Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2013.
Utah uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener Online (Grades 1-12) to identify English learners (ELs). WIDA Screener Paper is appropriate for recently arrived ELs and students with significant disabilities. WIDA MODEL is allowed for screening (acceptable for LEAs electing to fund this option). ACCESS for ELLs (Grades K-12) is given to all ELs during the annual testing window, which typically lasts from early January through early March. Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is available for students with significant cognitive disabilities that qualify for Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM).
|10/31/22-11/16/22||Test materials ordering via AMS (LEAs) - Alternate and Braille only|
|12/5/22-3/3/23||WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions|
|1/3/23-1/4/23||Districts receive test materials|
|1/3/23-2/24/23||Additional test materials ordering window in AMS|
|3/13/23||Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC|
|3/29/23-4/11/23||Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS|
|4/28/23||Districts receive reports – Online|
|5/15/23||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.
State Testing and Requirements
- LEAs are required to administer the Screener within 30 days of enrollment within the first month of school, and within 10 days of enrollment thereafter. (Students are eligible for EL services if they earn a score of 1-4 on Screener for grades K-12.)
- To be certified to administer and score Utah WIDA assessments, Test administrators must annually complete the WIDA online training course for the appropriate assessment and grade span.
- All ELs must be tested annually using the ACCESS for ELLs assessment. When students earn a Proficiency Level of 5.0 or higher, they are considered fluent in English. Students are then re-designated to monitoring status for four years. Students are not required to take the ACCESS for ELLs assessment during these four years of monitoring. The LEA may use appropriate data, evaluation, and team-based problem solving to consider reclassifying the student as EL if, while in monitoring status, students demonstrate consistent and continued need for increased language support services.
- For more information, please visit the Utah USBE Assessment and Accountability website.
Test Preparation and Training
- To be certified to administer and score Utah WIDA assessments, Test administrators must annually complete the WIDA online training course for the appropriate assessment and grade level cluster on the end-of-module quiz.
- Utah Language Test Codes
State Specific Resources
Standards and Instructional Support
Additional instructional supports, home language surveys, and annual notification letters: USBE Title III: English Learners (ELs), Immigrants and Refugees
LEAs should pay particular attention to English learners with special needs and Utah’s refugee and immigrant populations who often enter into Utah’s schools with individual needs. LEAs should focus resources, as well as plan for, effective supports in transitioning into school and post-secondary opportunities that meet the students’ needs.
The WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, was released in December 2020. Please contact Christelle Estrada for questions regarding the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition.
Continuing Sept. 1, 2022, all educators in Utah have access to WIDA's Self-Paced Workshops. View the Self-Paced Workshops flyer for full workshop descriptions and intended audiences. Credit and relicensure points will be awarded upon completion of an Self-Paced Workshop.
All Self-Paced Workshops are free and available in the WIDA Secure Portal. Don't have a WIDA Secure Portal account? Contact your district's/LEA's ALS director for an account.
Ann-Michelle Neal, Ed.S.
Accountability, WIDA Assessment Specialist
Megan Lopez, M.Ed.
Secondary ELA Assessment Specialist, WIDA Testing Coordinator
Christelle Estrada, Ph.D.
Title III Education Specialist
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.
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 Lopez to create their account.
- For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at email@example.com 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 as a Test Administrator, contact your District Test Coordinator.
- New District Test Coordinators should contact Megan Lopez to create an account.
- For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (855) 787-9615.