Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2006.


Kentucky uses WIDA Screener 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 from the beginning of January through early February.

Testing Dates

9/29/23-10/25/23Test materials ordering available in AMS (LEAs)
11/30/23-2/16/24WIDA AMS test setup available for registrations
12/5/23Districts receive test materials
12/5/23-2/9/24Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/4/24-2/16/24Test Window
3/1/24Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
3/20/24-4/3/24Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
4/26/24Districts receive reports – Online
5/8/24Districts receive reports – Printed
5/7/24-5/21/24Post-reporting data validation - SEA in AMS
9/11/24Districts receive WIDA Alternate ACCESS reports - Online
9/26/24Districts receive WIDA Alternate ACCESS reports - 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 Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

The Kentucky State Department of Education strongly encourages Grades 1-12 ELs be administered the online version of ACCESS for ELLs.

Kindergarten and WIDA Alternate ACCESS will remain paper-based.

Writing Domain (Testing Online)

  • For Grades 1-3, the prompts and responses will be entered in the test booklet
  • For Grades 4-12, the prompts and responses will be entered online
Test Preparation and Training

Test Administrators must complete the ACCESS for ELLs Online Training Course and pass the certification quiz with an 80% or higher. The course is located in the WIDA Secure Portal.

If you don’t yet have an account to access the Secure Portal, please contact your state facilitator: Chris Williams, (502) 564-4394 x4750,

  • You must take the Test Administrator Training Quizzes and receive a passing score of 80% on all applicable quizzes in order to administer ACCESS.
  • For ACCESS for ELLs Online (Grades 1-12), you must recertify annually by taking and passing the appropriate certification quiz.
  • For Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS, you must recertify annually by taking the appropriate certification quiz.

Professional Learning

Starting September 1, 2023, educators in Kentucky have access to WIDA's Self-Paced Workshops. View the Workshops flyer for full descriptions and intended audiences.

All Self-Paced Workshops are free and available in the WIDA Secure Portal. Don't have a WIDA Secure Portal account? Contact Chris Williams, WIDA Assessment Coordinator: (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750;


Chris Williams 
Assessment Program Consultant
(502) 564-4394 ext. 4750

Kaiman Triplett
EL Consultant
(502) 564-3791

Brandy Neal
EL Consultant
(502) 564-3791 ext. 4131

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 Chris Williams at or call (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750.
  • 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 your District Assessment or Building Assessment Coordinator.
  • New District Assessment Coordinators or Technology Coordinators should contact Chris Williams at or call (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750 to request an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.