Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2011.


Maryland uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener (for Grades 1-12) to identify English learners (ELs). ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Alternate ACCESS are given to ELs during the annual testing window, which typically takes place from early January through the end of February.

Testing Dates

12/8/23-3/1/24WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Registrations
1/3/24Districts Receive Test Materials 
1/3/24-2/23/24Additional Test Material Ordering Window in WIDA AMS
1/8/24-2/16/24Test Window (Make-Up Test Window: 2/20-3/1)
3/4/24Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC
5/1/24Reports and Data Files Available - Online in WIDA AMS
5/17/24Reports Available in District – Printed
9/16/24WIDA Alternate ACCESS Reports and Data Files Available – Online in WIDA AMS
10/3/24WIDA Alternate ACCESS Reports Available in District - Printed


Requirements and Resources

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

ACCESS for ELLs Online Checklist ACCESS for ELLs Paper Checklist

State Testing Requirements
  • ACCESS for ELLs Online is administered for English learners (ELs) in Grades 1-12. ELs in Grades 1-3 continue to take the Writing domain in paper booklets.
  • Kindergarten and WIDA Alternate ACCESS remain paper-based assessments.
  • ELs with special needs may take ACCESS for ELLs Paper if indicated in their IEP or 504 Plan.
  • ELs in Grades 4-5 keyboard their Writing responses. For newly arrived ELs and/or ELs who have considerable difficulty in keyboarding, local school systems may order handwriting response booklets in the additional materials ordering window. (Handwriting response booklets for Grades 4-12 will not be sent to schools/local school systems with the initial shipment.)
Test Preparation and Training
  • The online training courses for ACCESS for ELLs can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal. The ESOL Office in your county will need to set up an account for you.
  • All Test Administrators must take the applicable training courses and pass the included certification quiz in the WIDA Secure Portal in order to administer ACCESS for ELLs.
  • Check with your ESOL Coordinator to find out whether you must recertify for ACCESS for ELLs. If administering ACCESS for ELLs Paper, you must certify on the Speaking scoring training each year.
  • Your Local Accountability Coordinator (LAC) will be able to view past training history, but check with your ESOL Coordinator to find out whether you must turn in physical proof of your certification each year.

The EL/Title III Office in the Maryland State Department of Education will offer training and the information will be shared directly with the LACs and ESOL Coordinators

English Learners with Disabilities

ACCESS for ELLs accommodations are available ONLY for ELs with disabilities when they are listed in an approved IEP and 504 Plan. Please refer to the Maryland Content Tests vs ACCESS for ELLs for ELSWD Crosswalk for additional information. 

The Unique Accommodations Request Form (Maryland Assessment, Accessibility, & Accommodations Policy Manual: Appendix F) should be completed in rare or unique situations when a request is made for an English learner (EL) with a disability to receive an accommodation that is not part of Maryland's approved list of accommodations for ACCESS for ELLs.

State Entry and Exit Criteria

See Maryland's EL Entry and Exit Criteria for minimum scores for placement and exit from EL services.


Maryland Spoiled Test Booklet Procedures

Maryland Spoiled Test Booklet Procedures

Standards and Instructional Support

In the spring of 2021, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) rolled out the updated standards resource documents and training that accompany the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Framework, 2020 Edition. 

For more information about the ELD Standards and implementation, please visit MSDE English Learners: English Language Development Standards website. 

Professional Learning

All Maryland public school K-12 educators have free unlimited access to nine Self-Paced Workshops that offer relevant, practical content that will build capacity in supporting multilingual learners. Workshop titles include:

  • Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics
  • Engaging Multilingual Learners in Science: Making Sense of Phenomena
  • Exploring the WIDA PreK-3 Essential Actions
  • Home Languages in the Classroom
  • Making Language Visible in the Classroom
  • Newcomers: Promoting Success through Strengthening Practice
  • Reframing Education for Long-term English Learners
  • Social Studies: Engaging Multilingual Learners through Inquiry
  • The WIDA ELD Standards Framework: A Collaborative Approach

All Self-Paced Workshops are accessible via the WIDA Secure Portal. To obtain a WIDA Secure Portal account, contact the ELD/ESOL/EL/ML office in your local education agency to obtain a WIDA Secure Portal log-in.

The following documents contain information about 2023-24 WIDA Facilitated Virtual Workshops for Maryland educators. Please contact for questions and additional information. 


Ilhye Yoon
EL/Title III Coordinator

WIDA Client Services Center 
Contact us for questions about training materials or 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 elearning modules.

  • To obtain a new login as a Test Administrator, contact your ESOL or Local Accountability Coordinator.
  • 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 for ELLs materials, manage your student and test information, and find technology resources and testing software.

  • To obtain a new login as a Test Administrator, contact your ESOL or Local Accountability Coordinator.
  • New Local Accountability Coordinators should contact their ESOL Coordinator to obtain an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.