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English Language Proficiency Assessment


Heather Villalobos Pavia 
English Learner Assessment Specialist 
Assessment Unit 

Important Announcements 

  • ACCESS for ELLs for 2015-2016 for grades 1-12 is computer-based; kindergarten remains paper-based
  • The ACCESS for ELLs testing window for the 2015-2016 school year is January 11 - February 12, 2016.
  • Connect with WIDA to learn about the most up-to-date ACCESS for ELLs resources  

English Language Proficiency Assessments

Colorado uses two English language proficiency assessments.

Placement/Screener Assessment

  • W-APT™ which stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test is the screener to assist in the identification of students that qualify for English Language Development (ELD) programming.
    • Per federal guidelines, students new to the district with a primary or home language other than English must be screened and placed within 30 days from the beginning of the school year. Throughout the remainder of the school year, this screening and placement determination must happen within two weeks of the student's enrollment. 
    • Determination of ELD program placement is determined at the district level. For programming support, please contact the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
    • W-APT™ is paper-based at all grades K-12.

Annual Measure of Proficiency 

  • The annual test (specific test window) that measures a student’s progress in acquiring academic English is ACCESS for ELLs®. This assessment is administered to all students identified as an English Learner (NEP and LEP) in grades K-12.
    • ACCESS for ELLs, Kindergarten is paper-based
    • ACCESS for ELLs, grades 1-12 is computer-based
    • Alternate ACCESS, grades 1-12 (for students with significant cognitive disabilities) is paper-based

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