Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2010.


Missouri uses Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Online 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 lasts from early January through early March.

Testing Dates

10/1/18-11/8/18 Test materials ordering via AMS
11/12/18-3/8/19 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
12/10/18 Districts receive test materials
1/7/19-3/8/19 Test Window
12/10/18-3/1/19 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
3/22/19 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/8/19-4/15/19 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
5/14/19 Districts receive reports – Printed and online
5/14/19-5/20/19 Post-reporting data validation in WIDA AMS

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

LEAs has 30 calendar days from the beginning of the school year to administer the screening assessment. After that date, LEAs have 30 calendar days from enrollment. If your LEA receives a new student from another LEA or state that is part of the Consortium AND the student has a WIDA Screener or ACCESS for ELLs score report, they will not need to be re-screened.

Students in grades 1-12 will take the online version of ACCESS. Kindergarten ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS remain paper-based assessments. Students in grades 1-3 will view the Writing domain prompts and write their responses in a physical response booklet. Students in grades 4-12 will complete all domains on the computer. Schools may administer the paper-based version to students when required by an IEP or 504 Plan or if the district decides that the level of exposure to technology will have an impact on student performance.

Test Preparation and Training

Screener Training
Individual test administrators must be trained in its administration and have agreed to maintain the security of test questions. Test administrators are required to go through training if they have not previously done so. Your district testing coordinator or EL coordinator will be tracking electronically who has completed the screener training. Districts then set their own rules on how often test examiners should go through training again. DESE recommends that examiners look through the training each year as a refresher, even if they are not required to re-train. To participate in training, log into the WIDA website, go to your My Account & Secure Portal page, look under “Screener Test Materials & Training” and click on the button that says WIDA Screener Online and complete the training modules.

ACCESS Training
There are four training courses available on the WIDA website. Test examiners are only required to take the training course for the assessments that they are giving. Test examiners are required to take complete the training courses each year. District Test Coordinators or EL Coordinators should be sure to track the training status of all test examiners. This can be done on the User Account Management & Training Status Lookup screen.

NOTE: It is not required to take the Paper-Based training if you have students in grades 1-3 that will take the writing domain on paper and the rest of the assessment online.

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

WIDA Manuals
The following manuals are available in the WIDA Secure Portal (login required):

  • WIDA AMS User Guide
  • WIDA AMS User Guide Supplement - Submit Incomplete Domain
  • District and School Test Coordinator Manual
  • Test Administration Manual

WIDA Guides/Resources
The following guides are available in the WIDA Secure Portal (login required):

  • Accessibility and Accommodations Guide
  • Technology User Guide
  • DTC Quick Start Guide
  • Test Administrator Troubleshooting Guide

WIDA Test Materials
Kindergarten W-APT test materials and Writing Test Booklets for handwritten response for grades 1-3 for the WIDA Online Screener can be downloaded from the WIDA Secure Portal (login required).All physical testing materials for ACCESS testing must be ordered through WIDA-AMS -with the exception of the initial order of writing booklets for grades 1-3, which are shipped according to student counts from the pre-code file submitted.)

DESE Guides

  • Missouri Screening Guide - This high level resource guide describes the identification and screening process. The document covers when to screen students, which screener (if any) is appropriate and screener training. There is also information on the brand new EL Newcomer Kit. LEA Guide to English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessments
  • LEA Guide to English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessments - Provides guidance around English language learner (ELL) assessment in Missouri. Includes information about ACCESS for ELLs, state contact information, available resources in the WIDA Secure Portal, an assessment decision matrix for ACCESS, timing guidelines, and a list of webinars provided by WIDA on various ACCESS-related topics.
    • NOTE: Soon To Be Updated for 18-19.

Additional Resources

  • DESE Assessment – Contains links to Manuals and Resources for Test Coordinators, Test Examiners and IT staff all in one location. Some links provided may require a login to the WIDA Secure Portal.
  • Missouri ACCESS Quick Guide – Provides districts with basic information about ACCESS, contact information, and important websites to know, all at a glance.
  • Missouri Accessibility and Accommodations Policies – Use in conjunction with the WIDA Accessibility and Accommodations Guide
  • Identifying and Reclassifying English Learners: Guidance on Missouri’s Entry and Exit Criteria – Provides districts with the state entry and exit procedures for English Learners.
  • Enrolling and Graduating English Learners – The range and complexity of needs of ELs require districts to find ways to prepare them for success in their PreK-12 education and beyond. School districts across the state grapple with the logistics behind enrolling immigrant students as well as planning a rigorous, yet appropriate, course sequence toward graduation. This non-regulatory guidance is intended to support districts with enrollment, individual career and academic plans (ICAP) and instructional and assessment strategies in an effort to provide English learners from across the spectrum a motivating pathway to graduation.

Standards and Instructional Support

The MELL staff, located across the state, can help districts with professional development opportunities, EL/Migrant identification, building capacity in education programs and strategies, assistance to districts in enhancing English language proficiency and academic achievement of ELs among others.

Please see the MELL Coverage MAP to find your local MELL specialist.

Professional Learning

For information on Professional Learning in Missouri, please visit our English Language Development page or contact Ryan Rumpf, Director of ELD, at 573-751-3926 or


Drew Linkon
Assistant Director of Assessment
(573) 751-8285

Ryan Rumpf
Director of ELD
(573) 751-3926

Shawn Cockrum
Director of MELL Program
(573) 751-8280

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 the WIDA Client Services Center at or call (866) 276-7735 to obtain 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.

  • To obtain a new login as a Test Administrator or IT Coordinator/Staff, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact DRC Customer Service for assistance.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.

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