Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2005.

Assessments

New Jersey uses Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten. New Jersey uses the WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL 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 mid-February through mid-April. Districts can also use the WIDA MODEL for mid-year exits. ​

Testing Dates

11/15/21-1/5/22 Test materials ordering in AMS (LEAs)
1/17/22-4/8/22 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
2/10/22 Districts receive test materials (On)
2/10/22-4/1/22 Additional test material ordering window in AMS
2/14/22-4/8/22 Test window
4/12/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
5/6/22-5/18/22 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
6/22/22 Districts receive reports – Online
6/22/22 Data posted in AMS
7/11/22 Districts receive reports - Printed

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 Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

  • ACCESS for ELLs is administered online in New Jersey, except for the Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS assessments, which remain paper-based.
  • If there is a reason a district needs to consider the paper version of ACCESS on a student-by-student basis (i.e., low computer literacy for students) the district can order the paper version through WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS).
  • Students in Grades 4-5 keyboard their Writing domain responses by default.
  • If a new student enters the district two weeks or less prior to the test window closing, the student does not need to be tested. Additional questions can be directed to the NJ DOE ELL mailbox
  • Entrance criteria for new students and state-specific guidance can be found on the NJ DOE website ACCESS 2.0 page.

Test Preparation and Training

  • NJ ACCESS District Test Coordinators must conduct annual training for all school test coordinators and teachers administering the ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, including turnkeying training put out by the NJDOE in the NJ-specific ACCESS District Test Coordinator Training Manual when the updated version is released.  
  • To be an ACCESS and/or an Alternate ACCESS test administrator, educators must meet the following requirements:
    • ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrators:
      • Are certified New Jersey educators with a long-term district contract (per diem and short-term substitute teachers are not eligible to be test administrators)
      • Have received training and professional development (PD) on WIDA User and Training Manuals, as well as annual training from their DTC on NJ-specific policies
      • Have passed relevant (paper and/or online) ACCESS test administrator training quizzes every school/administration year (Required starting with the 2021-2022 administration).
      • Test Administrators who are already certified to administer the Speaking test for WIDA Screener are not required to certify separately.
    • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrators:
      •  Are certified New Jersey educators with a long-term district contract (per diem and short-term substitute teachers are not eligible to be test administrators)
      • Work with the students taking the Alternate ACCESS daily
      • Have received training and PD on WIDA User and Training Manuals, as well as annual training from their DTC on NJ-specific policies
      • Have passed the relevant ACCESS test administrator training quizzes every school/administration year (Required starting with the 2021-2022 administration).
    • The annual certification requirement aligns the test administrator training requirements with all other statewide assessment programs, which require yearly certification, and also aligns to the NJDOE Office of Assessments’ federally peer reviewed standards for assessment administration and security.
    • Proof of certification can be printed out and submitted to the School or District Test Coordinator, or District Test Coordinators may view proof of certification with the Certification Report tool in the WIDA Secure Portal.
    • District and School Test Coordinators should maintain evidence of test administrator required certification and recertification. Evidence may be requested by the State during monitoring visits.
    • Assessment training courses can be found on the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your District Test Coordinator if you do not have an account.

2021-22 New Jersey State Specific Resources

Reporting Resources

 

Professional Learning

Professional Learning will begin as follows:

  • Self-paced eWorkshops will begin in September 2020.
  • Facilitated virtual workshops will begin in January 2021.

Contacts

NJ Office of Assessments
(609) 376-3960
assessment@doe.nj.gov

Lori Ramella
Program Development Specialist
(609) 376-9080
ell@doe.nj.gov

Jacquelyn León
Program Development Specialist
(609) 376-9080
ell@doe.nj.gov

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.

help@wida.us
(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, contact help@wida.us, call (866) 276-7735, or 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 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 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 wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.