Select state education agency:
Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (Illinois State Board of Education-ISBE) Barry Pedersen

(866) 317-6034

Angela Foxall (866) 317-6034
Seon Hwa Eun

(312) 814-3850

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

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DRC Provides 2015-2016 Site Data to SEA 8/15/2016 8/15/2016
SEA Provides 2016-2017 Site Changes to DRC 8/16/2016 10/3/2016
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 10/24/2016 11/18/2016
Pre ID Files to DRC 11/18/2016 11/18/2016
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 12/5/2016 2/24/2017
Waiver 1 – WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 12/5/2016 2/17/2017
Waiver 2 – WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 12/5/2016 2/24/2017
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/5/2017 1/5/2017
Test Window 1/9/2017 2/10/2017
Waiver 1 – Extended Test Window 1/16/2017 2/17/2017
Waiver 2 – Extended Test Window 1/23/2017 2/24/2017
Additional Test Material Window in AMS 1/5/2017 2/17/2017
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Material to DRC 2/17/2017 2/17/2017
Waiver 1 – Deadline for Shipping Completed Materials to DRC 2/24/2017 2/24/2017
Waiver 2 – Deadline for Shipping Completed Materials to DRC 3/3/2017 3/3/2017
Pre-Reporting Data Validation 4/21/2017 4/21/2017
Pre-Reporting Data Validation - Data Files From SEA 6/22/2017 6/22/2017
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) 8/1/2017 8/1/2017
Data Available to State 7/24/2017 7/24/2017

For 2016-17, Illinois school districts again have the option of using either the online or paper format for ACCESS testing with these exceptions.

  • Kindergarten is paper only
  • Alternate ACCESS is paper only
  • Writing at grades 1-3 is paper only.
For all other ACCESS testing, the default format is online, but paper materials are available. Paper materials are ordered through

Testing sites and user accounts created on WIDA-AMS, for 2015-16 will carry over to 2016-2017. Those who are District Coordinators on WIDA-AMS can create new user accounts for others in their district and schools. They may also assign/re-assign permissions for user accounts, or make them inactive. To add a district or school to WIDA-AMS, contact Barry Pedersen, 866-317-6034, or

Illinois will not adopt the WIDA Screener for 2016-2017. Illinois will continue using the W-APT for grades 1-12 and MODEL for K-12.

ACCESS 2.0 Data Corrections
Illinois will use the state Student information System for corrections to the 2016-17 ACCESS results, as in the past.

For information regarding current professional development offerings, please visit:

Please check the information about test administrator requirements (link to and how to get certified for ACCESS administration (link to on the ISBE website.

To determine eligibility for ELL program services based on W-APT or WIDA MODEL screeners in the state of IL, please refer to the Screening for English Language Proficiency (ELP) page (link to

Please contact the ISBE contacts listed at the top of the page with any questions about ELP assessments and EL program eligibility.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

Questions? Need Help? Contact our Client Services Center
Email, or call toll free 1-866-276-7735 M-F 8am-5pm CST.

Contact DRC
Email WIDA
or call toll free 1-855-787-9615 M-F 6am-8pm CST.