Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2009.


Hawaii uses Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener (for Grades 1-12) to identify English Learners (ELs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELs during the annual testing window, which typically takes place from mid-January through late February.

Testing Dates

11/18/21 SEA loads Pre-ID file into AMS
12/6/21-2/25/22 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/5/22 Districts receive test materials
1/5/22-2/18/22 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/6/22 SEA loads Pre-ID file into AMS (2nd upload)
1/10/22-2/25/22 Test Window
3/4/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/29/22 Districts receive reports – Online
5/12/22 Districts receive reports – Printed

Requirements and Resources

See below for state-specific information and resources related to EL 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 Testing Requirements

All Hawaii schools will be administering ACCESS for ELLs Online for Grades 1-12 and.or Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs.

Collection of ACCESS for ELLs Online Writing Domain Responses

  • Kindergarten students will be taking a paper-based adaptive test.
  • Grade 1-3 students will respond to the Writing domain via Paper/Pencil booklets.
  • Grade 4-12 students will respond to the Writing domain online via keyboarding.

Hawaii State Policy regarding implementation of WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Online (or Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs) will require students to take all four domains. When possible, students should complete all domains online. 

Students in Grades 4-12, who are unable to take the Writing domain online and need to switch to ACCESS for ELLs Paper, will need to contact the Assessment Section at (808) 307-3636, as this will be approved on a case-by-case basis. For students who are physically unable to take all four domains due to a disability refer to the Test Administration Manual, checklist, and Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement. 

Note: Students who do not complete all domains and where there is no documented disability, e.g., IEP or 504 plan, will be included in the HIDOE accountability system as “not meeting growth targets.”

Roles and Responsibilities for ACCESS Testing

  • Technology Coordinator – responsible for all technology associated with testing and system setup.
  • Test Coordinator (aka School Test and/or EL Coordinator) – responsible for the overall coordination or test administration and reporting activities.
  • Test Administrator – responsible for administering ACCESS for ELLs.
  • Complex Area EL Resource Teachers – Responsible for providing technical assistance and support to EL staff with the ACCESS for ELLs assessment, including the Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS. Responsibility also includes ordering of additional ACCESS for ELLs materials during the test window (beyond the state ACCESS for ELLs test order and overage), and supporting schools with testing forms, and processes, as needed.

Test Preparation and Training

All training materials for ACCESS for ELLs will be available through web-based modules and online resources. Teachers will need to review the Kindergarten, Online Administration Grades 1-12, or Paper Administration Grades 1-12 (only when completing all domains on paper) training modules as applicable. Log in using your personal WIDA Secure Portal account. If you cannot access the portal to create a personal login, contact your Complex Area EL Resource Teacher or WIDA Client Services for assistance.

Please note the following depending on the testing mode:

  • Online: ALL TC/EL Coordinators participating in ACCESS for ELLs Online will be trained via in-person trainings at scheduled sites in the first quarter of the school year, with follow-up trainings in December.
  • Paper: For Kindergarten ACCESS, or when administering all domains on paper, ALL TC/EL Coordinators and Test Administrators must pass the appropriate ACCESS Quizzes prior to test administration. Complex Areas may be offering additional training on paper administration and to develop speaking interrater reliability.

For access to the ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Training Course in the WIDA Secure Portal, please contact your Complex Area Resource Teacher or the WIDA Client Services Center.

  • In order to give the test, you must take the Test Administrator Training Quizzes with passing scores of at least 80%. Log In to the WIDA Secure Portal to take the quizzes.
  • You must retake the training quizzes even if you passed them in a previous year – annual recertification is required to administer ACCESS.

For additional information, reference the Hawaii State-Specific ELP Assessment Manual.

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

View Hawaii-specific Forms Related to Student, Materials and ACCESS Test Management


Karen Tohinaka
Test Development Specialist II
Assessment Section
(808) 307-3636

Andrea DeGre
Educational Specialist
OSSS-SSB-Student Support Section
(808) 305-9642

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 Complex Area Resource Teacher.
  • New Complex Area Resource Teachers should contact the Assessment Section at (808) 307-3636 or 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 your Complex Area Resource Teacher.
  • New School Test Coordinators and Complex Area Resource Teachers should contact the Assessment Section at (808) 307-3636 or to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.