Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2013.

Assessments

Michigan 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 lasts from early February through late March.

For WIDA assessment related questions, see Michigan’s WIDA webpage.

Testing Dates

Please review the 3-Year Calendar for Michigan’s Statewide Summative Assessments for the most up to date information about testing dates.

Additional information about testing dates for the Kindergarten W-APT and the WIDA Screener can be found in the WIDA Screener & W-APT Policy Manual on Michigan’s WIDA webpage.

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-Specific Directions

State Testing Requirements

  • Districts and schools that are not yet ready to make the transition to online assessments must submit an Online Testing Waiver through the OEAA Secure Site. Dates by when these requests must be submitted can be found by reviewing the WIDA assessment calendar at Michigan’s WIDA webpage.
  • Schools who are administering ACCESS for ELLs Online may still have students who need to be assessed with the paper version. Refer to the guidance found on the State of Michigan’s WIDA webpage for more information.
  • Students in Grades 4-12 who are taking the online test will keyboard their Writing domain responses by default. If needed, LEAs can order Writing Response Booklets during the Additional Materials ordering window if they would like to have students handwrite their responses.

Test Preparation and Training

  • Technology Coordinators, Test Administrators and Test Coordinators should review available materials when they are alerted via email from the Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability, the Michigan Department of Education's Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability, or from the WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS).
  • District staff may also check with their Intermediate School District (ISD) or Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) for current training offerings.
  • All educators should follow the required training guidance found in the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Policy Manual at Michigan’s WIDA webpage.

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

Refer to the State of Michigan’s WIDA webpage for the most up to date Michigan specific materials.

Standards and Instructional Support

For EL, immigrant, identification, programming and instructional services, see Michigan’s Office of Educational Supports.

Professional Learning

Professional learning opportunities for Michigan educators can be found by reviewing announcements in the Assessment and Accountability Spotlight Newsletter as well as the monthly Directors Messages from the Office of Educational Supports.

Contacts

Jennifer Paul
EL & Accessibility Assessment Specialist
(517) 335-3967
paulj@michigan.gov

Michelle Williams
Special Populations Manager (WOC)
(517) 241-6973
Williamsm48@michigan.gov

Kelly Alvarez
EL Consultant
(517) 241-5392
alvarezk@michigan.gov

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.

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 as a Test Administrator, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should review the WIDA New Assessment Coordinator Primer found at Michigan’s WIDA webpage and follow directions there to obtain an account.
  • 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 additional ACCESS materials, manage your test session information, and find technology resources and testing software.

  • To obtain a new login, contact your District Test Coordinator. Note: access to the WIDA AMS site is based on permissions in the OEAA Secure Site. You must have an account on the OEAA Secure Site.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact MDE’s Secure Site Helpdesk for assistance in obtaining an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account call 877-560-8378, Option 3 or send an e-mail to mde-oeaa@michigan.gov.

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