WIDA ACCESS for ELLs is the annual North Dakota English Language Proficiency Assessment in which all English Learners must participate. The assessment measures students’ academic English language in each of the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The content of the assessments aligns with the five North Dakota English Language Development Standards: Social & Instructional Language, Language of Language Arts, Language of Mathematics, Language of Science, and Language of Social Studies.

ACCESS for ELLs is administered online for grades 1-12 and paper-based for kindergarten students. Students' ACCESS scores reflect proficiency levels ranging from Level 1 (Entering) to Level 6 (Reaching). Educators use ACCESS results, along with other resources, to make decisions about programming for English learners to facilitate their language development.

The information in the files below is also available in the EL Coordinator and EL Educator Teams and SharePoint sites. To request access to appropriate EL Teams or EL SharePoint sites, please contact the NDDPI EL Programs Office.

ACCESS 2.0 2020-2021 Testing Schedule


  • Fri 12/11/20 - Fri 2/19/21: WIDA AMS Test Setup Available
  • Mon 1/4/21 - Tue 1/5/21: Districts Receive Test Materials (On)

During Testing

  • Mon 1/11/21 - Fri 2/19/21: TEST WINDOW
  • Tue 1/5/21 - Mon 2/15/21: Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS


  • Thu 2/25/21: Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC
  • Fri 3/12/21 - Thu 3/25/21: Pre-Reporting Data Validation - LEAs in AMS
  • Mon 4/26/21: Reports and Data Files Available Online (On)
  • Thu 4/29/21 - Fri 4/30/21:  Districts Receive Reports - Printed (On)
  • Mon 4/26/21 - Thur 5/6/21:  Post-Reporting Data Validation - LEAs in AMS
  • Thu 5/20/21: Data Posted in AMS
ACCESS 2.0 Test Administration Training


  • Go to ACCESS Quick Start Guide for a downloadable guide to preparing and administering ACCESS for ELs.
  • To obtain a WIDA AMS or WIDA Secure Portal account, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • North Dakota requires that all personnel who come into contact with the WIDA assessments must complete ANNUAL training(s) for all tests being administered. For specific requirements, see the ND State Page of the WIDA website.

2020-2021 Q&A WIDA Webinar Schedule

ACCESS 2.0 Test Guidance Files

WIDA AMS User Guide, available in WIDA AMS as a manual for test administrators with a login under General/Documents.

Additional Materials