ACCESS for ELLs

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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.

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ACCESS for ELLs 2021-2022 Testing Schedule

Pre-Testing

  • Thu 12/9/21 - Fri 2/18/22: WIDA AMS Test Setup Available
  • Wed 1/5/22: Districts Receive Test Materials (On)

During Testing

  • Mon 1/10/22 - Fri 2/18/22: TEST WINDOW
  • Tue 1/4/22 - Fri 2/11/22: Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS

Post-Testing

  • Thu 2/24/22: Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC
  • Fri 3/11/22 - Thu 3/24/22: Pre-Reporting Data Validation - LEAs in AMS
  • Fri 4/29/22: Reports and Data Files Available Online
  • Thu 5/5/22 - Fri 5/6/22: Districts Receive Reports - Printed
  • Tue 5/3/22 - Fri 5/13/22: Post-Reporting Data Validation - SEAs in AMS
  • Wed 6/1/22: Data Available to State
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.

2021-2022 WIDA Q&A Webinar Schedule

Webinars are scheduled in Central Time and will be posted in the WIDA Secure Portal within a week after completion. Participants can join each webinar up to 30 minutes prior to the start time listed.

  • ACCESS for ELLs Online: Speaking Test and How it is Scored
    • Tuesday, July 20, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Central
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  • WIDA Screener for Kindergarten 
    • Tuesday, August 3, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • Get Familiar with the Redesigned WIDA Secure Portal
    • Tuesday, August 10, 1:00 - 2:30 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • WIDA Screener Online
    • Thursday, August 12, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • WIDA Screener Paper
    • Tuesday, August 17, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • Welcome Back: What's New in 2021
    • Tuesday, September 14, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • Pre-Testing: ACCESS for ELLs for Test Administrators
    • Thursday, September 16, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • Pre-Testing: ACCESS for ELLs for New District Test Coordinators
    • Tuesday, September 21,  1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  •  Pre-Testing: Software Updates & Technology Readiness Checklist
    • Thursday, September 23, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
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  •  Pre-Testing: Technology Installations
    • Tuesday, October 5, 1:00 - 2:30 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • Pre-Testing: Ordering Materials in WIDA AMS
    • Tuesday, October 12, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • Pre-Testing: Test Scheduling
    • Tuesday, October 19, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • Pre-Testing: Technology Coordinator Support for Test Administrators
    • Tuesday November 9, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs for New Test Administrators
    • Tuesday, November 16, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
  • During Testing: Managing Students in WIDA AMS (Online)
    • Thursday, November 18, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
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  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs for New Test Administrators
    • Tuesday, November 23, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
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  • During Testing: Managing Test Sessions (Online)
    • Tuesday, December 7, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
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  • During Testing: Managing Students in WIDA AMS (Paper)
    • Tuesday, December 14, 1:00 - 2:00 pm  Central
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  • During Testing: Managing Test Materials (Paper)
    • Tuesday, January 4,  1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
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  • During Testing: Technology Troubleshooting
    • Thursday, January 6, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
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  • Post-Testing: Returning Materials (Paper)
    • Thursday, January 27, 1:00 - 2:00 pm  Central
    • Join Here
  • During Testing: Monitoring Completion for Test Coordinators (Online)
    • Tuesday, February 1, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
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  • Post-Testing: Data Validation
    • Tuesday, March 8, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
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  • Post-Testing: Interpreting Score Reports
    • Tuesday, March 15, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central
    • Join Here
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