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.

ACCESS for ELLs 2022-2023 Testing Schedule

North Dakota 2022-2023 ACCESS for ELLs Testing Dates


Testing Specifics Start End 
SEA Loads Pre-ID File into WIDA AMS

Wed     11/30/22

Wed     11/30/22
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Test Sessions Thurs     12/8/22 Thurs     2/17/23
Districts Receive Test Materials Tues     1/3/23 Wed     1/4/23

During Testing

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Test Window Mon    1/9/23 Fri       2/17/23
Additional Test Materials Ordering in WIDA AMS Tues       1/3/23 Fri       2/10/23


Testing Specifics Start End 
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC Wed     1/11/23 Thurs     2/23/23
Pre-Reporting Data Validation - LEAs in WIDA AMS Fri       3/10/23 Thurs     3/23/23
Reports and Data Files Available - Online in WIDA AMS Fri       4/28/23 Fri         4/28/23
Reports Available in Districts - Printed Thurs     5/4/23 Fri       5/5/23
Post-Reporting Data Validation - Data File to SEA Fri       5/5/23 Fri       5/5/23
Post-Reporting Data Validation - DRC Receives Data File from SEA Wed     5/17/23 Wed       5/17/23
Updated Data Posted in WIDA AMS Tues       6/6/23 Tues     6/6/23


ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Training
  • 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.
  • To obtain a WIDA AMS or WIDA Secure Portal account, contact your District Test Coordinator.
ACCESS for ELLs Resources
  • Visit the WIDA North Dakota page for state-specific information and resources, including ND’s ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, Identification and Placement Guidance document, and testing requirements.
  • On the WIDA Secure Portal you can manage your WIDA account, complete training courses, and gain access to resources only available to WIDA members.
  • The Secure Portal User Guide provides a quick overview of some of the most frequently used features of the WIDA Secure Portal, as well as step by step instructions for accessing these features.
  • WIDA AMS (Assessment Management System) is a secure online system used for the preparation and administration of ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments and WIDA Screener Online.
  • The WIDA AMS User Guide provides an explanation and assistance in the use of the features and functionality within the AMS system.
  • Heritage Language Codes are state-designated codes used to help indicate the student's primary language in ACCESS. Heritage Language is the language or dialect first learned by an individual or first used by the Parent/Guardian with a child.
  • ACCESS Non-Participation Reporting