The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires state education agencies to establish and implement standardized, statewide entrance and exit procedures for English Learners (Section 3113). In accordance with federal regulations, all states are required to:
- Identify the languages other than English present in their student population;
- Assess the language proficiency of students in order to place them in the appropriate language development program; and
- Administer an annual assessment of English proficiency, which includes measuring a student’s oral language, reading, and writing skills in English.
The purpose of the English language proficiency assessments is to determine a student's level of English proficiency. WIDA provides the English language proficiency placement and summative assessments administered in Indiana. The Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener are used to identify and inform initial programmatic placement of English Learners. WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate Access summative assessments are administered annually to determine a student's current level of English proficiency. The summative assessments are also used for accountability purposes.
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