Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2006.

Assessments

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.

Testing Dates

10/5/18-11/5/18 Test materials ordering available in AMS (LEAs)
11/5/18 SEA loads Pre-ID file into AMS
12/6/18-2/8/19 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
12/6/18 Districts receive test materials
1/2/19-2/8/19 Test Window
12/6/18-2/4/19 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
2/15/19 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
3/6/19-3/20/19 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
4/23/19 Districts receive reports – Online
5/3/19 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.

ACCESS for ELLs Checklist State-Specific Directions Identification and Placement Guidance

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 4-5, the prompts will be online and responses will be entered in the test booklet
  • For Grades 6-12, 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, chris.williams@education.ky.gov

  • 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.

Professional Learning

For information about upcoming professional learning opportunities in Kentucky, please see the Workshop Registration Chart.

Contacts

Erin Sudduth
ELs, Migrant & Neglected Students Program Consultant
(502) 564-3791 ext. 4021
erin.sudduth@education.ky.gov

Chris Williams
Assessment Program Consultant
(502) 564-4394 ext. 4750
chris.williams@education.ky.gov

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 Chris Williams at chris.williams@education.ky.gov or call (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750.
  • 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 District Assessment or Building Assessment Coordinator.
  • New District Assessment Coordinators or Technology Coordinators should contact Chris Williams at chris.williams@education.ky.gov or call (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750 to request an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.

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