Founding member of the WIDA Consortium since 2003.


Delaware uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener Online (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 from early February to late March.

Testing Dates

1/11/24-3/8/24WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Registrations
1/19/23Districts Receive Test Materials
1/19/24-3/1/24Additional Test Material Ordering Window in WIDA AMS
1/29/24-3/8/24Test Window
3/19/24Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC
5/1/24Reports and Data Files Available - Online 
5/16/24Reports Available in District - Printed
9/16/24Alternate ACCESS Reports and Data Files Available - Online
10/3/24Alternate ACCESS Reports Available in District - Printed

Requirements and Resources

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

State Testing Requirements

Delaware's ELLs in Grades 1–12 will take ACCESS for ELLs Online. The Delaware Department of Education requires ELLs take the online version except in cases where online testing is not technologically feasible, or if the paper version is needed as an accommodation. If there is a reason a district will need to consider the paper version (i.e. district lacks the necessary technology infrastructure for a successful administration), a district must submit a KACE Help Desk ticket through their district or charter test coordinator for permission.

Note: Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will remain paper-based.

Delaware's 4th and 5th grade students will keyboard their responses to the Writing test.

Test Preparation and Training
  • Administrators of the paper-based test should note that if they are scoring Speaking, they will need to complete the Speaking scoring training and quiz(zes).
  • To access the Test Administrator Training Course, please contact your District ESL Coordinator or DDOE Office of Assessment for help setting up your account.
  • A passing score of 80% is required on all Test Administrator Training Quizzes for the test you are required to administer. 
  • You do not need to show proof to the District ESL Coordinator or DOE that you passed your quizzes – they are able to view your training history in the WIDA Secure Portal.
Additional Resources

Standards and Instructional Support

The WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, was released in December 2020. To learn more about Delaware’s timeline for rollout and implementation of the 2020 Edition, please visit our Schoology group (Delaware Educators of Multilingual Learners) using code SVM4C-F35C7.

Professional Learning

Contact the Multilingual Learner Coordinator in your district or charter to learn about upcoming WIDA offerings and Professional Learning Opportunities.


April McCrae
Interim Director of the Office of Assessment 
Office of Assessment
(302) 735-4093 

Maria Rodriguez
Content Lead
Education Associate, English Learners
(302) 735-4097

Michelle Jackson
Accommodations and Alt Lead
Office of Assessment
(302) 857-3306

Sameer Tiwari 
Assessment Operations Manager
Office of Assessment
(302) 857-3324  

WIDA Client Services Center 
Contact us for questions about training materials, 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 Information Security Officer.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Theresa Bennett at to create an account.
  • For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at or call (866) 276-7735.

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, call (855) 787-9615, or contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact DRC Customer Service to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.