Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2011.


Montana 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 lasts from early December through late February.

Testing Dates

11/2/23-2/23/24WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Registrations
11/28/23-11/29/23Districts Receive Test Materials 
11/28/23-2/16/24Additional Test Material Ordering Window in WIDA AMS
12/4/23-2/23/24Test Window
2/29/24Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC
4/26/24Reports and Data Files Available - Online 
5/8/24Reports Available in District – Printed
9/12/24Alternate ACCESS Reports and Data Files Available - Online
9/27/24Alternate 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 Checklist Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements
  • Montana uses ACCESS for ELLs Online. Alternate and Kindergarten ACCESS are paper-based assessments.
  • Students in Grades 4-5 keyboard their responses to the Writing test, but districts may change to a handwriting response mode if more appropriate for their students.
  • ACCESS training courses are available through the WIDA Secure Portal. System Test Coordinators create accounts for Test Administrators to access these training courses.
Test Preparation and Training
  • ACCESS for ELLs training materials can be found on the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your System Test Coordinator if you do not have an account on the Secure Portal.
  • WIDA Screener for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener training and test materials can be accessed through the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your System Test Coordinator if you need an account.
  • To be certified to administer WIDA assessments, including ACCESS, you must complete the applicable online training course.
  • You may view your current certifications on your My Profile page in the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your System Test Coordinator to find out whether a physical copy is needed for their records.
  • Test Administrators must take the certification quizzes and recertify every two years or any time an assessment changes. OPI recommends that Test Administrators always review the training materials prior to administration, especially for components where the TA will be scoring the responses.
Manuals, Guides and Test Materials
  • Montana’s ELP Guidance for School Districts – This guide contains state-specific information regarding identification and placement, ELL programs and services, ELL assessments in Montana, and state reporting requirements.

Standards and Instructional Support

The WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, is now available. To learn more about Montana’s timeline for rollout and implementation of the 2020 Edition, please visit the Office of Public Instruction’s website.

Professional Learning

Educators in Montana have access to WIDA's Self-Paced Workshops. View the Self-Paced Workshops flyer for full descriptions and intended audiences.

All Self-Paced Workshops are free and available in in the WIDA Secure Portal. Don't have a WIDA Secure Portal account? Contact the Montana OPI Assessment Team at 1.844.867.2569. 


Dylan Conway
Assessment Specialist
(406) 444-3511

Serena Wright
State Coordinator of Homeless Education
(406) 444-2036

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 Online Professional Learning modules.

  • To obtain a new login as a Test Administrator, contact your System Test Coordinator.
  • New System Test Coordinators should contact OPI 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). This is the portal for ordering ACCESS materials, managing your student and test information, and finding technology resources and testing software.

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