Friday, August 9, 2013

Welcome Michigan and South Carolina!

Last month the WIDA Consortium welcomed two new states.
Michigan became the 32nd member of the Consortium. This means that Michigan educators will begin administering the ACCESS for ELLs assessment during the 2013-14 school year. You might remember that Michigan adopted the WIDA ELD Standards in January 2013.  Since most of us haven't returned to school yet, it's a great time to read up on the ACCESS for ELLs assessmentHere are a few blog posts to get you started:

In mid July, South Carolina became the newest state to adopt the WIDA ELD Standards for use in their schools. South Carolina is also involved with the development of ACCESS 2.0. We are excited to introduce the WIDA ELD Standards to South Carolina educators! Here are a few blog posts to help orient you to the ELD Standards:
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Written by: Tammy King




  1. We start school with students on Sept. 2nd. The training isn't until Sept. 9 & 10. What are we supposed to do in the mean time? With ELPA we could start testing the second day of school. I have all of the previous year's students identified and will be ready to start with them but will be unable to start because I have to wait to test.
    Will we be able to begin testing on the 11th?
    Also, what do we do with the ELPA tests that we have left over?

    1. Mrs. Michele,
      These are certainly important questions to have answered. I am assuming you are from Michigan. If that is the case, you will need to contact the Michigan State Department of Education to find out how they would like you to handle the testing this year and what to do with the old tests. Their contact information is listed at:

      In the future, feel free to contact the WIDA Help Desk with questions. Often they can answer your questions or let you know who to contact for an answer. They can be reached at or by phone at 866-276-7735.