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English Language Proficiency Assessments

Posted: Fri, 08/19/2011 - 8:39am Updated: Mon, 10/19/2015 - 8:28am

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)




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. 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. 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)

W-APT the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test, is administered to all students for whom a language other than English is identified during the Home Language Survey process. The W-APT functions as a screener that is used for both initial assessment and English Language (EL) program placement of students who are identified as limited English proficient (LEP). Placement tests are scored locally. For more information go to

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 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).

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 WIDA-ACCESS assessment are returned in mid-May. WIDA-ACCESS results are used to determine corporation and school-level Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives.

State, corporation, and school level WIDA-ACCESS data: (Coming Soon)

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