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

10/14/19-11/26/19 Test materials ordering available in AMS (Schools/LEAs)
1/13/20-2/28/20 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/23/20-1/29/20 Schools/LEAs receive test materials
1/27/20-2/28/20 Test Window
1/23/20-2/19/20 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
3/6/20 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
3/26/20-3/31/20 Pre-reporting data validation – Schools/LEAs in AMS
5/15/20 Schools/LEAs receive reports – online
5/19/20-5/26/20 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 Checklist

State-Specific Directions Identification 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.

Continuing Student Parent Notification Letter

New Student Parent Notification Letter

Professional Learning

BIE offers state-specific WIDA professional learning to LEAs (see attached).

BIE Professional Learning Calendar


Aurelia Shorty
Education Specialist/District Test Coordinator (Navajo)
(928) 871-5933

Laura Lowe
Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessments – Education Specialist
(505) 563-5389

Sandra Poolaw
Supervisory Education Specialist – Assessment & Accountability
(505) 563-5429

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 Laura Lowe at laura.lowe@bie.edu or Sandra Poolaw at sandra.poolaw@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 Laura Lowe at laura.lowe@bie.edu or Sandra Poolaw at sandra.poolaw@bie.edu to obtain an account.