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About Colorado's English Language Proficiency Assessments

W-APT* used for Kindergarten and the first semester of 1st grade is a semi-secure English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as English learners. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELs. The W-APT is one component of EL identification.
WIDA Screener* used for the second semester of 1st grade through 12th grade is an English language proficiency assessment given to new students in Grades 1–12 to help educators identify whether they are English language learners (ELLs). It is a flexible, on-demand assessment that can be administered at any time during the school year. WIDA Screener is available in two formats – online and paper.
ACCESS for ELLs® is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given annually to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It provides educators and parents information about the English language proficiency level in the language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

This assessment aligns to the CELP standards.

Visit WIDA's website for more information about W-APT or ACCESS for ELLs

*Contact the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education with questions about W-APT or WIDA Screener. 

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