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English Language Proficiency Assessments (WIDA)

Posted: Fri, 08/19/2011 - 8:39am Updated: Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:15pm


Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students) requires that schools identify limited English proficient students, assess their progress in English language proficiency, and provide eligible children with services that would increase their English proficiency and their academic achievement.

The purpose of the English Language Proficiency assessments is to determine a student's level of English proficiency. A Placement Test, administered upon a student's arrival in the United States, is used to determine which English Learner (EL) services are appropriate for the student. The annual assessment, administered in January and February, is used to determine the student's current level of English proficiency. The annual assessment is also used for accountability purposes.

Accommodations for state assessments are permitted for students who are Limited English Proficient and have scores of levels 1-4 on the LAS Links Annual Assessment. Information regarding accommodations for students with limited English proficiency for state testing can be found in Appendix C (Accommodations Guidance) and the approved list of Bilingual Dictionaries can be found in Appendix I of the Indiana Assessment Program Manual (click here and scroll down to the “Indiana Assessment Program Manual” section).

Indiana’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver requires the state to adopt an English language proficiency assessment that is college- and career-ready and aligned to Indiana’s English language development standards. Indiana adopted the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English language development standards in October 2013 and will administer the corresponding English language proficiency assessments during the 2014-15 school year. WIDA Assessments will replace the current use of LAS Links. WIDA offers a comprehensive assessment system that consists of the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT), WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.

Instructional and Assessment Guidance

WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework

WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)

This is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. For more information go to

ACCESS for ELLs Summative Assessment

ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. For more information go to

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) for students in grades 1 -12 who are classified as English language learners (ELLs) and have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs assessment. For more information go to

Additional Resources


Results of the LAS Links assessment are returned in mid-May. LAS Links results are used to determine corporation and school-level Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives, which are available in late fall.

Click here to view state, corporation, and school level LAS Links data (select the "Student Performance" tab).


Karen Stein
Special Programs Assessment Specialist
Telephone: (317) 232-9050
Toll Free: (888) 544-7837