Bureau of Indian Education

Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2016.


BIE uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten, WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten, and WIDA Screener (for Grades 1-12) to identify English language learners (ELLs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELLs during the annual testing window, which typically takes place in February.

Testing Dates

10/17/23-11/17/23Test materials ordering available in AMS (Schools/LEAs)
1/5/24-2/22/24WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/17/24-1/23/24Schools/LEAs receive test materials
1/17/24-2/15/24Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/22/24-2/22/24Test Window
2/29/24Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
3/18/24-4/1/24Pre-reporting data validation – Schools/LEAs in AMS
4/26/24Schools/LEAs receive reports – Online
5/8/24-5/14/24Schools/LEAs receive reports – Printed
5/6/24-5/17/24Post-Reporting Data Validation - LEAs/Schools in WIDA AMS
5/31/24Updated ACCESS Data Posted in WIDA AMS for SEA and Schools
7/9/24WIDA Alternate ACCESS Accountability Support File Available - Posted in DRC SFTP
9/12/24Districts Receive WIDA Alternate ACCESS Reports and Data Files - Online in WIDA AMS
9/30/24-10/4/24Districts Receive WIDA Alternate ACCESS Reports - Printed

Resources and Requirements

See below for state-specific information and resources related to ELL assessment, including your state’s ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, where you can find each step in the ACCESS testing process from beginning to end.

ACCESS for ELLs Online Checklist ACCESS for ELLs Paper ChecklistIdentification and Placement Guidance

Agency Testing Requirements

Use the BIE Home Language Survey (HLS) at initial enrollment to determine the presence of other languages that may impact students’ academic performance. Refer to the Identification and Placement Guidance document for additional next steps.

BIE Home Language Survey Example

BIE Pre-K Home Language Survey (HLS)

Home Language Survey Information

Continuing Student Parent Notification Letter

New Student Parent Notification Letter

BIE English Language Academic Plan (ELAP) for SY 2023-2024

Understanding the ELAP, A Guide for Parents and Caregivers of English Learners

Notification of Exit from EL Services

Professional Learning

Self-Paced Workshops

Starting Sept. 1, 2023, BIE educators have access to WIDA’s Self-Paced Workshops 2023-2024 offerings. View the flyer for full workshop descriptions and intended audiences.

All Self-Paced Workshops are free and available in the Professional Learning section of the WIDA Secure Portal. Don’t have a WIDA Secure Portal account? For teachers, contact your school's WIDA test coordinator. WIDA test coordinators contact: Pamela.Speaks@bie.edu

Facilitated Workshop

The following 2022-23 WIDA Facilitated Hybrid Workshop for BIE Leadership (administrators) will be offered during the months of November and December. Registration info coming soon! The number of participants for this training is limited to 35 administrators. View the flyer below for more information and the dates and times of the webinar and in-person workshop.

Teacher Leaders: Planning with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework (November & December)

Facilitator: Lauren Bartholomae
Who should attend: Administrators



Pamela Speaks
Education Specialist - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA)
Bureau of Indian Education
(505) 274-3606

WIDA Client Services Center
Contact us for questions about training materials and test administration procedures, classroom resources, or for problems with your WIDA Secure Portal account.

(866) 276-7735

Logging In

WIDA Secure Portal

Use the WIDA Secure Portal to access test training manuals and resources, as well as Online Professional Learning modules.

  • To obtain a new login, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New School Coordinators should contact Pamela Speaks at pamela.speaks@bie.edu to obtain an account.

WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS)

WIDA AMS is managed by our partner company Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). You can order ACCESS materials, manage your student and test information, and find technology resources and testing software via WIDA AMS.

  • To obtain a new login, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New School Coordinators should contact Pamela Speaks at pamela.speaks@bie.edu to obtain an account.