Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2006.

Assessments

Oklahoma uses Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten, and WIDA Screener (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 late January through late March.

Testing Dates

10/25/19-11/26/19 Test materials ordering available in AMS (LEAs)
12/18/19-3/27/20 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/7/20 Districts receive test materials
1/13/20-3/27/20 Test Window
1/7/20-3/20/20 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
4/3/20 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/20/20-5/8/20 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
5/27/20 Districts receive reports – Online
6/5/20 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 Checklist State-Specific Directions

Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

  • ACCESS for ELLs Online is administered for English learners (ELs) in Grades 1-12. 
  • ELs in Grades 1-3 will assess the Writing domain using paper booklets.
  • ELs in Grades 4-5 may opt to assess the Writing domain using paper booklets.
  • Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs remain as fully paper-based assessments.
  • ELs with special needs may take the paper-based ACCESS for ELLs if so indicated in their IEP or 504 Plan.
  • For newly arrived ELs and/or ELs who have considerable difficulty in keyboarding, local school systems may order handwriting response booklets in the additional test materials ordering window (see the “Testing Dates” timeline on the Oklahoma state WIDA page for window dates).

Test Preparation and Training

  • The WIDA Secure Portal account provides access to Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA Screener, and all ACCESS training materials.
  • If district staff are administering ACCESS for ELLs Online, Kindergarten ACCESS, or Alternate ACCESS, recertification is not required. However, OSDE strongly recommends that test administrators refresh their knowledge with training resources available on the WIDA Secure Portal.
  • To administer a specific WIDA assessment, test administrators must complete the associated training course and pass the assessment certification quiz with a score of 80% or higher. 

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

English Learners/WIDA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

This document contains comprehensive information on all aspects of identifying, serving, and testing English learners in Oklahoma public schools.

Professional Learning

Please contact the Oklahoma State Department of Education's Office of Assessment at (405) 521-3341 for information on available state EL professional development offerings. Interested parties may also consult OSDE's English Language Proficiency Assessments (ELPA) webpage, and/or contact the Office of Assessment to request to be added to OSDE's EL/WIDA listserv. This listserv is OSDE's primary means of communication with districts regarding all things EL/WIDA, including registration information for state EL PD offerings.

Beginning September 1st, 2019, educators in Oklahoma have access to WIDA's self-paced eWorkshops. View the eWorkshop flyer for full descriptions and intended audiences.

All eWorkshops are free and available in the eLearning Center in the WIDA Secure Portal. To set up a Secure Portal account for eLearning, contact your District Test Coordinator. District Test Coordinators should contact WIDA Client Services at help@wida.us with any questions or for assistance.

Contacts

Yuseli Freire
English Language Proficiency and Monitoring Specialist
(405) 522-0862
yuseli.freire@sde.ok.gov

Federal Programs, Title III Contact
(405) 521-2846
federalprogramstitle3@sde.ok.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 as a Test Administrator, contact your EL Coordinator or District Test Coordinator.
  • New EL Coordinators should contact Yuseli Freire at yuseli.freire@sde.ok.gov to create an account.
  • For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at help@wida.us or call (866) 276-7735.

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 EL Coordinator or District Test Coordinator.
  • New EL Coordinators should contact Yuseli Freire at yuseli.freire@sde.ok.gov to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.