
A generic username and password will be displayed on the login page for you to
In Indiana, English learners must obtain
composite/overall English proficiency of 5.0 or higher to be considered as
fluent English proficient. English learners who obtained composite/overall
English proficiency of 5.0 or higher in spring 2016 will NOT need to participate in WIDA ACCESS for ELLs spring 2017.
However, the school still must monitor the student’s academic progress for two
To learn more about ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, visit the WIDA website below:
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) for students
in grades 1-12 who are classified as English language learners (ELLs) and have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs assessment. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB; 2001) requires that all students identified as ELLs be assessed annually for English language proficiency, including students who receive special education services.
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs aligns with the WIDA Alternate English Language Proficiency levels. These levels were designed to expand upon Level P1 - Entering, by increasing the sensitivity of the measure for students who have significant cognitive disabilities.
The WIDA ACCESS 2.0 assessment is designed with built-in universal design tools available for all English learners to show what they know at their best through the assessment. In addition, a few special accommodations for English learners with disabilities. More information about the accommodations is outlined in the WIDA Assessment Guidance 2016-2017 (Indiana Department of Education) found at:
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