Beginning the 2015-16 school year, Idaho became a member of the WIDA Consortium. The WIDA Consortium is made up of states which support the consortium’s mission of advancing the academic language development and academic achievement for English Language Learners (ELLs). This is accomplished through the use of high quality standards, assessments, research and professional development for educators.
Under Title I of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, all states are required to identify languages other the English spoken in all public school students’ home. If a language other than English is identified, the district is required to assess the student’s English proficiency and subsequently place the student in an instructional program if needed. Those students who are identified and placed in an English proficiency instructional program, the federal law requires that the students are assessed annually on English proficiency; more specifically, the assessment must measure an ELLs proficiency in oral language, reading and writing skills [NCLB 1111(b)(6 & 7).
Through Idaho’s ESEA (Elementary & Secondary Act) Flexibility Waiver, it is required that the state provides an English proficiency assessment for our ELLs which is aligned with the state’s academic standards, as well as, the state’s English language development standards.
With the adoption of the WIDA English Language Development Standards and implementation beginning the 2012-13 school year, the 2015-16 school year will be the first year that Idaho will administer WIDA’s English proficiency assessment, the ACCESS 2.0, which will become Idaho’s English language assessment.
For additional information on Idaho’s English language screener, W-APT, and assessment, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, please visit the menu of options to the left