Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2013.


Utah uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener Online (Grades 1-12) to identify English learners (ELs). WIDA Screener Paper is appropriate for recently arrived ELs and students with significant disabilities. WIDA MODEL is allowed for screening (acceptable for LEAs electing to fund this option). ACCESS for ELLs (Grades K-12) is given to all ELs during the annual testing window, which typically lasts from early January through early March. WIDA Alternate ACCESS is available for students with significant cognitive disabilities that qualify for Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM). 

Testing Dates

10/31/23-11/16/23Test Materials Ordering via AMS (LEAs) - Alternate and Braille Only
12/6/23-3/8/24WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Registrations
1/4/24-1/5/24Districts Receive Test Materials 
1/3/24-3/1/24Additional Test Material Ordering Window in WIDA AMS
1/8/24-3/8/24Test Window
3/18/24Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC
4/3/24-4/16/24Pre-Reporting Data Validation – LEAs in WIDA AMS 
5/2/24Reports and Data Files Available - Online in WIDA AMS
5/20/24Reports Available in District - Printed
9/12/24Alternate ACCESS Reports and Data Files Available – Online in WIDA AMS
10/3/24Alternate 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 and Requirements
  • LEAs are required to administer the Screener within 30 calendar days of enrollment within the first month of school, and within 10 school days of enrollment thereafter. (Students are eligible for EL services if they earn a score of 1-4.9 on Screener for grades K-12.)
  • To be certified to administer and score Utah WIDA assessments, test administrators must annually complete the WIDA online training course for the appropriate assessment and grade span.
  • All ELs must be tested annually using the ACCESS for ELLs assessment. When students earn an Overall Composite Score of 4.2 or higher and a Speaking Score of 3.5 or higher, they are considered fluent in English. Students are then re-designated to monitoring status for four years. Students are not required to take the ACCESS for ELLs assessment during these four years of monitoring. The LEA may use appropriate data, evaluation, and team-based problem solving to consider reclassifying the student as EL if, while in monitoring status, students demonstrate consistent and continued need for increased language support services.
  • For more information, please visit the Utah USBE Assessment and Accountability website.
Test Preparation and Training
  • To be certified to administer and score Utah WIDA assessments, test administrators must annually complete the WIDA online training course for the appropriate assessment and grade level cluster on the end-of-module quiz.
  • Utah Language Test Codes
State Specific Resources

Standards and Instructional Support

Additional instructional supports, home language surveys, and annual notification letters: USBE Title III: English Learners (ELs), Immigrants and Refugees

LEAs should pay particular attention to English learners with special needs and Utah’s refugee and immigrant populations who often enter into Utah’s schools with individual needs. LEAs should focus resources, as well as plan for, effective supports in transitioning into school and post-secondary opportunities that meet the students’ needs.

The WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, was released in December 2020. Please contact Christelle Estrada for questions regarding the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition.

Professional Learning

Continuing Sept. 1, 2023, all educators in Utah have access to WIDA's Self-Paced Workshops. View the Self-Paced Workshops flyer for full workshop descriptions and intended audiences. Credit and relicensure points will be awarded upon completion of an Self-Paced Workshop.

All Self-Paced Workshops are free and available in the WIDA Secure Portal. Don't have a WIDA Secure Portal account? Contact your district's/LEA's ALS director for an account.


Ann-Michelle Neal, Ed.S. 
Accountability, WIDA Assessment Specialist
(801) 538-7651

Megan Lopez, M.Ed. 
Secondary ELA Assessment Specialist, WIDA Testing Coordinator
(801) 538-7723

Christelle Estrada, Ph.D. 
Title III Education Specialist
(801) 538-7888

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, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Megan Lopez to create their 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 as a Test Administrator, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Megan Lopez to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.