Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 12/15/2023 - 7:00 PM
Category: Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Type: Action
Subject: Alexandria City High School WIDA ACCESS Plan
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 2: Instructional Excellence
ACPS will ensure that all students have access to and engagement with high-quality instruction.
Goal 3: Student Accessibility and Support
ACPS will ensure students have equitable access to and engagement with programs and supports that reduce barriers to learning.
Goal 5: Family and Community Engagement
ACPS will ensure that all families and community members feel welcomed, respected, and valued.
Policy: IA - Instructional Goals and Objectives
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
File Attachment:
Agenda Item Summary: This brief updates the ACPS School Board on the high school’s plan to administer the WIDA ACCESS to its English learner (EL) students. This plan is similar to the plan that was implemented during the 2022-2023 school year.
Background: In previous years, the ACHS testing team would pull EL students out of class over the 8-10 week testing window to complete the WIDA Access for ELLs test, a federally mandated English proficiency test required for all EL students. There are four sections of the assessment: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Pulling students from classes over the course of the testing window period to ensure each of the domains was completed resulted in some incomplete sections in addition to extended disruptions to instructional time.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends that the ACPS School Board review the information in this brief to familiarize themselves with the high school plan for administering the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Pierrette Finney - Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt - Superintendent