Select state education agency:
Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (GA Dept. of Education) Jacqueline C. Ellis,
ESOL Division (404) 463-1858 GA Department of Education; GA DOE ESOL & Title III Program; GA TESOL
Deborah Houston, Assessment Administration Division (404) 657-0251
WIDA Consortium WIDA Client Services Center Toll Free 1-866-276-7735
Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) DRC WIDA Customer Service

Toll Free 1-855-787-9615

Data Recognition Corp

What are the state approved identification and placement assessments for 2016-17?

  • Kindergarten, W-APT paper (free)
  • Grades 1-12, W-APT paper (free)
  • Grades 1-12, WIDA Screener online (free)
  • Grades 1-12, WIDA Screener paper (at a cost)
  • WIDA MODEL (at a cost)


What are the state approved identification and placement assessments for 2017-2018?

  • Kindergarten, W-APT paper (free)
  • Grades 1-12, WIDA Screener online (free)
  • Grades 1-12, WIDA Screener paper (at a cost)


How do I gain access to W-APT and/or WIDA Screener Online training and materials?
Your WIDA username and password are required, as well as permissions for W-APT and/or WIDA Screener. If you do not have a WIDA account, contact your System Testing Coordinator, Jacqueline C. Ellis (, or your ESOL Coordinator.

What are the launch dates for WIDA Screener Paper and WIDA Screener Online?

  • WIDA Screener Paper was released for purchase June 30, 2016.
  • WIDA Screener Online will become available November 1, 2016.

How can I get access to WIDA Screener (paper)?
The test materials are available for purchase from the WIDA Store at WCEPS (  There you will find all pertinent information regarding costs. WIDA Screener kits contain all materials necessary for testing up to five students simultaneously.
In addition to kits, all materials are available for individual “a la carte” purchase.  
Some test materials is available for local download and printing from the WIDA Screener (paper) training course under the Materials and Resources tab and from the WIDA Store. Test materials that will be available for free download are:

  • Test Administration Manual
  • Test Administrator’s Script
  • Student Response Booklet

All these materials are required to administer WIDA Screener (paper), except for the Recording Script, which is required only for students with certain accommodations. Test materials that may be reused repeatedly (Student Test Booklets and audio files) are not free due to the cost of producing these materials.

What is the 2016-17 Georgia ESOL Identification Criteria?
GA2016ExitCriteriaSlidesforPostACCESSWebinar.pdf PDF icon

Am I required to take the test administrator training quizzes to become approved to administer the all WIDA identification and placement assessments?
Yes. Log In to take the test administrator training quizzes. You must receive a passing score of 80% on all applicable quizzes.

Do I need to retake the training quizzes if I passed them in a previous year?
Yes, examiners must take and receive a passing score of 80% on all applicable quizzes, annually. Log In to take the test administrator training quizzes.

Do I need to show proof of my passing quiz grades (80%) from previous years?
No. System Test Coordinators have access to view all quiz scores within the course, so no paper copy is required.

How can I get access to WIDA Screener (Online)?
As with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, WIDA Screener Online will be available through the DRC INSIGHT test engine and test sessions will be set up in WIDA AMS. All test materials and scoring functionality will be available at no additional cost to members of the WIDA Consortium. Users will need relevant permissions within WIDA AMS to set up and administer test sessions and to score students’ responses.
Please Note:

  • Begin planning now for the transition from the W-APT to the WIDA Screener for grades 1-12 which will take place in 2017-2018.
  • Plan to attend the WIDA Screener Online Webinar November 4, 2016, from 1- 2:30 p.m., CST.
  • Georgia’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with WIDA in 2017-2018, and the per (EL) student cost the state pays to WIDA under that MOU, will cover costs for usage of the WIDA Screener online in Georgia.  Georgia will not be providing funds for those districts that choose locally to continue their use of the WIDA Screener paper, rather than transition to the online tool, after the end of the current (2016-2017) school year.  In rare instances where a prospective EL student’s defined/identified disability precludes their use of the WIDA Screener online, GaDOE Assessment Department will assist, and work with, the district to obtain the proper mode of WIDA Screener for the student’s use. 


Start Date

End Date

DRC Provides 2015-16 Site Data 8/15/2016 8/15/2016
SEA Provides 2016-17 Site Changes to DRC 8/16/2016 9/28/2016
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 10/12/2016 11/30/2016
Pre ID Files to DRC (LEAs) 10/12/2016 11/30/2016
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 12/7/2016 3/3/2017
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/5/2017 1/5/2017
Additional Test Material Window in AMS 1/5/2017 2/24/2017
Test Window 1/17/2017 3/3/2017
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Material to DRC 3/10/2017 3/10/2017
Pre-Reporting Data Validation 4/3/2017  4/14/2017
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) 5/12/2017 5/12/2017
Post-Reporting Data Validation Window 5/12/2017 5/25/2017
Data Available to State 6/7/2017 6/7/2017

Will Georgia be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2016-2017?

Both modes will be available for local systems in Georgia given the variances in technology state-wide and the needs of some students for whom online testing may not be appropriate (such as those with a disability that precludes successful interaction with a computer). District/System Test Coordinators will indicate their online counts and paper testing supply needs during the enrollment count collection that occurs October 12 – November 30, 2016.

What type of training is available for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for the three roles of those participating in delivery – Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, Tech Coordinators?

Trainings will consist of those provided by WIDA, DRC, and the GaDOE. These will occur via modules posted on the WIDA website along with GaDOE’s annual pre-administration webinars and a Question & Answer session just prior to the opening of Georgia’s ACCESS for ELLs window in January 2017.

What are the requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administrators?

Georgia requires all test administrators (examiners) to complete training annually. This requirement applies to test administrators (examiners) who are responsible for the administration of an online, paper-based, the Kindergarten, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, or any combination of these forms of ACCESs for ELLs.

  • For Online Grades 1-12, all Test Administrators (examiners) must complete the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Training Course, which includes a quiz for Online Grades 1-12 Test Administrators. Upon completion quiz scores will be recorded on the Certificate.
  • For Paper-Based Grades 1-12, all Test Administrators (examiners) complete the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Training Course AND complete Paper administration quiz and appropriate Speaking Quiz (80% score or above required).
  • For Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, Georgia requires Test Administrators (examiners) to complete the training and recertify annually. There is a quiz that requires a score of 80% or above.
  • For Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Georgia requires Test Administrators (examiners) to complete the training and recertify annually. There is a quiz that requires a score of 80% or above.

The Test Administration Manual states that the Writing Test is paper-based in grades 1-3. Will Georgia follow this administration plan as well?

In Georgia, in 2016-17, the Writing administration will be handwritten for all students in Grades 1-5. System personnel will not need to order Writing books, as DRC will ship amounts of paper Writing books based on the number of students enrolled on the online Listening and Speaking administrations.

  • The Online Test Administration:
    • For Grades 1–3, the student completes the full Writing test (prompts and responses) on paper
    • For Grades 4–5, all students read Writing prompts on the computer screen and in Georgia, will handwrite their responses on paper.
  • The Paper Test Administration:
    • For Grades 1–12, all students will read prompts on the test form and handwrite their responses on a paper test form.

Professional Development

For information about any upcoming WIDA professional development offerings in your area, please contact your District ESOL Coordinator.

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