Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment
OSPI adopted with WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs in 2018 to assess the language proficiency of Multilingual Learners (MLs) with the most significant cognitive disabilities. In 2024 WIDA is releasing a new version of the test and abbreviating the name to WIDA Alternate ACCESS. This new test is available to eligible students in grades K–12. Guidance to help IEP teams make assessment decisions can be found in the Guidelines for Statewide Accountability Assessments. You'll find information below to support schools and districts in administering the assessment here including key dates, resources, and training.
- Testing Window: January 29, March 22, 2024
- Pre-Registration: December 08, 2023 (Please note that pre-registration for this test happens in the Washington Assessment Management System, more commonly known as WAMS)
- Testing Materials arrive in district: Two weeks before testing
- Additional Materials Order Window: Two weeks before testing begins to one week before testing ends
NOTE: each district has ONE order of "additional" materials before associated costs are assumed
- Materials Return: One week after close of window
NOTE: materials must be picked up by the courier on or before the last day to ship.
- Guidance for determining ELs' participation in an alternate language assessment (page 12)
- Guidance on Domain Exemptions
- Accessibility and Accommodation Manual
- District and School Test Coordinator (Available in the WIDA Secure Portal)
- Disability Crosswalk
- Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guide
- FAQ for Alt ELP Assessment
The following resources can be found by searching "manual" in the Resources section of the WIDA Secure Portal.
- ACCESS for ELLs District and School Test Coordinator Manual
- ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Essentials
- ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Manual
All Test Administrators for the WIDA Alternate ACCESS are required to complete TA training annually. In 2024 WIDA is launching a new version of the test, and the trainings for test administrators have also been updated. Training is available on the WIDA Secure Portal under Assessment Training. District Assessment Coordinators can create accounts and assign permissions in the WIDA Secure Portal.