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Missouri joined the WIDA (pronounced Wee-Duh) consortium in 2010 in response to both wanting to improve the EL standards within the state and to help provide better service and assessment to a growing EL population. The WIDA Consortium is a non-profit group whose purpose is to promote educational success for ELs. Through the development and delivery of standards, assessments, research and professional development, WIDA provides meaningful tools, training and information to educators working with ELs, which are anchored in research-based practices for serving these diverse learners.
Aside from professional development and English Language Development resources, WIDA provides the state with screener and summative English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments.
ELP Summative Assessment
WIDA's ACCESS for ELLs is the English language proficiency assessment that Missouri has selected to meet the requirement of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) to annually assess Missouri's students who are eligible for EL (English Learner) services, including students with disabilities. ACCESS allows educators, students, and families to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and will be aligned with the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards.
WIDA offer three assessments:
- ACCESS for ELLs - The online assessment for students in grades 1-12 (a paper version is available for those with an IEP and for students with very limited exposure to technology)
- Kindergarten ACCESS - A Paper-Based Kindergarten assessment that comes in a kit with manipulatives
- Alternate ACCESS - An assessment of English language proficiency for students in grades 1 – 12 who are classified as ELs and have significant cognitive disabilities (those who do or would qualify for MAP-A) that prevent their meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The assessment is based on Alternate Model Performance Indicators (AMPIs), which provide expectations of what students should be able to process and produce at a given Alternate ELP level.
More information about the summative ELP assessments can be found in the tabs below labeled ACCESS, K-ACCESS and Alt. ACCESS. Additionally information can be found in the annual LEA Guide to ELP Assessments.
|September 27, 2021 to November 04, 2021||ACCESS Test Materials Ordering|
|October 04, 2021 to October 29, 2021||ACCESS Pre-Code Window|
|November 08, 2021 to March 04, 2022||ACCESS Test Setup Available|
|December 06, 2021 to February 25, 2022||ACCESS Additional Test Materials Ordering|
|DUE December 06, 2021||ACCESS Materials Arrive In Districts|
|January 10, 2022 to March 04, 2022||ACCESS 2021-2022 Testing Window|
|DUE April 08, 2022||ACCESS Deadline To Ship Materials To DRC|
|May 03, 2022 to May 10, 2022||ACCESS Pre-Reporting Data Validation|
|DUE May 26, 2022||ACCESS Initial Data Available In WIDA AMS|
|June 15, 2022 to June 23, 2021||ACCESS Post-Reporting Data Validation|
|DUE June 15, 2022||ACCESS Districts Receive Individual Student Reports (ISR)|
|DUE July 08, 2022||ACCESS Districts Receive Final Data|