Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2013.

Assessments

Utah uses Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten (acceptable for LEAs electing to fund this option), 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 early January through early March. Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is available for students with significant cognitive disabilities that qualify for Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)/Utah Alternate Assessment (UAA).

Testing Dates

12/7/18-3/8/19 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/3/19-1/7/19 Districts receive test materials
1/7/19-3/8/19 Test Window
1/3/19-3/1/19 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
3/22/19 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/8/19-4/12/19 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
5/14/19 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 Checklist State-Specific Directions Identification and Placement Guidance

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 1-12, or score 1-28 on K-WAPT for Kindergarten.)
  • To be certified to administer and score Utah WIDA assessments, Test administrators must complete annually the WIDA online training course for the appropriate assessment and grade span and score 80% or higher on the end-of-module quiz.
  • 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 SBE Assessment and Accountability website.
Test Preparation and Training
  • To be certified to administer and score Utah WIDA assessments, Test administrators must complete annually the WIDA online training course for the appropriate assessment and grade span and score 80% or higher on the end-of-module quiz.
  • Utah Language Test Codes

Standards and Instructional Support

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.

Professional Learning

To sign-up for WIDA PL opportunities, please go to MIDAS and search for the name WIDA under the “Course Registration” tab.

The WIDA eLearning Courses flyer provides an overview of the eLearning workshops that will be available for Utah educators in 2018-19.

Contacts

Ann-Michelle Neal, Ed.S.
Accountability, WIDA Assessment Specialist
(801) 538-7651
ann-michelle.neal@schools.utah.gov

Megan Lopez, M.Ed.
Secondary ELA Assessment Specialist, WIDA Testing Coordinator
(801) 538-7723
megan.lopez@schools.utah.gov

Christelle Estrada, Ph.D.
Title III Education Specialist
(801) 538-7888
christelle.estrada@schools.utah.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, 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 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 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 wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.

Account Creation Flyer