Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2005.
Georgia uses WIDA Screener 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 from mid-January through early March.
|10/5/22-11/21/22||Test materials ordering available in AMS|
|10/5/22-11/21/22||LEAs load Pre-ID file into AMS|
|12/5/22-3/3/23||WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions|
|1/4/23||Districts receive test materials|
|1/4/23-2/24/23||Additional test materials ordering window in AMS|
|3/8/23||Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC|
|3/30/23-4/12/23||Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS|
|4/28/23||Districts receive reports – Online|
|5/8/23-5/19/23||Post-reporting data validation - LEAs in AMS|
|5/12/23||Districts receive reports – Printed|
|6/6/23||Data posted in AMS|
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. For additional information, see the Georgia ACCESS for ELLs page.
Georgia Specific Directions
Standards and Instructional Support
Each local educational agency (LEA) must establish a roll-out plan for the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition resources. The WIDA Self-paced eWorkshop (see flyer on GaDOE ESOL Professional Learning webpage) provides the information for an LEA Professional Learning Community to support this work. In addition, LEAs have access to Study Guides in conjunction with WIDA’s self-paced eWorkshops to support educators as they engage in the professional learning cycle. LEAs are encouraged to use RESA resources to bring educators together and learn how to use the WIDA resources for teacher planning and collaboration in classrooms with English learners. Please contact ELPrograms@doe.k12.ga.us for more information.
WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops:
Starting September 1, 2021, Georgia educators have access to WIDA’s Self-paced eWorkshops professional learning opportunities. Please review the WIDA eWorkshops Flyer 2021-2022 and the Instructions to Obtain WIDA Secure Portal access on the GaDOE ESOL Professional Learning webpage. In addition, this year LEAs will have access to Study Guides in conjunction with WIDA’s self-paced eWorkshops to support educators as they engage in the professional learning cycle.
EL Language Programs Help Desk
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.
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 System Test Coordinator.
- New System Test Coordinators should contact Mary Nesbit-McBride at email@example.com to create an account.
- For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.