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The state of Minnesota forms part of the WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) Consortium:
 

“The WIDA Consortium is a non-profit cooperative group whose purpose is to develop standards and assessments that meet and exceed the goals of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and promote educational equity for English language learners (ELLs). Through standards, assessments, research, and professional development, WIDA provides meaningful tools and information to educators working with ELLs that are anchored in research-based practices for serving these diverse learners.”
(WIDA. <http://www.wida.us/> 2011) 


In order to ensure that all English Learners in MPS are making adequate progress in acquiring academic English and increasing English language proficiency, the school district uses resources developed by WIDA

ACCESS for ELLs
The ACCESS test is a secure English language proficiency test given annually to students in grades K-12 who have been identified as English Learners (ELs). Students are assessed in the four language domains of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The ACCESS test is only administered during the annual test window for the state of Minnesota. Based on the results of this assessment, the student will be assigned an English proficiency level. That level will be used to determine what EL Support services the student will receive at his/her school, and to determine when the student has achieved proficiency and will be exited from EL service.

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is a secure English language proficiency test given annually to students in grades 1-12 who have been identified as ELs and have significant cognitive disabilities that limit their participation in the standard ACCESS test. Students are assessed in the four language domains of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The ACCESS test is only administered during the annual test window for the state of Minnesota. Based on the results of this assessment, the student will be assigned an English proficiency level. That level will be used to determine what EL Support services the student will receive at his/her school.

WIDA Screener
The WIDA Screener is an English proficiency placement test given to incoming students in grades 1 - 12 who have a home language other than English. This test is meant to assist with identification and placement of English Learners. If the results of this placement test show that the student is eligible for English language support, the student's school will determine an appropriate level of EL service.

WIDA MODEL
The WIDA MODEL (Measure of Developing English Language) is another assessment that can be used by educators as an identification test for ELs new to the district. The WIDA MODEL can also be used as a progress monitoring test that can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the needs of the district, school, teacher, or student. 


*To learn more about MN state standards and guidelines regarding the education and assessment of English Learners, visit the Minnesota Department of Education's English Learner page.