WIDA 2021 Information

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English Learner (EL) students are identified at registration when the parent or guardian informs the school that they speak a language other than English. Each year, all EL students are required by federal law to be tested on their ability to listen, read, write, and speak in English until they obtain a 4.5 or higher on the test. This test is called the WIDA Assessment and must be taken in person on Odyssey’s campus.

We have the following safety protocols in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

✓    Students are 6 feet apart and will use assigned bathrooms/entrances to reduce congregating.
✓    Capacity in all areas is reduced, and will stay reduced throughout testing season to 35% capacity.
✓    Hand sanitizer, masks, and disinfectant wipes are available in all common areas and testing rooms.
✓    Testing stations are cleaned with CDC-approved cleaning agents after each testing session.
✓     All headphones used for testing will be new and then donated to students after testing to avoid cross-contamination.
✓     All persons on campus are required to wear a mask when on campus.
✓     Families are asked to do a pre-screening for symptoms before arriving and after arriving on campus.
✓     Dedicated sick room with health staff available.
✓     HEPA Filtration in testing areas.

WIDA testing for High School is from April 26th until April 30th. Students only need to come for 1 day. WIDA testing is from 12:00PM-4:00PM every day.

Link to Sign up for High School WIDA Testing

Los estudiantes English Learner (EL) se identifican en el registro cuando el padre o tutor informa a la escuela que hablan un idioma que no es inglés.
Cada año, la ley federal exige que todos los estudiantes EL sean evaluados en su capacidad para escuchar, leer, escribir y hablar en inglés hasta que obtengan un 4.5 o más en el examen. Esta prueba se llama Evaluación WIDA y debe tomarse en persona en el campus de Odyssey.

Contamos con los siguientes protocolos de seguridad en respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19:

✓ Los estudiantes están separados por 6 pies y usarán baños / entradas asignados para reducir la congregación.
✓ La capacidad en todas las áreas se reduce y permanecerá reducida durante la temporada de pruebas al 35% de la capacidad.
✓ Hay desinfectante para manos, mascarillas y toallitas desinfectantes disponibles en todas las áreas comunes y salas de pruebas.
✓ Las estaciones de prueba se limpian con agentes de limpieza aprobados por el CDC después de cada sesión de prueba.
✓ Todos los audífonos utilizados para las pruebas serán nuevos y luego se donarán a los estudiantes después de la prueba para evitar la contaminación cruzada.
✓ Todas las personas en el campus deben usar una máscara cuando estén en el campus.
✓ Se pide a las familias que realicen una evaluación previa de los síntomas antes de llegar y después de llegar al campus.
✓ Habitación exclusiva para enfermos con personal de salud disponible.
✓ Filtración HEPA en áreas de prueba.

Las pruebas de WIDA para la escuela secundaria son desde el 26 de abril hasta el 29 de abril. Los estudiantes sólo necesitan venir por 1 día. Las pruebas de WIDA son de 12:00 p.m. a 4:00 p.m. todos los días.

Enlace al formulario de inscripción High School WIDA



How Limited English Proficient and English Learner Support became law:

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 (SBAC or EOC) required by state law.  All LEP students must participate in all four sections of this exam.  This exam is delivered entirely on the computer for middle and high school students and on paper for some elementary school students.

What does WIDA mean?

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. WIDA later dropped the acronym and states “WIDA just means WIDA–It’s a proper noun stylized as an acronym.”

If you have been labeled LEP in infinite campus, you may be required to participate on this exam.

W-APT  & WIDA Screener

When a student is new to Odyssey, we ask if the student speaks a language other than English “at home, ” “in school,” or “with their friends.” If the answer to any of these situations is yes, then students must be given the WIDA screener (grades 1-12) or the W-APT (Kindergarten) to determine if the qualify as LEP. Students who score below 4.5 on either of these tests are placed in the English Learner Program.

English Learner Program

Students in the English Learner (EL) program may receive certain testing accommodations such as extra time, a bilingual dictionary, or translated directions on required state and federal tests. EL students may also receive additional support from a grade level advocate, tutor, or other academic support as deemed appropriate. EL students will also participate each year in the WIDA ACCESS 2.0 exam which will measure their ability to listen, read, write, and speak English. Once students obtain a score of 4.5 or higher, they will be considered proficient in English and to have “exited” the EL support program.