Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2009.

Assessments

New Mexico uses Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener Online (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-January through mid-March.

Testing Dates

11/21/18 Test materials ordering via Pre-ID File (SEA)
11/29/18-3/8/19 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/7/19 Districts receive test materials
1/14/19-3/8/19 Test Window
1/7/19-3/1/19 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
3/15/19 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
5/20/19 Districts receive reports – Printed and Online
6/14/19 Data available to State

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 Checklist State-Specific Directions Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

  • New Mexico administers ACCESS for ELLs Online for Grades 1-12.
  • Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS continue to be paper-based assessments.
  • Students in Grades 1-3 complete the Writing domain in a paper booklet.

Test Preparation and Training

  • Test Administrators for ACCESS for ELLs and/or Kindergarten ACCESS must be licensed teachers/administrators and pass the required certification quizzes with a score of 80% or higher.
  • To administer Alternate ACCESS, the Test Administrator must be a licensed special education teacher who is familiar with the student’s needs and communication methods. The Test Administrator must review the materials in the Alternate ACCESS Training Course and pass the certification quiz with a score of 80% or higher.
  • ACCESS training courses can be found on the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your District Test Coordinator if you do not have an account.
  • Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener training and test materials can be found on the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your District Test Coordinator if your account does not have the correct permissions.
  • Test Administrators are required to certify annually each school year.
  • You may view your proof of certification on your account on the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your District Test Coordinator to find out if you have to submit physical proof of certification.

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

WIDA Facilitator Toolkit - Use the resources in this toolkit to help train educators on ACCESS for ELLs, Kindergarten W-APT or the WIDA ELD Standards. Available in the WIDA Secure Portal (login required).

Additional Contacts for New Mexico Public Education Department 

Mayra Valtierrez
Director, Language and Culture Bureau
(505) 827-4270
mayra.valtierrez@state.nm.us

Lynn Vasquez
Director, Assessment Bureau
(505) 827-6508
lynn.vasquez@state.nm.us

Yun Yao
Statistician
(505) 827-6680
yun.yao@state.nm.us

Contacts

Kirsi Laine
English Learner Specialist
(505) 827-6505
kirsi.laine@state.nm.us

WIDA Client Services Center
Contact the WIDA Client Services Center 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
M-F 8am-5pm CT (Apr-Oct)
M-Th 7am-7pm CT, Fri 7am-5pm CT (Nov-Mar)

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 Kirsi Laine at kirsi.laine@state.nm.us.
  • 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 Kirsi Laine at kirsi.laine@state.nm.us.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.

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