Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2010.


Minnesota uses the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten, and WIDA Screener (for second semester of grade 1 through grade 12) to identify multilingual learners for English learner (EL) status.

ACCESS for ELLs or WIDA Alternate ACCESS must be administered to all ELs in grades K-12 during the annual testing window, which typically takes place from late January to late March.

Testing Dates

11/27/23-12/15/23Indicate the number of online testers for grades 1-12 and order test materials during Materials Ordering in WIDA AMS
12/14/23Deadline for updating student enrollment data for EL students
1/8/24-3/22/24Test administration tasks available in WIDA AMS
1/22/24Receive paper test materials and student labels
1/22/24-3/15/24Order additional paper test materials in WIDA AMS
1/29/24-3/22/24Testing window
3/29/24Deadline to ship paper test materials to DRC
5/20/24-6/7/24Posttest Editing in Test WES for all statewide assessments
5/20/24Start retrieving early student-level results in Test WES
TBDReports and data files available - online in WIDA AMS
TBDReports available in districts - printed

Resources and Requirements

See below for state specific information and resource documents, 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 Checklist Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

English Language Proficiency Screener Testing Information

WIDA Screener for Kindergarten

  • Use listening and speaking domains in 1st semester of Kindergarten and if using with 4-year-olds.
  • Use all four domains in 2nd semester of Kindergarten and in 1st semester of Grade 1.
  • Accommodations are available as required by a student’s IEP or 504 plan.

WIDA Online and Paper Screener

  • Use second semester of grade 1 through grade 12.
  • Accommodations are available as required by a student’s IEP or 504 plan.

ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS

The ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS are used to measure progress towards proficiency as described by the WIDA English Language Development Standards. Test administration and test security policies are detailed in the Procedures Manual for the Minnesota Statewide Assessments. Refer to Test Administration Considerations for ACCESS in Chapter 8 for administration details specific to Minnesota.

Test Preparation and Training

Each year, Test Administrators are required to be trained before administering the ACCESS or WIDA Alternate ACCESS. The MDE training requirements for each test are detailed in Chapter 7 of the Procedures Manual for the Minnesota Statewide Assessments in the section "Training". For quick reference, view Training Requirements for ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS.

  • WIDA training courses for grades 1–12 ACCESS, Kindergarten ACCESS, and WIDA Alternate ACCESS are available in the WIDA Secure Portal.
  • MDE trainings for test security and active monitoring are posted in the Learning Management System.

Requirements for Selecting ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS Test Administrators

Minnesota guidance on selecting test administrators for the ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS is described in Chapter 7 of the Procedures Manual for the Minnesota Statewide Assessments in the section “Selecting Test Administrators and Test Monitors.” For quick reference, view Test Administrators for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS.

For information related to continued EL instruction during the testing window, refer to the MDE English Learner website, which contains Guidance on English Learner Instruction during ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS Testing.

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

Minnesota Standardized English Learner Procedures: Identifying Students as English Learners Using the WIDA Online or Paper Screener

  • Contains state-specific guidance on identification and placement of ELs in Minnesota, including information about the use of Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL (for Kindergarten), and WIDA Screener.

Using English Language Proficiency Screeners in Minnesota

  • ​Contains state-specific guidance on Screener assessment administration, including Q&A and links to resources.

Procedures Manual for Minnesota Statewide Assessments

  • This manual is Minnesota's main resource for statewide testing policies and procedures, containing information on test administration, test security, and use of results. District Assessment Coordinators are the primary audience but chapters or sections may be referenced and used by any staff involved in testing.

ACCESS/WIDA Alternate ACCESS Irregularities 2023-24

  • This document outlines some situations or mis-administrations that may occur during ACCESS and WIDA Alternate ACCESS testing and require action by the district, MDE, or DRC.

Maintaining Rater Reliability in Scoring ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Speaking Test

  • A guidance document that explains what rater reliability is, why it is important, and how it can be achieved.

Rater Reliability Calculator - ACCESS Paper Speaking

  • A tool to report rater reliability statistics for raters who administer and score the ACCESS Paper Speaking test.

Using the Rater Reliability Calculator

  • A how-to-guide that explains the use of the rater reliability calculator.

Standards and Instructional Support

Minnesota Standards Alignment Report (PDF)

  • Presents the results of an alignment study conducted in 2011 to examine the relationship between the Model Performance Indicators (MPIs) contained in the WIDA English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards 2007 Edition, and the Minnesota Academic Standards in Math and Science.

English Language Development Standards Implementation (PDF)

  • Provides guidance and support to educators as they implement the WIDA ELD Standards.

Professional Learning

How MN District Staff Can Access WIDA Self-Paced Workshops

  • This document explains how teachers and other staff can request WIDA eLearning access from their District Coordinator for WIDA eLearning. Instructions are also provided to help districts and charter schools identify and set up district-wide accounts for new eLearning coordinators so they can generate accounts for any staff member with a district or charter school e-mail address.

WIDA Self-Paced Workshops

  • An overview of the self-paced workshops that will be available in 2023-24.


ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration
(651) 582-8674

English Learner Program, WIDA Screener and WIDA eLearning
English Learner and Multilingual Learner Education
(651) 582-8579

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 training modules and administration manuals and other testing resources, as well as Online Professional Learning modules.

  • To obtain an account as a Test Administrator, contact your District Assessment Coordinator.
  • New District Assessment Coordinators should contact mde.testing@state.mn.us to be approved for an account.
  • For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at help@wida.us 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 and Alternate ACCESS materials, manage your student and test information, and find technology resources and testing software.

  • To obtain an account, contact your District Assessment Coordinator.
  • New District Assessment Coordinators should contact mde.testing@state.mn.us to be approved for an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.