ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Announcement Archive

February 14, 2017

A new webinar entitled "2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Changes" has been added to the Webinar Schedule. This webinar will contain important information about the changes in proficiency level scores and will provide suggestions to Test Administrators and Test Coordinators for communicating these changes with students, families, administrators, and educators.  

February 9, 2017

A new training tutorial entitled "Data Validation" is available on the Afterward page of the Online and Paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Training Course. This tutorial provides instructions to LEAs completing data validation in WIDA AMS.

Feburary 8, 2017

Does your site use iPads for administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online? If so, we would love to hear from you about the experience. Take a 5-minute survey.

February 2, 2017

DRC has received some reports of a Speaking Test issue that is resolved by whitelisting a particular URL at the system level. Details are available in the Speaking Test Whitelisting Memo.

If your testing site administered ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online, please return completed Grades 1-3 Handwriting test booklets to DRC immediately. In order to conduct quality assurance checks on scoring processes, DRC will need at least 5,000 additional test booklets returned by February 7. 

An iPad Troubleshooting Guide has been posted to the ACCESS 2.0 Technology page.

January 5, 2017

The Quick Start TSM Installation Webinar is coming up on January 19th from 1:00pm-2:00pm CT. This is an important topic for those LEAs testing just a few ELLs with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online. A software overview and the Quick Start installation of the Testing Site Manager (TSM) and the INSIGHT secure browser will be provided. DRC IT staff will be available to answer questions. 

For upcoming webinar dates, take a look at the full webinar schedule.

December 22, 2016

A new flyer has been posted entitled "What's New?: ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 2016-17 Administration."

The WIDA Client Services Center hours for January:

Mon., 1/2: 8am - 5pm CST
Mon., 1/16: 8am - 5pm CST


M-Th: 7am - 7pm CST
F: 7am - 5pm CST

December 20, 2016

In observance of the holidays, DRC Customer Support will be closed on 12/26 and 1/2.
The WIDA Client Services Center will be closed on 12/26.

December 8, 2016

WIDA Client Services Center December hours

December 5–16

Monday-Thursday: 7am-7pm CST
Friday: 7am-5pm CST

December 19–30

Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm CST

December 5, 2016

A new topic, Quick Start TSM Installation, has been added to the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar schedule to provide Technology Coordinators with a software overview and an opportunity to learn about QuickStart installation of the TSM and INSIGHT. For upcoming webinar dates, take a look at the full webinar schedule

November 22, 2016

DRC Customer Service will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th.

November 18, 2016

Looking for tips to get your students ready for testing on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? Visit and download a flyer for online or paper testing.

November 16, 2016

The WIDA Client Services Center will be open the following hours during the week of Thanksgiving:

Mon, 11/21 from 7am–7pm CT
Tues, 11/22 from 7am–7pm CT
Wed, 11/23 from 7am–5pm CT
Thurs, 11/24 - CLOSED
Fri, 11/25 from 8am–4pm CT

WIDA has scheduled webinars to share information with educators regarding the impact of the new cut scores. The webinar dates and times are listed below. More information will be shared soon.

March 10, 2017 from 1:00pm–2:00pm CT
March 14, 2017 from 1:00pm–2:00pm CT

November 11, 2016

Supplemental optional practice materials for the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Speaking Test are now available in the Paper-Based Training Course. These materials feature new Speaking tasks, model student responses to those tasks, samples of student spoken language at different score points, and explanations of those scores.

November 2, 2016

The TSM and INSIGHT Secure Browser are now available for download in WIDA AMS.

WIDA is still working with many state education agencies to finalize their ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklists. So far, 22 states have posted their checklists. The remaining checklists will be posted in the upcoming weeks.

October 11, 2016

New cut scores will be applied to 2017 score reports, which may result in lower student scores in many cases. Learn more

The Technology tab of this webpage has been updated to include the following:

  • Revised text to introduce the technology preparation process for online testing
  • Technology User Guide
  • Mac and Windows Quick References
  • Troubleshooting support resources

October 5, 2016

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 PowerPoints in the Facilitator Toolkit have now been completely updated for 2016-17.

September 22, 2016

Your state’s ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist is scheduled for release by October 27, 2016.

September 1, 2016

Training: Please share the 2016-17 Training Overview memo widely in your school or district so that everyone is aware of training course changes and certification requirements.

Website Changes: The WIDA Assessment Management System has an updated interface for 2016-17, moving the site navigation menu from a vertical to a horizontal layout. It is designed to be compatible with tablets and mobile devices. View the new menu layout WIDA has made minor changes to website account management. We hope these changes will make it easier for you to create accounts, edit them, and manage permissions on our website. View the new menu layout

WIDA has made minor changes to website account management. We hope these changes will make it easier for you to create accounts, edit them, and manage permissions on our website. View details and screen shots of the changes