New Hampshire

Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2004.


New Hampshire has approved the use of the WIDA Screener Online for students in grades 1-12 and the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten to help determine eligibility of English learners (ELs).

ACCESS for ELLs is administered to all identified ELs during the annual testing window, which typically runs for seven weeks, beginning at the beginning of February through March.

Additional guidance for the 2021-22 testing cycle: What to know: WIDA assessments in 2021-22 school year

Testing Dates

10/25/21-11/22/21 Test materials ordering in AMS (LEAs)
1/17/22-3/25/22 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/17/22 Districts receive test materials
1/17/22-3/18/22 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
2/1/22-3/25/22 Test Window
4/1/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/21/22-5/2/22 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
5/18/22 Districts receive reports – Online
6/2/22 Districts receive reports – Printed
6/17/22 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 Checklist

State Testing Requirements

  • All students identified as English Learners on or before March 11, 2022 are required to complete the ACCESS for ELLs Online test during the 2022 test administration window.
  • Beginning with the 2022 administration, New Hampshire will require all schools to administer the ACCESS for ELLs Online assessment. The ACCESS for ELLs Paper assessment is available for: (1) Identified SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education); and/or (2) Students whose IEPs or 504 plans require 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 implementation of online testing (e.g., lack of technology infrastructure) should notify NHDOE by contacting Wendy Perron by January 1, 2022.
  • 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 administer any WIDA Screener, educators must hold NH ESOL certification and complete the WIDA Test Administrator training annually. WIDA TA Certifications are considered valid if completed during the current academic year.
  • 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.


  • Due to the critical shortage of licensed ESOL educators in NH, any NH certified educator will be allowed to administer the 2022 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 educators identified as WIDA Test Administrators (TAs), MUST have a valid TA certificate at the time of testing. WIDA TA Certifications are considered valid if completed during the current academic year.
  • 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

Additional Resources

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 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.