EL Assessments, Placement and Exit Criteria
EL assessments assist educators with programmatic decisions such as identification and placement of ELs.
WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)
W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to kindergarten students that have registered for classes who may be designated as English language learners.
The Entrance Requirements: In Kindergarten a Listening and Speaking composite score of 19 or lower or between 20-24 inclusive AND reading ≤ 6 OR writing score ≤ 4 on the W-APT assessment is eligible for ELD services. In some cases, multiple criteria may be used to determine eligibility.
WIDA Screener Placement Test
Students in grades 1-12 will be administered the WIDA Screener. A WIDA Screener composite score of 5.0 or lower is eligible to receive ELD service.
The Lower Merion School District follows the exit criteria requirements as outline by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.