Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2006.
Kentucky uses Kindergarten W-APT 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 the beginning of January through early February.
|9/29/20-10/27/20||Test materials ordering available in AMS (LEAs)|
|12/3/20-5/7/21||WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions|
|12/3/20||Districts receive test materials|
|12/3/20-4/30/21||Additional test materials ordering window in AMS|
|5/21/21||Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC|
|6/11/21-6/25/21||Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS|
|7/14/21||Districts receive reports – Online|
|8/2/21||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
The Kentucky State Department of Education strongly encourages Grades 1-12 ELs be administered the online version of ACCESS for ELLs.
Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will remain paper-based.
Writing Domain (Testing Online)
- For Grades 1-3, the prompts and responses will be entered in the test booklet
- For Grades 4-12, the prompts and responses will be entered online
Test Preparation and Training
Test Administrators must complete the ACCESS for ELLs Online Training Course and pass the certification quiz with an 80% or higher. The course is located in the WIDA Secure Portal.
If you don’t yet have an account to access the Secure Portal, please contact your state facilitator: Chris Williams, (502) 564-4394 x4750, email@example.com
- You must take the Test Administrator Training Quizzes and receive a passing score of 80% on all applicable quizzes in order to administer ACCESS.
- For ACCESS for ELLs Online (Grades 1-12), you must recertify annually by taking and passing the appropriate certification quiz.
- For Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS, you must recertify annually by taking the appropriate certification quiz.
Starting Sept. 1, 2020, educators in Kentucky have access to WIDA's self-paced eWorkshops. View the eWorkshops flyer for full 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 Chris Williams, WIDA Assessment Coordinator: (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kentucky educators have access to the WIDA eSummit October 12-30, 2020, a free virtual learning opportunity. To access the event, a valid WIDA Secure Portal account will be required. Contact Chris Williams, WIDA Assessment Coordinator, to obtain an account.
Assessment Program Consultant
(502) 564-4394 ext. 4750
ELs, Migrant & Neglected Students Program Consultant
(502) 564-3791 ext. 4004
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 Chris Williams at email@example.com or call (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750.
- 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.
- To obtain a new login, contact your District Assessment or Building Assessment Coordinator.
- New District Assessment Coordinators or Technology Coordinators should contact Chris Williams at email@example.com or call (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750 to request an account.
- For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (855) 787-9615.