WIDA & STUDENT ASSESSMENT

Each year, our students who come from households that speak a language other than English are required by the State of Michigan Department of Education to complete the WIDA Assessment, also know as MI-Access for ELLs.

The assessment itself measures English language development, progress, and proficiency in four modalities: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Not only does this information help us as educators make informed, data-driven decisions about how to best serve our ELL student population, but an interpretive guide can be referenced to better understand what student scores mean and where our students lie in the continuum of language proficiency measures.

WIDA Testing occurs in February and March of each year, and scores are completed and made available to school districts by the end of July. Please contact Mr. Taylor, District Librarian, or your building principals for more information.

 

Additional Information & Multilingual Resources

What is WIDA/Access for ELLs?

 

Explaining ELL Status

Patrick Taylor

K-12 Librarian/EL & Bilingual

Macomb Intermediate School District:

Michigan Department of Education: