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Wisconsin uses WIDA Screener for Kindergarten or WIDA MODEL to identify English learners (ELs) for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener for Grades 1-12. ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELs during the annual testing window, which typically lasts from early December through early February.

Find tips for testing at What to know: WIDA assessments in 2021-22 school year.

Testing Dates

9/27/21 WIDA AMS available for existing and new DACs
9/27/21-10/27/21 Non-public school upload pre-ID file into AMS (LEAs/DACs)
11/1/21-1/28/22 WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions
11/29/21 Districts receive test materials
11/29/21-1/28/22 Additional test materials ordering window in AMS
12/1/21-1/28/22 Test Window
2/8/22 Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC
2/16/22-2/24/22 Pre-reporting data validation in WIDA AMS
4/29/22 Districts receive reports – Online
5/9/22-5/23/22 Post-reporting data validation in WIDA AMS
5/12/22 Districts receive reports – Printed
6/7/22 Data available to State

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 Testing Requirements

  • Students in Grades 1-12 will take the online version of ACCESS.
  • Students in Grades 1-3 will view the Writing domain prompts and write their responses in a physical response booklet. You do not need to order these booklets separately.
  • Students in Grades 4-12 will complete all domains on the computer. If a student does not have sufficient keyboarding skills to respond to the Writing domain, Writing response booklets for Grades 4-12 may be ordered during the Additional Materials Ordering Window.
  • Schools may administer the paper-based version to students with an IEP or 504 Plan when the student’s accommodations cannot be met through the online assessment. If paper-based tests for Grades 1-12 are needed, they can be ordered during the Additional Materials Ordering Window.
  • Kindergarten ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS remain paper-based assessments.

Test Preparation and Training

  • ACCESS training courses are located in the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) or WIDA Client Services if you do not have an account. If you do not know who your DAC is, you can find this information on the DPI website.
  • Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener training and test materials are found in the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your DAC or WIDA Client Services if your account does not have the necessary permissions.
  • Student and test management, testing software, and materials ordering are done in the WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS). If you do not have a WIDA AMS account, contact your DAC.
  • 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 are required to pass the applicable certification quizzes annually. Educators who are scoring Speaking only need to pass the scoring test once annually, as the training for scoring the Screener and ACCESS is identical.

Wisconsin EL Policy Handbook

Professional Learning

eLearning courses are available for all Wisconsin educators in the WIDA Secure Portal starting September 1. DPI also offers WIDA professional learning opportunities directly to school districts and CESAs.


Jesse Roberts
EL Assessment Consultant
(608) 267-5153

Amy Maciolek
EL and Title III Consultant
(608) 266-1570

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.
(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, call (866) 276-7735, or contact your District Assessment Coordinator.
  • New District Assessment Coordinators should contact WIDA Client Services to obtain 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 DRC Customer Service to obtain an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at or call (855) 787-9615.