Coaches' Corner



WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional learning for educators.

Why is the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

Summative Assessment important?

  • Helps students and families understand students’ current level of English language proficiency along the developmental continuum.
  • Serves as one of multiple measures used to determine whether students are prepared to exit English language support programs.
  • Generates information that assists in determining whether ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support.
  • Provides teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance instruction and learning in programs for their English language learners.
  • Provides districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs.
  • Meets, and exceeds, federal requirements for the monitoring and reporting of ELLs' progress toward English language proficiency.


We create brighter futures for students, regardless of the learning barriers or other challenges they face.

What is Evaluate Assessment?

Using Catapult Learning Evaluate assessment tool, teachers are able to identify student needs, target their instruction, and build the foundation for continual academic improvement.

Teachers can quickly identify student needs with accuracy and take targeted, effective action to help every student learn. Catapult Learning assessments include:

  • Interim or monthly assessments
  • Real-time reporting tools
  • Onsite professional development training with additional web-based and onsite support available.



  • Students are tested YEARLY in January and February
  • Traditional Exit Pathway
    • Students who score a 5.0 or higher in the composite (overall) domain and
    • 5.0 or higher in the literacy domain on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test will have met the exit criteria for English Language Learners
  • Criteria for Alternative Exit Pathway
    • The student must attain a minimum English language Proficiency level of 4.0 Composite Overall on the English Language Proficiency Assessment (WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0)
    • The student must pass the state’s English Language Arts and Math assessment, or other state approved assessments that demonstrate Nevada State Academic Content Standards proficiency
    • The student must be on track to meet graduation requirements
    • A variety of student evidence must be gathered to demonstrate that a student is English language proficient


  • Students are tested monthly in Math and ELA. The scores for each test are compared every other month
  • Scores should increase by 10%
    • Example: If the January score = 64% then the March score should be 74% or higher
  • The overall goal for the school is 70% by the end of the year.