As required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, all students who are identified as “Limited English Proficient” must be assessed annually for English proficiency in the five domains of speaking, listening, reading, writing and comprehension. This language assessment does not replace the ELA exams required by state law. All LEP students must participate in all five sections of this exam. This exam is proctored entirely on the computer for middle and high school students. Typically, testing begins towards the end of January.
In 2002 an EAG grant provided initial funding for the organization that would become WIDA. Three states were involved in the grant: Wisconsin (WI), Delaware (D), and Arkansas (A), so the acronym WIDA was chosen for the name. At the last minute, however, Arkansas dropped out, and World-class Instructional Design and Assessment was created to fit the acronym.
If you have been labeled LEP in infinite campus, you may be required to participate on this exam. Contact Ms. Dunlop if you are wondering about your status. Testing typically begins in January.