Bureau of Indian Education

Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2016.


BIE uses Kindergarten W-APT, 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 takes place in February.

Testing Dates

10/12/20-12/11/20 Test materials ordering available in AMS (Schools/LEAs)
1/11/21-3/12/21 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/21/21-1/27/21 Schools/LEAs receive test materials
1/21/21-3/4/21 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/25/21-3/12/21 Test Window
3/19/21 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/8/21-4/13/21 Pre-reporting data validation – Schools/LEAs in AMS
5/24/21 Schools/LEAs receive reports – online
6/7/21-6/11/21 Schools/LEAs receive reports – printed

Resources and Requirements

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 Online Checklist ACCESS for ELLs Paper ChecklistIdentification and Placement Guidance

Agency Testing Requirements

Use the BIE Home Language Survey (HLS) at initial enrollment to determine the presence of other languages that may impact students’ academic performance. Refer to the Identification and Placement Guidance document for additional next steps.

Home Language Survey Information

Continuing Student Parent Notification Letter

New Student Parent Notification Letter

Professional Learning

Self-Paced eWorkshops

Starting Sept. 1, 2020, BIE educators have access to WIDA’s self-paced eWorkshops 2020-2021 offerings. View the flyer for full eWorkshop descriptions and intended audiences. A flyer will be sent out August 19, 2020 to schools.

All eWorkshops are free and available in the eLearning Center in the WIDA Secure Portal. Don’t have a WIDA Secure Portal account? For teachers contact your schools WIDA test coordinator / WIDA test coordinators contact: Pamela.Speaks@bie.edu

Facilitated eWorkshops

The following 2020-21 WIDA Facilitated eWorkshops for BIE Leadership (principals) and educators for the months of October and November. Schools will be contacted by email in the month of September 2020 for registration sign-up. There is a limited number of participants of 35 for each training. View the flyers below for more information and webinar dates and times.

School Leaders: Ensuring Equity for Multilingual Learners (online Leading Schools alternative)

Facilitator: Lori Hanna
Who should attend: Principals and Test Coordinators

Scaffolding Learning through Language Webinar Series

Facilitator: Edith Nava
Who should attend: Teachers



Pamela Speaks
Education Specialist - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA)
Bureau of Indian Education
(612) 723-1788

WIDA Client Services Center
Contact us for questions about training materials and 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 School Coordinators should contact Pamela Speaks at pamela.speaks@bie.edu to obtain an account.

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 School Coordinators should contact Pamela Speaks at pamela.speaks@bie.edu to obtain an account.