World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English Language Learners (ELLs). Beginning in July 01, 2009 (2009-2010 school year), all school districts in the State of Illinois are required to use the WIDA MODEL™; a new Pre-K/Kindergarten screener for ELLs, to determine students’ English language proficiency and identify students eligible to receive ELL services.
The WIDA MODEL™ can be administered to children in Pre-K (minimum 4 years old), Kindergarten and the first semester of Grade 1. Pre-K children and children entering Kindergarten will only take the Listening and Speaking components of the assessment instrument. In the State of Illinois, students enrolling in the second semester of the Kindergarten year, or entering Grade 1 must take all four domains of the MODEL: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. If a child enrolls during the second semester of the Grade 1 year, then the W-APT Screener must be used.
Those Pre-K children and children entering Kindergarten who score below a 4.0 on either the Speaking or Listening domain of the WIDA MODEL™ are considered limited English proficient and are eligible for language support services. Students in the second semester of Kindergarten or the first semester of Grade 1 who score below a 4.0 composite score are also considered limited English language proficient and eligible for ELL services.
Teachers and other appropriately certified district staff members administering the WIDA MODEL™ including those who had been administering the W-APT until now, must be re-certified prior to administering this test. (Many teachers have already been re-certified as this was a requirement for those who administered the 2009 ACCESS for ELLs® to Kindergarteners.) Online certification information is available on the WIDA website at http://wida.wceruw.org .
The current Kindergarten W-APT screener will continue to be used during the 2008-2009 school year. However, districts may begin using the WIDA MODEL™ in the spring of 2009 to determine FY2010 program eligibility for newly entering Pre-K/Kindergarten students.
If you have any further questions about WIDA MODEL™, you may contact DELL at (312) 814-3850.
Illinois State Board of Education