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Annual Assessment for Student Qualified for English Language Learning Program

Multilingual learners in Washington state are screened and tested annually using WIDA Assessments. Washington is part of the 41-state agency WIDA Consortium that promotes educational equity for multilingual learners through language development standards, assessments, and high-quality professional learning for P-12 educators.

Family Resources about WIDA Assessments:

Sarah Danielson
Executive Director of Student Intervention

Frequently Asked Questions

When will my child test?
The window for WIDA ACCESS testing is February-March each school year.  Each year your child continues to qualify for English language development services with our ELL program, they will take this assessment to measure their English language progress.

What is tested on this assessment?
The WIDA ACCESS is the annual assessment is an online assessment given to all students in grades 1 to 12 who are eligible for English language development (ELD) services. The assessments measures students’ English language proficiency, both knowledge and skills, in four language domains (reading, listening, writing, and speaking).

When will families receive the student's scores?
School districts receive score reports for each child in June and mail them home to families.

How are the scores used?
Scores on the WIDA assessments inform our support of students as they continue to develop academic English language skills.

Students can score between level 1 and level 6 in each of these language domains. When a student reaches higher levels of English proficiency, it means they can access classroom instruction without additional support.

OSPI has established the following criteria for students exiting the English language development (ELD) program.

Grade Level Minimum Overall Score
K-1 4.0
2-12 4.7