Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2004.


Maine uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener for Grades 1-12 to identify English learners. ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is administered to ELs with the most significant cognitive disabilities during the annual assessment window. For dates, please reference below.

Note that WIDA does not offer a screening assessment for PreK at this time. The Maine Department of Education allows districts to use the PreK screening assessment of their choosing. It is recommended to use rigorous criteria when making EL identification decisions in order to ensure that all eligible students are identified appropriately. Contact April Perkins with any questions regarding identification at

Testing Dates

11/30/21-3/18/22 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
12/15/21 Districts receive test materials
12/15/21-3/11/22 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/10/22-3/18/22 Test Window
3/21/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
5/9/22 Districts receive reports – Online
5/25/22 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  Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

  • Maine administers ACCESS for ELLs Online, except for Kindergarten ACCESS, which remains on paper.
  • If a district needs to consider ACCESS for ELLs Paper, they must ask the Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) for permission. Contact: or
  • The Maine DOE assumes any school not submitting a written request will be delivering the assessment online.
  • Maine's 4th and 5th grade students keyboard their Writing responses.

Test Preparation and Training

  • Your personal WIDA Secure Portal account provides access to Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA Screener and ACCESS training materials.
  • Training courses and certification quizzes for ACCESS are located in the WIDA Secure Portal.
  • If you are administering ACCESS for ELLs Online, Kindergarten ACCESS, or Alternate ACCESS, recertification is not required. However, Maine DOE recommends Test Administrators refresh their knowledge with available online training resources.
  • If you are administering the paper version of ACCESS for ELLs, Maine DOE recommends annual certification.

Professional Learning

Starting September 1, 2021, educators in Maine have access to WIDA's Self-paced eWorkshops 2021-22 offerings. All eWorkshops are free and available in the eLearning Center in the WIDA Secure Portal. Don't have a WIDA Secure Portal account? Contact WIDA Client Services at 866-276-7735 or

Information about more WIDA workshops sponsored by the Maine DOE, as well as other professional learning opportunities and resources, can be found on the Maine DOE website.


Jodi Bossio-Smith 
Alternate & WIDA Assessments Coordinator
(207) 530-1462

WIDA Client Services Center
Contact us for questions about training materials or 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 as a Test Administrator, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact WIDA Client Services at to request 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.