WIDA

The WIDA Consortium develops and manages the  administration of the new, annual summative assessment, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. An online assessment, it replaces the paper-based version of ACCESS for ELLs for Grades 1-12.  Students who participate in our English Language Support program participate in this annual assessment in March to gauge their progress in learning the English language in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  This year, testing should begin for our ELL students on or about March 13th.  Each of the 4 sections takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.

Information gathered from this assessment is used to tailor instruction for these students to improve their English Language acquisition. 

All ELL students are assessed twice annually, in September and June, in the grade band appropriate test of English Language Acquisition, the MAC II.  This test is composed of four sections; listening, speaking, reading and writing and is used to monitor students progress in the development of skills in the English Language.  Each section takes between 20 and 60 minutes to administer depending upon the abilities of the student.  Parents are notified of their child's progress after each assessment.

This assessment is required by the State of New Jersey and the Federal government for all ELL students who have not yet shown proficiency in the English Language.