English Language Proficiency Assessment - WIDA Score Reports

Understanding your student's score report for WIDA assessments

Students identified as English learners (ELs) are assessed annually to measure their English language proficiency and determine eligibility for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services. The WIDA ACCESS test, WIDA Alternate ACCESS test, or Virginia ELP checklists measure how a student's English language skills are developing and determine if the student will continue to be eligible for ESOL services.

What information does the report include?

Reports for the WIDA ACCESS and WIDA Alternate access both include information on how a student performed on tested areas and information about what these scores generally mean the student can successfully do. The report provides a proficiency level and scaled score for each of the tested domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing), three composite areas (Oral Language, Literacy, Comprehension), and overall test.  

The WIDA Alternate report also provides additional information about the student's testing experience, including what levels of support cues were used for Listening and Reading questions, testing accommodations, etc. 

How are scores reported to families?

When a student takes a WIDA ACCESS or WIDA Alternate ACCESS test for their annual ELP assessment in the winter, families receive a detailed report in the spring/summer. 

  • The full detailed report and cover letter are provide from the student's school in June.
  • Numerical scores are posted to the SIS ParentVUE Test History section by the early July.
  • The full detailed report and cover letter are posted to the SIS ParentVUE Documents section by early August. For families without a ParentVUE account, the report will be sent via U.S. Mail by early August. 

The cover letter tells families where to direct questions. Families can also request a translated copy of their student's custom report from the school. 

How do families know if a English learner is eligible for ESOL services?

ESOL Eligibility for Service Letters

How can families learn more about English language proficiency assessments?

WIDA Assessment Information