Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2008.

Assessments

Virginia uses Kindergarten W-APT or WIDA MODEL to identify English Language Learners (ELLs) in Kindergarten and WIDA Screener or WIDA MODEL for Grades 1-12. Virginia will continue to allow use of the 1-12 W-APT through October 2018 (further information on this transition is forthcoming). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELLs during the annual testing window, which typically lasts from early January through late March.

Testing Dates

10/10/18-11/20/18 Test materials ordering available in AMS (LEAs)
10/10/18-11/20/18 Load Pre-ID file into AMS (LEAs)
11/21/18-3/29/19 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
1/7/19 Districts receive test materials
1/21/19-3/29/19 Test Window
1/7/19-3/22/19 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
4/5/19 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/24/19-5/7/19 Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS
6/6/19 Districts receive reports – Printed and online
6/6/19-7/8/19 Post-reporting data validation – LEAs 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 Online Checklist ACCESS for ELLs Paper Checklist State-Specific Directions Identification and Placement Guidance

State Testing Requirements

School divisions specify whether online or paper-based tests will be administered during the Pre-ID upload window. Divisions have three options:

  • All ELLs in Grades 1-12 take the online assessment (with an option to respond to the Writing domain in a physical response booklet);
  • All ELLs in Grades 1-12 take the paper-based assessment; or
  • Some ELLs in Grades 1-12 take the online assessment and others take the paper-based assessment.

Kindergarten ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS remain paper-based assessments.

By default, students in Grades 4-5 taking ACCESS Online keyboard their Writing responses. If necessary, Writing response booklets can be ordered during the Additional Materials Ordering window.

Test Preparation and Training
  • ACCESS training courses and certification quizzes can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your Division Director of Testing if you do not have an account.
  • Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener training and test materials are located in the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your Division Director of Testing if your account does not have the necessary permissions.
  • To be certified to administer ACCESS, test administrators must complete the applicable training course and pass the certification quiz with an 80% or higher. Test administrators must complete all training components, including certification quizzes, annually.
  • Alternate ACCESS test administrators must complete the online training course and pass the certification quiz with an 80% or higher. Contact your Division Director of Testing to find out more information on local Alternate ACCESS training.
  • Proof of certification can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal. You may also be asked to submit physical proof to your Division Director of Testing. Contact your DDOT for more information.
  • For information on training for the 2018-2019 administration of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test, view the WIDA tutorial titled “Administering the Test” in the WIDA Secure Portal. 2018-2019 training will include WIDA Screener-Online and ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration sessions. Dates and locations will be shared via Superintendent’s Memoranda.

Professional Learning

For information on training for the 2018-19 administration of the WIDA Screener Online assessment, please see the Superintendent's Memo 2018-19.

For information on additional Virginia professional learning initiatives, please review the Superintendent's Memoranda.

Contacts

Kevin McClintock
Assessment Coordinator
(804) 225-2102
kevin.mcclintock@doe.virginia.gov

Louise Marks
Title III Coordinator
(804) 228-2901
louise.marks@doe.virginia.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 as a Test Administrator, contact your Division Director of Testing.
  • New Division Directors of Testing should contact Kia Johnson and Kevin McClintock 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 Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS)
WIDA AMS is managed by our partner company Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), and is where 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 Division Director of Testing.
  • New Division Directors of Testing should contact Kia Johnson and Kevin McClintock 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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