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WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is the District of Columbia's annual assessment of English proficiency. Students that qualify for ELL services are assessed in the four domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through an English language screener proficiency test to determine their level of English proficiency. Students who score from Level 1 to Level 5.0 on the screener test are eligible for services and will participate in the annual language proficiency test, ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners), each spring until they score an English Language proficiency level of 5, which indicates the student is proficient in English.

To learn more about WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and resources available to educators and families, please explore the resources below.

Test Design

The WIDA assessment is administered online and includes four domains: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Additional information can be found on WIDA’s ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment page.

Practice Tests and Tutorials

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 website includes sample test items. Below are additional resources to show educators, students, parents/guardians, and the general public the test content and language demands that may be found on the actual ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test.

Accessibility for All Students

OSSE is committed to providing equitable assessment opportunities for students in the District of Columbia. For details about how the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs supports accessibility, please read the Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement on the WIDA website. More information can be found on OSSE’s Testing Accommodations page.

OSSE Guidance Documents

Training Information

OSSE requires that new Test Coordinators and Test Administrators complete all trainings related to their role(s) and the test(s) they will administer. OSSE also recommends that Test Coordinators become familiar with the Technology Readiness Checklist and complete all Test Administrator training requirements so that they are prepared to assist others with their roles

Resources for Parents

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OSSE Assessment Team
Contact Phone: 
(202) 535-2651
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Fourth Floor
Service Location: 

1050 First Street, NE

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1050 First Street, NE