Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2010.


Missouri uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten and WIDA Online Screener (for Grades 1-12) to identify English learners (ELs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELLs during the annual testing window, which typically runs for eight weeks starting in early January.

Testing Dates

9/26/22-11/3/22 Test materials ordering via AMS
11/7/22-3/3/23 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
12/5/22 Districts receive test materials
12/5/22-2/24/23 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/9/23-3/3/23 Test Window
4/7/23 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
5/2/23-5/9/23 Pre-reporting data validation in WIDA AMS
5/25/23 Districts receive reports - Online
6/14/23 Districts receive reports – Printed
6/15/23-6/21/23 Post-reporting data validation in WIDA AMS
7/7/23 Data posted in 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 Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

LEAs have 30 calendar days from the beginning of the school year/enrollment to identify the student. 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 Secure Portal, select Assessment Training, and locate the appropriate screener training course. Click on Course Details. Click the button to enroll in the course to enter and complete the training.

ACCESS Training
There are six training courses available in the WIDA Secure Portal. Test examiners are only required to take the training course for the assessments that they are giving. Test examiners are required to 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 Certification Report 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 Guides/Resources
The following guides are available on the WIDA website or in the WIDA Secure Portal (login required):

  • Accessibility and Accommodations Manual
  • Technology User Guide
  • Technology Troubleshooting and Issue Report Form

WIDA Test Materials
WIDA Screener for Kindergarten test materials and Writing Test Booklets for handwritten response for grades 1-3 for the WIDA Screener Online 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.

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.

These resources include:

  • ACCESS testing guide
  • Accessibility and Accommodations - Missouri Supplement
  • EL Language Codes
  • EL Newcomer Kit
  • Quick Reference Guides
  • Screener Guide
  • Speaking Test Resources
  • Technology Troubleshooting Guides
  • Additional EL Resources

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 Cammy Goucher, Director of ELD, at 573-751-3926 or


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

Cammy Goucher 
Director of ELD
(573) 751-3926

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.