Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2014.
Indiana uses Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener to identify English learners (ELs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all identified ELs during the annual testing window, which opens in January.
|9/30/19-10/14/19||DOE-TL data submission window|
|12/2/19-2/28/20||WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions|
|1/6/20||Districts receive test materials|
|1/6/20-2/24/20||Additional test materials ordering window in AMS|
|2/28/20||Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC|
|3/23/20-4/3/20||Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS|
|4/24/20||Districts receive reports – Online|
|5/4/20||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.
State Testing Requirements
Refer to Indiana's WIDA webpage and WIDA Assessment Guidance for information about what ACCESS format Indiana is administering in 2019-2020. Please note: All ELs in Grades 1-3 will handwrite responses to the Writing test. ELs in Grades 4-12 will take the Writing test online.
Test Preparation and Training
Before administering WIDA assessments (placement or annual), you must complete the training courses associated with the tests you will be administering. After reviewing the training course materials, you must pass the applicable quizzes with a score of 80% or higher in order to be certified.
Access to training materials is tied to a WIDA Secure Portal account. If you don't have an account or don't have access to appropriate training courses, please contact your Corporation Test Coordinator.
Note: Test administrators must have completed training within two years (24 months) of the date they are administering the test.
Manuals, Guides, and Test Materials
Indiana Department of Education Resources and Guidance:
- Indiana Assessments Policy Manual
- WIDA Assessment Guidance 2019-2020
- Accessibility and Accommodations Guidance
- English Learner Guidebook
WIDA and DRC Resources (login may be required):
The Indiana Department of Education’s English Learning website contains a wealth of EL educator and WIDA-related resources–implementation guidance, compliance documents, professional development webinars, upcoming professional learning opportunities, and more.
Indiana is collaborating with the WIDA Consortium to provide self-paced, on-demand, professional Learning eWorkshops for educators. The state-specific workshops are detailed on the WIDA eWorkshop Flyer. Contact your Corporation Test Coordinator or the WIDA Client Services Center at 866-276-7735 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to the WIDA eLearning Center. eLearning is available to all Indiana educators, not just EL educators.
Assessment Program Specialist for WIDA
Assistant Director of English Learners and Migrant Education Programs
English Learner Specialist
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 Corporation Test Coordinator.
- New Corporation Test Coordinators should contact 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.