All potential English learners must be identified with an approved WIDA screener and identified based on Montana's proficiency criteria. All identified English learners (ELs) must be assessed annually for English language proficiency in the four domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This includes all EL students who receive special education services no matter what their disability or level of service.
The Montana approved English learner screening tools are the WIDA online screener (grades 1-12), the Kindergarten WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT), the WIDA MODEL (grades K-12) and the WIDA Paper Screener (grades 1-12).
The Montana approved statewide annual assessment for ELs is the ACCESS for ELLs. The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is available for EL students who have the most significant cognitive disabilities.