Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2005.

Assessments

Georgia 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 from mid-January through early March.

Testing Dates

10/7/20-11/23/20 Test materials ordering available in AMS
10/7/20-11/23/20 LEAs load Pre-ID file into AMS
12/3/20-3/5/21 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/4/21 Districts receive test materials
1/4/21-2/26/21 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/13/21-3/5/21 Test Window
3/12/21 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/5/21-4/16/21 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
5/6/21 Districts receive reports – Online
5/14/21 Districts receive reports – Printed
5/10/21-5/21/21 Post-reporting data validation - LEAs in AMS
6/8/21 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.

ACCESS for ELLs Online Checklist ACCESS for ELLs Paper ChecklistIdentification and Placement Guidance

 

Georgia Specific Directions

Completing Demographic Information

Standards and Instructional Support

Starting Winter 2021:

WIDA Facilitated eWorkshops ELD Standards 2020

Please see the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) ESOL Professional Learning website to learn more about WIDA Facilitated eWorkshop opportunities coming Winter 2021. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore ways to use the WIDA English language development (ELD) Standards, 2020 Edition, to support English learners’ development of the academic language needed to be successful in school.

Professional Learning

WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops:

Starting Sept. 1, 2020, educators in Georgia have access to WIDA’s Self-paced eWorkshops 2020-2021 offerings. View the WIDA Self-paced eWorkshops flyer for full eWorkshop descriptions and intended audiences.

All eWorkshops are free and available in the eLearning Center in the WIDA Secure Portal. Don’t have a WIDA Secure Portal account? Contact your local school system’s ESOL Coordinator and request a login/password to the WIDA Portal eLearning Center.

Contacts

EL Language Programs Help Desk 
(678) 794-3695
ELPrograms@doe.k12.ga.us

Mary Nesbit-McBride
Assessment Specialist
(404) 232-1207
mnesbit@doe.k12.ga.us

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.

help@wida.us
(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 System Test Coordinator.
  • New System Test Coordinators should contact Mary Nesbit-McBride at mnesbit@doe.k12.ga.us 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.

  • To obtain a new login, contact your System Test Coordinator.
  • New System Test Coordinators should contact Mary Nesbit-McBride at mnesbit@doe.k12.ga.us to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.