WIDA Exams

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.

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 designated as English language learners.

At Odyssey Charter School we provide this exam within 2 weeks of identifying new students that; 1. do not speak English at home. 2. English is not the student’s primary language 3. Students does not speak English with friends.

***Once students are identified on enrollment registration forms, they are given the W-APT or Screener. If the student scores appropriately on the W-APT or Screener, the child will be annually tested with the WIDA, will receive testing accommodations according to student need as determined by student teachers and students will also receive additional support from a grade level advocate.

Please go to our ELL/LEP page to learn more.