District of Columbia

Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2004.


The District of Columbia uses Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten, and WIDA Screener (for Grades 1-12) to identify English learners (ELs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELs in grades K-12 during the annual statewide testing window, which typically lasts from late February to mid-April.

Testing Dates

1/16/19 Test Materials Ordering via Pre-ID File (SEA)
1/29/19-4/5/19 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
2/15/19 Districts receive test materials
2/25/19-4/5/19 Test Window
2/15/19-3/29/19 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
5/9/19-5/16/19 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
6/13/19 Districts receive reports – Printed and online

Requirements and Resources

See below for state-specific information and resources related to the ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency (ELP) 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 

State Testing Requirements

  • In 2018-19, ACCESS for ELLs will be administered online. Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will be given as a paper-based assessment. Alternate ACCESS will be only available for students whose IEP or 504 plan necessitates it.
  • The paper-based ACCESS for ELLs test in grades 1-12 can be requested for students with disabilities who have the paper-based accommodation identified on their IEP.
  • The default response mode for 4th and 5th Grade Writing test will be keyboarding. However, this is an LEA-level decision; the default response option can be changed to handwriting prior to test administration. The LEA technology coordinator will have the capabilities to alter these settings.
  • Test Administrators must pass all web-based quizzes with a score of 80% or higher for the tests they will be administering. Training certificates on the WIDA Secure Portal will be updated as a record of completion. Your LEA Test Coordinator may require you to submit physical proof of certification. Contact your test coordinator for more information.
  • Administrators of the paper-based test should note that if they are scoring Speaking, they will need to complete an additional Speaking Scoring module and Speaking certification quiz.

Test Preparation and Training

  • In order to set up an account for the ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Training Course in the WIDA Secure Portal, contact your LEA test coordinator.
  • You must take the Test Administrator Training Quizzes, with a passing score of 80%, in order to administer ACCESS.
  • Once you have taken the complete training and passed the quizzes, only the Speaking portion of the training and its corresponding quiz must be retaken every year (ACCESS for ELLs Paper only).
  • You do not need to show proof of your passing quiz grades from previous years. D.C. Public Schools maintains a list of individuals with passing quiz grades for each year. Charter school teachers must provide proof of a passing quiz grade.

Test Security

  • Administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 as prescribed in the appropriate Testing Integrity Act, regulations, policies and manuals (unless expressly amended in writing by OSSE).
  • Secure all state test materials to include all testing materials used to facilitate paper- and computer-based testing, and prohibit unauthorized access to secure test questions and materials at all times.
  • Immediately report any breach of testing security to the school’s test monitor, the LEA’s test integrity coordinator(s), and OSSE; Follow the technical difficulties process and report computer-based/online difficulties that impact the security of test administration.
  • Return/dispose of all secure and non-secure test materials following procedures outlined in the appropriate testing manuals and OSSE Test Security Guidelines.
  • Submit Test Integrity and Test Security Affidavit forms for each school monitor to the LEA test integrity coordinator(s) within 10 business days after the conclusion of the last statewide assessment.

Standards and Instructional Support

Information and resources in support of the English Language Development (ELD) standards can be found on WIDA’s website here:


Michael Craig
Assessment Specialist – Special Populations
(202) 257-3371

Anika E. Harris
Professional Development Specialist
(202) 478-5993

WIDA Client Services Center
Contact us for questions about training materials, 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 help@wida.us, call (866) 276-7735, or contact your LEA Test Coordinator.
  • New LEA Test Coordinators should contact Michael Craig at Michael.Craig@dc.gov to create an account.
  • For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at help@wida.us 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.

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