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English Language Proficiency Assessments
English Language Proficiency Assessment to Identify English Learners
English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments are given to new and returning students who may be designated as English Learners (ELs). It is one component that assists educators with programmatic decisions such as identification and placement of ELs into Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEPs). ELP assessment scores and a Body of Evidence (BOE) must be used to identify students who are ELs.
Assessment Screeners are flexible, on-demand tests that can be administered at any time during the school year:
Beginning July 1, 2022, the Kindergarten W-APT will no longer be available for Colorado schools and districts to use in the English Learner Identification process. Kindergarten and first semester, first-grade students will be assessed using the paper-based Screener for Kindergarten beginning SY22-23.
WIDA Screener is an ELP assessment administered to students in second semester, first grade through grade 12. WIDA Screener is available in two formats: computer and paper.
Test Administrators (TAs) are required to complete online self-paced courses and pass quizzes prior to administrating or scoring assessments. Screener for grades 1-12 and Screener for Kindergarten training modules can be found by logging into the Secure Portal at WIDA.US. In the Secure Portal, select 'Assessment Training', then filter by test type: WIDA Screener for Kindergarten Administration and Scoring and/or WIDA Screener (1-12) online or paper Administration and Scoring courses.
For more information about English Learner Identification and Screener Administration training, please email:
Annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for Identified English Learners
ACCESS for ELLs is a secure large-scale English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment given annually to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English learners (NEP/LEP). It provides educators and parents information about the ELP level in the language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Students who qualify for Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEP) but parents have formally opted-out of programs, are not exempt from testing. This assessment aligns to the Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards (CELP). Please contact the Assessment Office for more information or training dates for ACCESS.
- ACCESS for ELLs Testing Window: January 10, 2022 - February 11, 2022
- Considerations for ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration in 2021
- WIDA ACCESS for ELLs
- WIDA Assessments
- ACCESS for ELLs: District and School Data Summary
- English Language Proficiency Growth Data