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). All English learners must participate in the annual ND English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment (ACCESS for ELLs) during the testing schedule below.

Testing Dates

12/1/21 NDDPI submits the student pre-ID file to DRC
12/9/21-2/24/22 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/5/22 Districts receive test materials
1/4/22-2/17/22 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/10/22-2/24/22 Test Window
2/24/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
3/11/22-3/24/22 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
4/29/22 Districts receive reports – Online
5/5/22-5/6/22 Districts receive reports – Printed

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 Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

  • All potential English learners must be screened using the ND English language proficiency (ELP) screener assessment (WIDA Screener)
  • All English learners must participate in the annual ELP summative assessment.
  • All English learners in grades 3-8, 10 must participate in the ND State content assessment.
  • Newly arrived English learners may qualify for a one-time exemption of the RLA portion of the state content assessment within the first 12 months of enrollment in a U.S. school.

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

  • General: Minimum 4.5 composite ELP and minimum 3.5 proficiency level (PL) in each domain.
  • Speaking PL: Minimum 4.5 composite ELP, a minimum 3.5 PL in each domain other than Speaking, and documented approval of the ILP team.
  • NDSA: Proficient or advanced level on NDSA in reading, language, and writing, minimum composite ELP 4.0, minimum 3.5 PL in each domain, and documented approval of the ILP team.
  • ALT: Minimum P2 composite on ALT ACCESS for two consecutive years and documented approval of the ILP/IEP teams.
  • Exempt Domain: Minimum 4.5 adapted composite ELP, minimum 3.5 PL in each non-exempt domain, and documented approval of the ILP/IEP teams.
  • Plateau: Documented high-quality English language development (ELD) instruction with no ELP growth for a minimum of 3 consecutive years, minimum composite ELP of 4.0 and documented assurances and approval of the ILP/IEP teams.

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.
    • To administer WIDA Screener, 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 update/maintain WIDA and DRC accounts for all applicable personnel to ensure permissions and trainings are current and accurate. The district test coordinator must annually verify this information to the NDDPI.

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

  • State-specific guidance can be found on the NDDPI website and in the Office 365 EL Coordinator or EL Educator Teams.
  • Additional test manuals and guides can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal.

Standards and Instructional Support

The WIDA English Language Development Standards, 2020 Edition, is slated to be implemented in ND in the fall of 2021. To learn more about the 2020 Edition, please visit the 2020 Standards page on the WIDA website.

Professional development on the new standards is being scheduled for spring 2021. Check back to this page for updates or visit the EL Coordinator Team for additional information and updates.

Professional Learning

Please visit the North Dakota EL Coordinator or EL Educator Teams to learn more about professional development opportunities. If you are not a member of a Team, please contact the EL Programs Office.


Cami Bauman
Administrative Staff Officer
(701) 328-2254

Lodee Arnold
EL Administrator
(701) 328-1876

Gwyn Marback
Program Administrator
(701) 328-4518

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.