Founding member of the WIDA Consortium since 2003.


Delaware uses WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener Online (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 from early February to late March.

Testing Dates

1/17/22-3/25/22 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/20/22 Districts receive test materials
1/20/22-3/18/22 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
2/1/22-3/18/22 Test Window
3/28/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
5/10/22 Districts receive reports – Online
5/25/22 Districts receive reports - 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 Online Checklist ACCESS for ELLs Paper ChecklistIdentification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

Delaware's ELLs in Grades 1–12 will take ACCESS for ELLs Online. The Delaware Department of Education requires ELLs take the online version except in cases where online testing is not technologically feasible, or if the paper version is needed as an accommodation. If there is a reason a district will need to consider the paper version (i.e. district lacks the necessary technology infrastructure for a successful administration), a district must submit a KACE Help Desk ticket through their district or charter test coordinator for permission.

Note: Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will remain paper-based.

Delaware's 4th and 5th grade students will keyboard their responses to the Writing test.

Test Preparation and Training

  • Administrators of the paper-based test should note that if they are scoring Speaking, they will need to complete the Speaking scoring training and quiz(zes).
  • To access the Test Administrator Training Course, please contact your District ESL Coordinator or DDOE Office of Assessment for help setting up your account.
  • A passing score of 80% is required on all Test Administrator Training Quizzes for the test you are required to administer. 
  • You do not need to show proof to the District ESL Coordinator or DOE that you passed your quizzes – they are able to view your training history in the WIDA Secure Portal.

Additional Resources

Standards and Instructional Support

The WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition, are slated for release in winter 2020. To learn more about Delaware’s timeline for rollout and implementation of the 2020 Edition, please visit our Schoology group (Delaware Educators of English Learners) using code SVM4C-F35C7.

Professional Learning

Contact the EL Coordinator in your district or charter to learn about upcoming WIDA offerings and Professional Learning Opportunities.


Michele Postles
Assessment Lead
Office of Assessment
(302) 857-3391

Maria Rodriguez
Content Lead
Education Associate, English Learners
(302) 735-4097

Michelle Jackson
Accommodations and Alt Lead
Office of Assessment
(302) 857-3306

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 your District Information Security Officer.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Michele Postles at to create an 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, contact, call (855) 787-9615, or contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact DRC Customer Service to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.