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English Language Proficiency Assessments

English Language Proficiency Assessment to Identify English Learners

WIDA Screener is an English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment administered to students grades 1–12.  WIDA Screener scores along with a Body of Evidence (BOE) help educators identify students who are English learners (ELs). 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: computer and paper.

  • Beginning July 1, 2018, the W-APT for grades 1-12 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 continue to be assessed with the paper-based W-APT (WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test).  W-APT is a English Language Proficiency (ELP) screening assessment given to incoming students who may be designated as English learners (EL). It is one component that assists educators with programmatic decisions such as identification and placement of ELs into English Language Development (ELD) services. 

WIDA Screener Certification

Individuals seeking to obtain certification to administer the WIDA Screener must complete self-paced tutorials and quizzes online at WIDA.US

WIDA Screener Assessment Contact

For more information about English Learner Identification and Screener Administration training, please contact the trainer.

Doris Nguyen
CLDE Consultant


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.  

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