Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2011.

Assessments

Montana uses Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten, 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 lasts from early December through late January.

Testing Dates

10/26/18 Test materials ordering available via Pre-ID File (SEA)
11/2/18-1/30/19 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
11/27/18 Districts receive test materials
12/5/18-1/30/19 Test Window
11/27/18-1/23/19 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
2/5/19 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/23/19 Districts receive reports – Online
5/6/19 Districts receive reports – Printed
5/6/19 Data available to states

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

  • Montana uses ACCESS for ELLs Online. Alternate and Kindergarten ACCESS are paper-based assessments.
  • Students in Grades 4-5 keyboard their responses to the Writing test, but districts may change to a handwriting response mode if more appropriate for their students.
  • ACCESS training courses are available through the WIDA Secure Portal. System Test Coordinators create accounts for Test Administrators to access these training courses.

Test Preparation and Training

  • ACCESS for ELLs training materials can be found on the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your System Test Coordinator if you do not have an account on the Secure Portal.
  • Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener training and test materials can be accessed through the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your System Test Coordinator if you need additional permissions to view these materials.
  • To be certified to administer WIDA assessments, including ACCESS, you must complete the applicable training modules and receive a passing score of 80% or higher on the relevant quiz(zes).
  • You may view your current certifications on your Training Certificate page in the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your System Test Coordinator to find out whether a physical copy is needed for their records.
  • Once you are certified, you do not need to retake the quizzes unless the assessment changes. Check your state’s ACCESS Checklist each fall to find out if you need to recertify. OPI recommends that Test Administrators review the training materials prior to administration, especially for components where the TA will be scoring the responses.

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

  • Montana’s ELLs: Guidance for School Districts – This guide contains state specific information regarding identification and placement, ELL programs and services, ELL assessments in Montana, and state reporting requirements.
  • ELL Assessment Guidance

Contacts

Yvonne M. Field
Assessment Specialist
(406) 444-0748
yfield@mt.gov

Ashley McGrath
State Assessment Director
(406) 444-3656
amcgrath@mt.gov

Crystal Andrews
Title I/Title III Instructional Coordinator
(406) 444-3482
crystal.andrews@mt.gov

WIDA Client Services Center
Contact the WIDA Client Services Center 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
M-F 8am-5pm CT (Apr-Oct)
M-Th 7am-7pm CT, Fri 7am-5pm CT (Nov-Mar)

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 System Test Coordinator.
  • New System Test Coordinators should contact Yvonne Field at yfield@mt.gov to create 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 ACCESS materials, manage your student and test information, and find technology resources and testing software.

  • To obtain a new login, contact your System Test Coordinator.
  • New System Test Coordinators should contact Yvonne Field at yfield@mt.gov to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.

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