Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)
Grades Assessed are 3rd - 9th
The Utah State Board of Education has contracted with LTI to provide the ACTFL/AAPPL assessment to schools participating in the Utah State Board of Education Dual Immersion Program
Utah Dual Language Immersion Assessments Based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Scale (ACTFL).
Testing Window: October 25, 2021 to December 10, 2021.
Formerly Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
Early Learning Program and Benchmark Assessments
Grades Assessed are K- 6th
The Testing Window and Data Entry Window are the same for both Acadience Reading and Acadience Mathematics.
Beginning of Year (BOY)
Beginning of School Year - September 30, 2021
Middle of Year (MOY)
December 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022
End of Year (EOY)
Middle of April - June 15, 2022
Statewide Grade 11 ACT Administration Dates for Spring of 2022
Online Standard and Accommodated
Testing Window: March 22-24 and March 29-31, 2022
Testing Window: TBD
Utah's Kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile (KEEP) is intended to inform various stakeholders, such as parents, teachers, and leadership, on the academic and social-emotional development of entering and exiting kindergarten students. The information gained from the profile will be used to:
- provide insights into current levels of academic and social-emotional performance upon entry and exit of kindergarten,
- identify students in need of early intervention instruction and promote differentiated instruction for all students,
- analyze the effectiveness of programs, such as extended-day kindergarten and preschool,
- provide opportunities for data-informed decision-making and cost-benefit analysis of early learning initiatives,
- identify effective instructional practices or strategies for improving student achievement outcomes in a targeted manner, and
- understand the influence and impact of full-day kindergarten on at-risk students in both the short- and long-term.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as "the Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.
Readiness Improvement Success Empowerment (RISE)
The RISE assessment is a computer adaptive criterion referenced assessment system that includes summative tests for English Language Arts (ELAs), Mathematics, Science, and Writing. The summative tests are scheduled to be delivered to the following grades.
Benchmark Test - administered year long to prepare students for the Summative test in the spring.
Beginning of Year (BOY)
Beginning of School Year - December 21, 2021 - January 4, 2021- June 10, 2022
Middle of Year (MOY)
January 4, 2022 - March 4, 2022
End of Year (EOY)
March 5 - June 10, 2022
Mathematics Grades 3-8
Science Grades 4-8
Writing Grades 5 and 8 only
Testing Window: March 15 - June 10, 2022
Utah Aspire Plus
The Utah Aspire Plus assessment is a hybrid of ACT Aspire and Utah Core test items. It is a computer delivered, fixed form end-of-grade-level high school assessment for students in 9 and 10. Utah Aspire Plus includes four subtests: reading, English, mathematics, and science. Students receive predicted ACT score ranges for each subtest, as well as an overall predicted composite ACT score range. The assessment also provides proficiency scores for end-of-grade-level expectations for 9th and 10th grade students in English language arts, mathematics, and science.
Grades Assessed 9-10
Testing Window: The Utah Aspire Plus assessment window will be open from March 7, 2022 until May 13, 2022.
High School (HS) Core Benchmarks
Utah Core Standards Benchmarks for Grades 9-12
The Utah Core Standards Benchmark Assessments are a productivity tool for Utah teachers and students that focus on specific strands within the Utah Core Standards. The Benchmarks are testlets—typically between 8 and 15 items, depending on the content area—that are designed to give teachers and students an opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses with specific knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined in the Utah Core Standards.
The following are available as part of the Utah Core Standards Benchmark Assessments:
- Earth and Space Science
- Reading Informational
- Reading Informational 10
- Reading Literature 9
- Reading Literature 10
- Listening Comprehension 9
- Listening Comprehension 10
- Editing 9
- Editing 10
- Secondary Mathematics I
- Secondary Mathematics II
- Secondary Mathematics III
Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS)
WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through high quality WIDA English Language Development Standards (ELD), assessments, research, and professional learning for educators. Utah uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten.
(Grades 1-12) identify English Learners (ELs). ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) is given to all EL students during the annual testing window to measure proficiency and growth toward academic language proficiency in English.
All who administer WIDA assessments must be certified. To become certified to administer and score Utah WIDA assessments, test administrators must annually complete the WIDA online training course for the appropriate assessment and grade span and score 80% or higher on the end-of-module quiz.
ACCESS Testing Requirements
ACCESS for ELLs Online is Utah's online summative assessment of EL students. It is developed and maintained by WIDA.
This assessment is administered for a number of purposes:
- to measure individual students' progress in achieving proficiency in speaking, listening to, comprehending, reading, and writing academic English,
- to determine the success of language development programs in individual schools and school districts, and
- to fulfill federal requirements of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.
All EL students must be tested annually using the ACCESS assessment. When students earn a Proficiency Level of 5.0 or higher, they are considered fluent in English. Students are then re-designated to monitoring status for four years. Students are not required to take the ACCESS assessment during these four years of monitoring. The Local Education Agency (LEA/Summit Academy) may use appropriate data, evaluation, and team-based problem solving to consider reclassifying the student as EL if, while in monitoring status, the student demonstrates consistent and continued need for increased language support services.
For students in grades 1 through 12, LEAs are required to give WIDA Access for ELLs Summative Assessment. ACCESS Paper is allowable for students with specific needs (e.g. students with disabilities; recently arrived English Learners, such as immigrant and refugee students).
Students with significant cognitive disabilities who take Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)/Utah Alternate Assessment (UAA) are eligible for WIDA Alternate Access for ELLs.
Students in Kindergarten are administered WIDA Kindergarten Access for ELLs.
Screener Testing Requirements
LEAs are required to administer a WIDA Screener to newly enrolled students who indicate on the home language survey that they speak any language other than English. Screener is available to LEAs all year; however, federal and state law requires that students must be administered Screener within 30 days of enrollment within the first month of school, and within 10 days of enrollment thereafter. Screener should only be administered once during a student's enrollment in Utah schools.
Students are eligible for EL services if they earn a score of 1-4.9 on Screener for grades K-12.
For students in grades 1 through 12, LEAs are required to give WIDA Screener Online. WIDA Screener Online is allowable for students with specific needs (e.g. students with disabilities; recently arrived English Learners, such as immigrant and refugee students). Both Screener online and Screener Paper are provided by Utah State Board of Education at no cost to LEAs.
Students in Kindergarten are given the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten
Screener: Available all year
ACCESS Testing Window: January 6, 2022 through March 4, 2022.