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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

WIDA Available Resources

Standards, Professional Development, and ACCESS for ELLs Information

  1. Go to World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment(WIDA) website.
  2. Click on the appropriate tab at the top of the web page for specific information on standards, professional development, and ACCESS for ELLs information

Placement Tests to Identify, Screen, and Place New ELL Students

The Kindergarten W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) and WIDA online Screener (for grades 1-12) are free and optional tests designed for two purposes:

  1. To identify students who may be EL
  2. To determine English language proficiency levels and determine appropriate amounts of instructional services

To access the Kindergarten W-APT, go to the WIDA-APT website and log in using your personal account credentials. If you do not have a personal account, instructions for account creation can be found on the Department’s webpage. It is recommended to view the following pre-recorded webinars prior to administering the Kindergarten W-APT test.

W-APT Kindergarten Test Webinar (19 minutes)

To access the WIDA online Screener training, log into your personal account. The online Screener is available through WIDA-AMS. Consumable materials are available for download on the training site.

Those wishing to use the WIDA paper Screener may purchase materials at the WIDA Online Store. Paper screener training is available through your personal account.

The WIDA Download Library

Go to World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment(WIDA) website.

Click "Download Library" located above the blue menu bar in the upper right-hand corner.

The WIDA Download Library offers resources and materials for ELL educators, including standards, guiding principles, sample items, and CAN DO descriptors.

Note: Login information to view ACCESS for ELLs test administrator training materials will be sent to districts in October.

Massachusetts Web Page on the WIDA Website

The Massachusetts web page on the WIDA website, provides information about WIDA in Massachusetts. It contains contact information, test administration dates and policies, professional development opportunities, and training and certification information for prospective ACCESS for ELLs test administrators.



Last Updated: July 26, 2017
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