W-APT - W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELLs. The W-APT is one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system.
ACCESS - ACCESS for ELLs® is a standards-based, criterion-referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure the social and academic proficiency in English of ELL/LEP students. Illinois uses this test to annually assess the English language proficiency of ELL/LEP students. The law (105 ILCS 5/14C-3) also requires that students identified as ELL/LEP are to be tested annually for oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of English. The law further stipulates that no school district shall transfer a child of limited English-speaking ability out of a TBE program prior to the third year of enrollment therein unless the parents of the child approve the transfer in writing and unless the child has received a score on said examination reflecting a level of English language competencies appropriate to his or her grade level.