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05-05-2021  |  May 2021 Edition


From 3:30-5 p.m. MDT on Thursday, May 6, 2021

Participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the purpose of the ACCESS for ELLs. 
  • Identify the differences in the types of score reports and uses.
  • Describe considerations and methods for disseminating information contained in the score reports.

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Opportunities Available for English Language Development (ELD) Standards

  • New and Updated resources are available.
  • ELD Standards Framework Webpage: Learn more about the Big Ideas and the four components of the framework. 
  • The 2020 Edition Webpage: Discover what’s new and different in the 2020 Edition. View, download, or order a copy of the book, and find available resources for rollout and implementation.
  • ELD Standards Framework Professional Development Webpage: From webinars to workshops to Focus Bulletins, check out the learning opportunities to begin and advance your understanding of the updated framework.


These two-day workshops are being offered for educators responsible for language development within content learning and implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards.

Participants will gain the following:

  • Learn how components of the 2020 WIDA ELD Standards support equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities for multilingual learners. 
  • Explore how the Standards Framework supports instructional planning and collaboration. 
  • Receive information about additional and optional learning activities prior to the workshop.
  • Access online resources to support implementation, following the eWorkshop.
  • The first workshop series in May:
    • Day 1: From 3:30-5 p.m. MDT on May 20.
    • Day 2: From 3:30-5 p.m. MDT on May 27.
    • Register here.
  • The second workshop series in June:
    • Day 1: From 3:30-5 p.m. MDT on June 1.
    • Day 2: From 3:30-5 p.m. MDT on June 8.
    • Register here.


The New WIDA Screener for Kindergarten Field Test Study is well underway. Information to some of the most commonly asked questions from districts related to participation in the field study is found below.

  • The purpose of the Field Study is to gather baseline data to establish proficiency level criteria for the New K Screener, which will eventually replace the KW-APT. The Field Study will continue through the end of the 2021-22 School Year.
  • Participation: All districts are required to participate in the Field Study. The screener is only for English Learners who qualify for the current screeners (MODEL and KW-APT). Districts should administer the New WIDA Screener to 50% or more of grade K students who qualify for the screener. 
  • The KW-APT or K MODEL Assessment Screener is still required and must be administered to those who qualify for accountability purposes. 
  • New Screener Training: The training is in the WIDA Secure Portal. Go to the "Screener Test Materials and Training" section. See "WIDA Screener for Kindergarten." This is the formal name, and it does not have the word "new" in it. Note that you must complete the training before you administer the screener. If you don’t see the training listed, then you may not be identified in the system with screener privileges.
  • Results: Districts will enter student results from the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten Score Sheets onto the WDE Excel Spreadsheet as tests are completed. The completed WDE Excel Spreadsheet should be deposited into the District Folder, which was previously shared by email to all district EL Coordinators.


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From 3:30-5:30 p.m. MDT on May 18, 2021

In this Wyoming specific overview, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose and background of the WIDA Kindergarten Screener.
  • Explore the logistics for preparing to administer the Screener.
  • Review the Kindergarten Screener materials.
  • Identify the available accommodations on the Screener.
  • Examine the test administration preparation.
  • Ask questions.
  • NOTE: This is not a replacement for the online training course or the WIDA Kindergarten Screener face-to-face workshop.

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ACCESS Reports Online Will be Released on May 24, 2021

ACCESS for ELLs scores should be shared when available and in a timely manner. Individual Student Reports (ISR) provide a detailed report of a single student’s performance, including proficiency level and scale scores for each language domain and four composite areas.

Share with: 

  • Students to set language goals. 
  • Parents and guardians as part of discussions around student progress and achievement.
  • Teachers to inform individualized classroom instruction and assessment.

For more information on understanding and using student scores and score reports, refer to the Interpretive Guides for Score Reports. Resources for sharing scores are available on the Family Engagement Page of the WIDA website. Translations of the Individual Student Report are available in the following languages in WIDA AMS. Translated reports should always accompany and not replace official reports in English.

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The links below include access to additional resources, guidance, and the opportunity to network within the EL community:


  • May 6: Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports Overview.
  • May 13: Registration Deadline for “Planning with the ELD Standards Framework” Training on May 20 and May 27.
  • May 18: WIDA Kindergarten Screener Overview.
  • May 24: Districts Receive Online Reports.
  • May 25: Registration Deadline for “Planning with the ELD Standards Framework” Training on June 1 and June 8.
  • June 14-16: Districts Receive Printed Reports.
  • July 1: Registration Deadline for “School Leaders: Ensuring Equity for Multilingual Learners” Training on July 8, July 22 & July 29.
  • July 7: WIDA Kindergarten Screener Overview.