Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2012.


Nevada uses Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten, and WIDA Screener (for Grades 1-12) to identify English language learners (ELLs). ACCESS for ELLs Online is given to all ELLs during the annual testing window, which typically lasts from early January through early March.

Testing Dates

12/9/21-3/4/22 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
12/15/21 Districts receive test materials
12/15/21-2/18/22 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
1/4/22-2/25/22 Test Window – Kindergarten
1/18/22-2/25/22 Test Window – Grades 1-12
3/7/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
3/24/22-4/13/22 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
4/29/22 Districts receive reports –  Online
5/23/22 Districts receive reports - Printed
5/23/22-5/31/22 Post-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
6/14/22 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 Checklist Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

Nevada 4th and 5th grade ELLs keyboard their responses to the ACCESS for ELLs Writing Assessment.

Test Preparation and Training

ACCESS training for Test Administrators is available through the WIDA Secure Portal and via in-person trainings made available by your local district.

Standards and Instructional Support

The WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition, are slated for release in winter 2020. To learn more about Nevada’s timeline for rollout and implementation of the 2020 Edition, please visit NDE's English Language Learner webpage.

Professional Learning

Self-Paced eWorkshops

Starting Sept. 1, 2020, educators in Nevada have access to WIDA’s self-paced eWorkshops 2020-2021 offerings. View the flyer for full eWorkshop 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 or local educational agency Assessment Director.

Facilitated eWorkshops

The 2020-21 WIDA Facilitated eWorkshops for Nevada Educators document contains this year’s offerings, dates and times, and additional information related to Facilitated eWorkshops. Please contact Kulwadee Axtell at for questions and additional information on how to sign up.


Jes Irwin-McGinnis
Education Program Professional for ACCESS Assessment
(775) 687-9255
Contact Jes Irwin-McGinnis for questions related to assessment.

Kulwadee Axtell, Ph.D.
EL/Migrant Project Professional
(775) 687-9256
Contact Kulwadee Axtell for questions about ELL programs.

Linda Fields
Education Programs Professional - EL and Migrant programs

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 Jes Irwin-McGinnis at to create 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.

  • To obtain a new login, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Jes Irwin-McGinnis at to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.