Technology

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Technology requirements for WIDA assessments

Each version of the online assessments requires some or all of the technology listed below.

The Technology Coordinator for each assessment should begin preparing devices for testing between two and four weeks before testing begins. This allows enough time to properly install software, make any network or firewall changes, and test the entire system for readiness.

If you need help, please contact the appropriate support area for the assessment you will be administering:

ACCESS for ELLs Online and WIDA Screener Online

DRC Customer Service
1-855-787-9615
WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com

WIDA MODEL Online

MetriTech Customer Service
1-800-747-4868
modelsupport@metritech.com

    Technology Requirements by Assessment

    Note: You must visit WIDA AMS (or the WIDA Secure Portal) to view all resources referenced below.

    ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Screener

    WIDA AMS: a web-based interface used to perform administrative functions. This does not require any installation – just a current web browser.

    • WIDA AMS User Guide
    • WIDA AMS Video Tutorial

    ACCESS for ELLs Online and WIDA Screener Online

    Central Office Service Service Device (COS-SD): a web-based, locally installed application that helps Technology Coordinators plan, configure and manage their testing environment. This requires you to download and install a software package on a local device.*

    • COS SD Technology User Guide
    • Supported System Requirement
    • COS-SD Technology Readiness Checklist

    DRC INSIGHT: a secure browser that delivers online assessments to students. This requires a software install on each local student testing device.

    • DRC Technology User Guide
    • DRC Supported System Requirements
    • Headset Specifications
    • Technology Installations Webinar

    A full list of Technology Coordinator resources can be found in WIDA-AMS.

    *Testing Site Manager (TSM): Support for this software package ended on 8/15/2019. All sites must use the COS-SD.

    • Tech bulletin – TSM to COS-SD
    • Migrating an Existing TSM Configuration to a COS-SD Configuration
    • TSM to COS-SD Transition Webinar

    WIDA MODEL Online

    This system is made up of the following components:

    Administrative Module: a web-based interface used to perform administrative functions for the online system. This does not require any installation — just a current web browser.

    • Quick Start Guide
    • User’s Guide
    • Test Administration Manual
    • FAQ

    Secure Student Browser: a secure browser that delivers online assessments to students. This requires a software install on each local student testing device.

    • Software Download
    • Installation Instructions
    • FAQ

    Log in to WIDA MODEL to review these resources.