Idaho English Language Assessment Administration

All districts/schools are required to have a home language survey (HLS) to determine if a student may be an English language Learner (ELL).  

The Home Language Survey (HLS) must include at least the following questions:

  • What is the primary language spoken in the home?
  • Is any language other than English spoken in the home?
  • Which language does your child most often use?
  • What language do you use to speak to your child?
  • What language does your child use to speak with others?

If the student's HLS indicates a language other than English; and an environment where a language other than English is dominant, the student must be tested with W-APT within 30 days of the start of the school year. Following the first 30 days of registration, districts must screen students within 2 weeks of their entry into the school.  

If a student qualifies for ELL support services based on W-APT results, the student must be assessed annually on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

For Idaho Guidance on the transition for the 2015-2016 school year:

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Which English language proficiency screener will schools and districts use beginning in 2015-16?

Beginning the Fall 2015, all Idaho public and charter districts are to use WIDA’s screener, the W-APT.

What is the W-APT?

W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be identified as needing English language support. Results of the W-APT are used for potential placement into ELL services.  The W-APT is one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system.
The W-APT is not a substitute for the annual English proficiency assessment for ELLs and should not be used for the purpose of exiting a student from language support services.

What is the purpose of the W-APT?

The W-APT was designed to be used as:

  • The 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
  • The W-APT should not be used for progress monitoring or for exit purposes

For additional Idaho guidance, please watch the webinar archived on this webpage.  Also read through the transition document provided.

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For W-APT training materials, go to WIDA’s Download Library:

A good place to begin preparation would be to view the 2014-2015 Training Webinars.

It is expected that all test administrators:

  • Read W-APT Test Administration Manual(s) for grade levels for which they are responsible;
  • Read Scored Student Writing Samples
  • Watch training webinars appropriate for the grade level of administration

For those responsible for training others in W-APT test administration, Power Points are available in the Training Toolkit section.

For additional Idaho guidance, please watch the webinar archived on this webpage.  Also read through the transition document provided.

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Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2011, (Section 111(b)(1), all states are required to annually assess their English Language Learners’ (ELLs’) proficiency with the English language (Title III Law, Section 3116 (b)(3)(C).  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.

Idaho’s English language assessment is administered annually every spring to calculate growth and proficiency in the English language for English Language Learners (ELLs).  All districts that serve ELLs are held accountable to these growth and proficiency measures on the English language assessment for their ELL population. Accountability is determined through Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs), which each district must meet.

Please note that Idaho’s English language assessment and the Idaho State Achievement Test (ISAT) are two different tests that measure different abilities. The ISAT measures content knowledge and skills, while the English language assessment measures a ELL’s English language ability.

For additional information on Idaho’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver:

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Training will be provided soon.


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Administration Dates (2015-2016)

Description Date(s)
Test Materials Ordering 11/2/2015 to 12/4/2015
Online Test Setup 1/4/2016 to 3/18/2016
Districts Receive Test Material (On) 1/25/2016
Test Window 2/8/2016 to 3/18/2016
Additional Test Material Window 1/27/2016 to 3/11/2016
Districts Pack Completed Test Material 2/23/2016 to 3/25/2016
Districts Ship Completed Test Material to DRC 2/23/2016 to 3/25/2016
All Test Material Received at DRC 4/1/2016
Pre-Reporting Data Validation Window 4/18/2016 to 4/29/2016
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On or Before) 5/16/2016