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

(866) 317-6034

Samuel Aguirre (312) 814-6422
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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Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
Site File information is due in the ISBE Student Information System (SIS) by 4pm 8/7/17 9/29/17
Last day to select alternate testing dates (in SIS for SY17)   10/20/17
Pre-ID lables are updated in SIS. Printing and shipping the lables will be performed by DRC    
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 10/23/17 11/17/17
SEA Loads Pre-ID File into AMS 11/17/17 11/17/17
Last day to update SIS for Pre-ID lables (by 4pm)   11/17/17
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Test Sessions 12/21/17 3/9/18
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/8/18 1/8/18
Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS 1/8/18 2/28/18
Regular Test Window – All Domains 1/17/18 2/20/18
Ship paper materials to DRC (pickup day)   2/27/18
Waiver 1 Test Window – All Domains 1/24/18 2/27/18
Ship paper materials to DRC (pickup day)   3/6/18
Waiver 2 Test Window – All Domains 12/29/17 3/6/18
Ship paper materials to DRC (pickup day)   3/13/18
ACCESS Data Correction Window TBD TBD
Final ACCESS results posted in SIS   Late July, 2018
Districts Receive Reports – Printed and Online (On)   8/1/18

For 2017-18, 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 2016-17 will carry over to 2017-18. 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 has adopted the WIDA Screener for 2017–18 for 2nd semester of 1st grade through grade 12. Illinois is no longer using the W-APT for screening at any grade level. WIDA MODEL should be used for Kindergarten and 1st semester of 1st grade only. Placement criteria are in the table below.

Screener When Administered Domains Assessed Minimum Score for English Proficiency
MODEL K (1st Semester) Listening and Speaking 5.0 Oral Composite
MODEL K (2nd Semester) and 1st Grade (1st Semester) Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing 5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
WIDA Screener 1st Grade (2nd Semester) through 12th Grade Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing 5.0 Overall Composite
ACCESS 2.0 Data Corrections
Illinois will use the state Student information System for corrections to the 2017-18 ACCESS results, as in the past.

For information regarding current professional development offerings, please visit:

General Information

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.

Spanish Language Development Standards

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.