New Hampshire

Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2004.


New Hampshire has approved the use of the Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL, and WIDA Screener (for Grades 1-12) to identify English learners (ELs). (Pending State Board of Education approval, the new WIDA Screener for Kindergarten will be available in March 2021 for kindergarten students.)

ACCESS for ELLs is given to ELs during the annual testing window, which typically lasts from mid-January through mid-March.

Testing Dates

10/26/20-11/23/20 Test materials ordering in AMS (LEAs)
1/4/21-6/11/21 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/11/21 Districts receive test materials
1/11/21-6/4/21 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/19/21-6/11/21 Test Window
6/18/21 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
7/9/21-7/20/21 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
8/5/21 Districts receive reports – Online
8/23/21 Districts receive reports – Printed
9/22/21 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 Online Checklist ACCESS for ELLs Paper ChecklistIdentification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

  • All students identified as English Learners on or before May 1, 2021 are required to complete the ACCESS for ELLs Online test during the 2021 test administration window.
  • NH DOE prefers that all students take the WIDA Online test. Paper-based administration of the ACCESS for ELLs test is allowable for students who: (1) are identified as SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education); or (2) Students who have a current IEPs or 504 plan that requires paper administration of state assessments.
  • LEAs may order a paper-based ACCESS for ELLs test on a student-by-student basis during the ordering process. The decision must be based on the student’s individual needs.
  • LEAs facing insurmountable challenges to online testing (e.g., lack of technology infrastructure) should notify NH DOE by contacting Wendy Perron as soon as possible.
  • Schoolwide administration of the paper test for any reason MUST be approved by the state prior to ordering tests.
  • Students in Grades 1-3 handwrite responses to the Writing domain in a response booklet.
  • Only students who are or are likely to be eligible for the State Alternate Assessment (DLM) are eligible for the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment.

Test Preparation and Training

WIDA Screener:

  • To qualify as a Test Administrator, teachers must: (1) hold ESOL certification in NH; AND (2) complete the WIDA online training available through the WIDA Secure Portal with a quiz score of 80% or higher for any WIDA screener used during initial identification.
  • Student and Test Management for WIDA Screener Online takes place in the WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS). Contact your District Test Coordinator or DRC Customer Service if you require assistance with your WIDA AMS account.
  • Educators are required to certify annually on all applicable training courses and quizzes, including Speaking and Writing for WIDA Screener.


  • Due to the critical shortage of licensed ESOL educators in NH, any NH certified educator will be allowed to administer the 2021 ACCESS Online assessment for Grades 1-12 only.
  • To administer ACCESS for ELLs Paper for Grades 1-12, Kindergarten ACCESS, or Alternate ACCESS, Test Administrators must hold NH ESOL certification.
  • All personnel who will administer ACCESS for ELLs must certify or recertify each year between the close of the prior testing window and the beginning of the current testing window.
  • Proof of certification can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your District Test Coordinator to find out whether physical proof must be submitted locally. The state does not collect physical proof of completion, but will be monitoring satisfactory and timely completion through the WIDA Secure Portal.
  • Test Administrators for Alternate ACCESS must also be familiar with the EL student, including the student’s communication style, IEP, and all approved accommodations.
  • Paraprofessionals and personal care aides are NOT eligible to administer ACCESS for ELLs.

Exit and Reclassification of ELs

Professional Learning

Starting Sept. 1, 2019, educators in New Hampshire have access to WIDA’s self-paced eWorkshops. View the eWorkshops flyer for full descriptions and intended audiences.

All eWorkshops are free and available in the eLearning Center in the WIDA Secure Portal. Don’t have a WIDA Secure Portal account? Contact your district test coordinator or the WIDA Client Services Center at or (866) 276-7735.

More Professional Learning opportunities will become available throughout the school year, so please check out the NH ESOL Listserv periodically for updates and new offerings.


Wendy Perron
EL Education Consultant
(603) 271-3514

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 WIDA Client Services to request 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 DRC Customer Service to request an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.