Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2005.


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

11/30/20-1/5/21 Test materials ordering in AMS (LEAs)
1/19/21-6/11/21 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
2/10/21-2/11/21 Districts receive test materials (On)
3/29/21-6/4/21 Additional test material ordering window in AMS
4/5/21-6/11/21 Test window
6/18/21 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
7/6/21-7/23/21 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
8/12/21 Districts receive reports – Online
TBD Districts receive reports - Printed
TBD Post-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
TBD 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 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

  • Test Administrator recertification will be required every two years, starting with the 2020-2021 school year. The recertification requirements for training are aligned to the NJDOE Office of Assessments’ federally peer reviewed standards for assessment administration and security.
  • Test Administrators who were certified for the online and paper ACCESS tests in 2019-2020 need not re-certify until the 2021-2022 administration and every two years thereafter; all others must pass the appropriate administration quiz(zes) with a score of 80% or above.
  • ACCESS training courses can be found on the WIDA Secure Portal; contact WIDA Client Services Center or your District Test Coordinator if you do not have an account. To be certified, Test Administrators must review the relevant training modules and pass the applicable certification quizzes with a score of 80% or higher; the training modules and certification quizzes must be completed every two years.
  • Proof of certification can be printed out and submitted to the School or District Test Coordinator, or the District Test Coordinator may view proof of certification with the Account Management and Training Status tool. 
  • District Test Coordinators should maintain evidence of Test Administrator-required certification/recertification. Evidence may be requested by the NJDOE during monitoring visits.
  • Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener training and test materials can be viewed on the WIDA Secure Portal. If your account does not have the necessary permissions, contact WIDA Client Services or your District Test Coordinator.

2020-21 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.


NJ Office of Assessments
(609) 376-3960

Lori Ramella
Program Development Specialist
(609) 376-9080

Jacquelyn León
Program Development Specialist
(609) 376-9080

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, contact, 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 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.