Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2014.

Assessments

Tennessee uses Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener (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 February through early April.

Testing Dates

1/9/19-4/5/19 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
2/5/19 Districts receive test materials
2/19/19-4/5/19 Test Window
2/5/19-4/3/19 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
4/9/19 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/25/19-5/1/19 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
6/3/19 Districts receive reports – Printed and online

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 State-Specific Directions Identification and Placement Guidance

Standards and Instructional Support

Tennessee uses WIDA language development standards and provide instructional support through professional development and guidance documents.

Professional Learning

For the following professional development opportunities, check with your district EL Coordinator.

  • Access for ELLs Test Coordinator Training (1/2 day)
  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Training
  • WIDA Screener Overview (e-workshop)
  • WIDA AMS for Screener (1/2 day)

Contacts

Megan Sellers
Program Manager for TCAP Special Assessments
(615) 906-1548
megan.sellers@tn.gov

Katie Barcy
Assistant Director, English Learner & Title III Programs
(615) 532-1392
katie.barcyn@tn.gov

Jan Lanier
Director of English Learner, Immigrant, and Migrant Programs
(615) 532-6314
jan.lanier@tn.gov

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, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Megan Sellers at megan.sellers@tn.gov to create their 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 Megan Sellers to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.

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