Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2021.


Washington will begin administering ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Screener for the 2021-22 school year. For students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, Washington will continue to administer the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs in the 2021-22 school year.

Washington uses the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten for students enrolled in kindergarten. Students in Grades 1-12 are screened using the WIDA Screener Online unless a paper accommodation is required by an IEP or 504 plan. Paper screeners can be obtained through an emailed request to All screener assessments are administered on grade level.

Testing Dates

1/19/22-1/20/22 Districts receive test materials
1/19/22-3/18/22 Additional test material ordering window in AMS
1/31/22-3/25/22 Test Window
4/5/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
4/27/22-5/8/22 Pre-reporting data validation - LEAs in AMS*
5/23/22 Districts receive reports - Online
6/13/22-6/14/22 Districts receive reports - Printed
6/14/22-6/28/22 Post-reporting data validation - LEAs in AMS

* Helpdesk support for pre-reporting data validation available through Friday, May 6. No helpdesk availability on Saturday or Sunday May 7-8.


Resources and Requirements

See the sections below for state-specific information and resources related to EL assessments, 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

State Testing Guidance

Washington’s multilingual learners who qualify for ELD services in grades 1–12 will take ACCESS for ELLs Online. OSPI requires multilingual students to take the online version of the ACCESS for ELLs except in cases where the paper, large print, or braille versions are needed as an accommodation. If there is a reason a district will need to consider the paper version (i.e., district lacks the necessary technology infrastructure for a successful administration), a district must submit a request through their district assessment coordinator.

Note: Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will remain paper-based.

Washington’s 4th and 5th grade students will keyboard their responses to the Writing domain test.

Students grades 4 -12 needing to handwrite responses for the Writing domain test will need a 504 or IEP accommodation.

Test Preparation and Training

  • Administrators of the paper-based test should note that if they are administering and scoring Speaking, they will need to complete the Speaking scoring training and quiz(zes) unless they completed this training at the needed grade level for WIDA Screener.
  • To access the Test Administrator Training Course, please contact your district assessment coordinator (DAC) for help setting up your account.
  • You must pass the certification quiz in the training course for the test you will administer.
  • You do not need to show proof to your DAC that you passed your quizzes – DACs have access to your training history in the WIDA Secure Portal.

Standards and Instructional Support

The WIDA ELD Standards workshops will be available March – August 2021. Dates and registration details will be posted and announced soon from OSPI's Office of Bilingual Education.

Professional Learning

All K-12 Washington State public school educators have access to the WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops linked below through August 31, 2022. To earn free clock hours, register for each workshop through pdEnroller. Access the eWorkshops through the WIDA Secure Portal, by logging in and selecting the Professional Learning path. Select the course, click on the Course Details page and enroll. Once you have completed the eWorkshop, complete the pdEnroller survey for that eWorkshop. After you complete the survey, OSPI will process your clock hours and they will be automatically posted to your eCert file.

Self-Paced WIDA eWorkshops with Free Clock Hours

For questions, contact Virginia Morales at


Leslie Huff
ELP Assessment Coordinator
(360) 725-6338 

Virginia Morales
Bilingual Education Program Supervisor
(360) 725-4477

WIDA Client Services Center
Contact the WIDA Client Services Center for questions about training materials, test administration procedures, classroom resources, or for problems with your WIDA Secure Portal account.
(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 for assessment training, contact your District Assessment Coordinator.
  • To obtain a new login for professional learning, contact the WIDA Client Services Center.
  • New District Assessment Coordinators should contact Leslie Huff at to create an account.
  • For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at 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 Assessment Coordinator.
  • New District Assessment Coordinators should contact Leslie Huff at to create an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.