New Jersey Department of Education

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ACCESS for ELLs and Exiting Students

The WIDA Model for Kindergarten has two main purposes:

  • To identify students who may be candidates for ESL and/or bilingual services; and
  • To determine the academic English language proficiency level of students new to a school or to the U.S. school system in order to decide appropriate levels and amounts of instructional services.

For either purpose, the WIDA Model should be considered one of several elements in the decision-making process regarding ELL identification and placement in instructional services. 
The Listening and Speaking components of the WIDA MODEL provide an Oral Proficiency score, which can be used to determine the level and extent of services appropriate for each student.  The results of the Reading and Writing (literacy) components provide diagnostic information that may be used as additional criteria to guide instruction and service delivery. 

The WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten is one of New Jersey’s approved language proficiency tests for identifying students for language assistance programs.  This test is designed for children entering Kindergarten.  Prior to January 1 of the Kindergarten school year, Kindergarten students can be administered only the listening and speaking sections of the WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten. 

 N.J.A.C. 6A:15-1.3(c) mandates the use of multiple indicators for identifying and exiting English language learners from language assistance programs..  For students taking the Kindergarten MODEL test prior to January 1, the standard for the oral proficiency level score (listening and speaking sections only) is a 5.0 oral language proficiency level and at least one other indicator.

For students taking the Kindergarten MODEL after January 1, the standard is a 4.5 overall composite proficiency level and multiple indicators as per N.J.A.C.6A15:1.10(c).  This score is based on the student taking all parts (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) of the K MODEL.