Northern Mariana Islands

Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2012.


Northern Mariana Islands uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener (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 mid-February through mid-March.

Testing Dates

1/24/24-3/22/24WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Registrations
1/18/24Districts Receive Test Materials
1/18/24-3/15/24Additional Test Material Ordering Window in WIDA AMS
2/5/24-3/22/24Test Window
3/28/24Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC
5/24/24Receive ACCESS Reports and Data Files - Online in WIDA AMS
6/12/24Receive ACCESS Reports – Printed
9/13/24Receive WIDA Alternate ACCESS Reports and Data Files – Online in WIDA AMS
10/2/24Receive 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 Checklist 

State Testing Requirements
  • Students in Grades 1-12 take ACCESS for ELLs Online. Students in Kindergarten continue to take the assessment through a paper-based kit.
  • Students in Grades 1-3 handwrite their responses on the Writing domain.
  • Students in Grades 6-12 who are unable to keyboard their Writing responses have the option of handwriting their responses. Writing Response Booklets for students in Grades 6-12 can be ordered during the Additional Test Material Ordering Window, if necessary.
Test Preparation and Training
  • ACCESS for ELLs training courses can be found on the WIDA Secure Portal. Test Administrators must review the applicable courses and pass the relevant certification quizzes with a score of 80% or higher to be certified.
  • Recorded webinars on a variety of ACCESS-related topics are available in the WIDA Secure Portal. Educators can also visit the Professional Learning page to register for live webinars, if desired. 
  • To be certified to administer ACCESS, Test Administrators are required to review the appropriate ACCESS training course and pass the associated certification quiz with a score of 80% or higher.
  • ACCESS training courses are located on the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your District Test Coordinator if you do not have an account.
  • CNMI-PSS recommends that educators complete training and certification annually, but recertification is not required if the educator has completed training the previous year.
  • Your District Test Coordinator will be able to view your proof of certification, but may require you to submit a physical copy. Contact your District Test Coordinator for more information.

Professional Learning

Beginning September 1, 2023, educators in the Northern Mariana Islands will have the opportunity to participate in six Self-Paced Workshops developed by WIDA; a trusted name in the field of English learner education and assessment. The following Workshops will be available in the Professional Learning section of the WIDA Secure Portal:

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

WIDA Self-Paced Workshops cover a range of topics intended for a variety of audiences, from K-12 classroom teachers to English as a Second Language Specialists to district and school administrators. All Workshops are FREE and available when and where it is convenient for you!! View the Self-Paced Workshops flyer for full descriptions and intended audiences.

Need a secure portal account to access the eLearning workshops? Contact Fasefulu Tigilau at the CNMI Department of Education.


Dr. Rizalina Liwag
Senior Director
Accountability, Research & Evaluation

Fasefulu Raymond Tigilau
Assessment Program Manager
State Assessment Program
(670) 237-3024

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