Bilingual/ESL
2300 West Main Street, Mendota, IL 61342
Phone- 815-539-7446, Bilingual- 815-539-5193
Fax- 815-539-3103
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Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria

 for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA’s website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).