WIDA Standards and Assessment

WIDA Assessments

Purpose and Use


  • Exceeds the requirements stipulated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 and is used to measure and report growth in a manner consistent with the need for fulfilling these requirements.
  • Generates results that serve as one criterion to aid in determining when ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support and on state academic content tests without accommodations.
  • Provides districts with information that will aid in evaluating the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs.
  • Identifies the ELP levels of students with respect to the WIDA ELP Standards' levels 1-6.
  • Provides information that can be used to enhance instruction and learning for ELLs.

The W-APT was designed to be used as:

  • One of several criteria to determine eligibility for language support services
  • An indicator of a student's language proficiency level (1 through 6) on the WIDA continuum
  • An aid to determining appropriate levels and amounts of instructional services
  • A guide for tier placement on the ACCESS for ELLs annual assessment (consortium members only)

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