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Heather Villalobos Pavia 
English Learner Assessment Specialist 
Assessment Unit 

Important Announcements 

The ACCESS for ELLs testing window for the 2018-2019 school year will be January 14 - February 15, 2019. Results are expected the last week of April 2019. 

English Language Proficiency Assessments

Colorado uses WIDA English language proficiency assessments.

Annual Measure of Proficiency 

  • The annual test (specific test window) that measures a student’s progress in acquiring academic English is ACCESS for ELLs 2.0®. This assessment is administered to all students identified as an English Learner (NEP and LEP) in grades K-12.
    • Kindergarten is paper-based
    • ACCESS grades 1-12 is available computer-based and paper-based
    • Alternate ACCESS, grades 1-12 (for students with significant cognitive disabilities) is paper-based

Placement/Screener Assessment

Contact the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education with questions related to placement of students

  • WIDA Screener and K W-APT™ are used 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. 


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