North Dakota

Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2006.


North Dakota uses WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten 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 mid-January through mid-February.

Testing Dates

12/5/19 Test Materials Ordering via Pre-ID file (SEA)
12/5/19 SEA loads Pre-ID file into AMS
12/13/19-2/21/20 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/3/20-1/6/20 Districts receive test materials
1/6/20-2/14/20 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS (Contact SEA to order)
1/14/20-2/21/20 Test Window
2/28/20 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
3/16/20-3/27/20 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
4/27/20 Districts receive reports – Online
5/4/20 Districts receive reports – Printed
4/28/20-5/8/20 Post-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
5/22/20 Data available to state

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 Checklist State-Specific Directions

Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

  • All potential English learners must be screened using the ND ELP Screener assessment (WIDA K MODEL and WIDA Screener for grades 1-12)
  • All English learners must participate in the annual ELP assessment.
  • All English learners in grades 3-8, 10 must participate in the ND State content assessment.
  • Newly arrived English learners may be exempt from one administration of the RLA portion of the state content assessment within the first 12 months of enrollment in a U.S. school.

Reclassification is primarily based on ND ELP scores. To qualify for reclassification (exit), a student must meet English language proficiency comparable to their native English-speaking peers determined by one of the following:

  • Composite ELP 5.0 and ELP 3.5 in each domain.
  • Proficient or Advanced level on NDSA in ELA and 4.0-5.0 composite ELP and 3.5 in each domain.
  • P2 composite on ALT ACCESS and documented approval of the ILP/IEP teams.
  • Documented high-quality ELD with no ELP growth for 3 consecutive years, minimum composite ELP of 4.0 and ILP/IEP teams agree to reclassify.

Test Preparation and Training

  • All personnel who contact WIDA assessments must be trained and certified ANNUALLY on those assessments with which they have access. This is important to maintain the security and reliability of the assessments.   
    • The training/certification for the WIDA Screener and ACCESS assessments is completed through training modules in the WIDA Secure Portal and includes certification quizzes. To be certified a score of 80% or higher on each quiz is required.
    • Training for WIDA MODEL includes the completion of the training CDs included in the MODEL kit, as well as the speaking portion of the WIDA Screener Online training and quiz. 
    • To administer WIDA Screener, WIDA MODEL, Online ACCESS Grades 1-3 Writing, or the paper-based version of ACCESS, educators must hold a ND EL endorsement.
  • District Test Coordinators (DTCs) must maintain their district’s online WIDA file of all personnel to ensure permissions and trainings are up-to-date for the current testing year’s staffing and trainings. The district test coordinators must verify this information to the NDDPI by submitting the DTC Verification of Training each year. 
  • To obtain an account in the WIDA Secure Portal or WIDA AMS, contact your District Test Coordinator or the EL Program Office.

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

  • State-specific guidance can be found on the NDDPI website.
  • Additional test manuals and guides can be found in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal.

Professional Learning

The NDDPI has several professional development opportunities available for teachers and administrators. See NDDPI EL PD Offerings - 2019-2020 for more details.


Cami Bauman
Administrative Staff Officer
(701) 328-2254

Lodee Arnold
EL Administrator
(701) 328-1876

EL Program Office

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 EL Program Office to create 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.

  • To obtain a new login, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact the EL Program Office to obtain an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.