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Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (KY Dept. of Education) Gary Martin (502) 564-4970  

Kentucky Department of Education; KY TESOL

Chris Williams (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750
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

How do I gain access to view and/or download Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Online Screener Grades 1-12 training materials?

Your username and password are required. If you don't know your password, please contact your district facilitator.

How do I set up my account for the ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Training Course?

Contact your state facilitator for help setting up your account: Chris Williams at (502) 564-4394 x4106 or

Am I required to take the test administrator training quizzes to become approved to administer the ACCESS test?

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, you have to retake all quizzes this year. If testing online, you must complete the checklist.

Do I need to show proof of my passing quiz grades (80%) from previous years?

No. KDE maintains a list of all passing quiz grades from previous years.

Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
Test materials ordering via AMS (LEAs) 10/6/17 11/6/17
SEA Loads pre-ID file into AMS 11/6/17 11/6/17
WIDA AMS test setup available for test session 12/7/17 2/9/18
Districts receive test materials (On) 12/7/17 12/7/17
Test window 1/1/18 2/9/18
Additional test material ordering window in AMS 12/7/17 2/2/18
Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC 2/19/18 2/19/18
Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS 3/8/18 3/22/18
Districts receive reports – Printed and online (On) 4/23/18 4/23/18
Post-reporting data validation – SEA only in AMS 4/25/18 5/7/18
Data Available to State 5/21/18 5/21/18

Will Kentucky be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0?

Beginning January 4, 2016, Kentucky's English learners (ELs) will be administered ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, which replaces ACCESS for ELLs. The Kentucky State Department of Education strongly encourages Grades 1-12 ELs be administered the online version. There are many benefits to the online testing, increased student engagement through the more dynamic testing experience, built-in accommodations, and accessibility features appropriate. With the online version, multiple grades can be administered and finally, increased ease for Test Administrators (TA), who will no longer need to administer and score the Speaking test one-on-one.

ACCESS 2.0 will be online. All TAs, Test Coordinators and Tech Coordinators administering the online assessment will have to complete a checklist.

Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will remain paper-based. Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs test administrators do not have to recertify.

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?

  • All training materials will be available virtually through web-based modules and online resources
  • WIDA has developed checklists to provide specific information to support test preparation and administration for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for school year 2015-2016. These checklists are the following roles:
    • Technology Coordinator – responsible for all technical and system set up for online testing
    • Test Coordinator – responsible for the overall coordination or test administration activities
    • Test Administrator – responsible for administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

Recorded webinars are available on the WIDA website as well the registration links to upcoming training webinars.

The Kentucky Department of Education will be hosting several ACCESS 2.0 Lync sessions to assist districts this year with testing. See Kentucky specific trainings in the Monday DAC E-mail.

Writing Domain (Testing Online)

  • For grades 1-3- The prompts and responses will be entered in the test booklet
  • For grades 4-5- The prompts will be online and responses will be entered in the test booklet
  • For grades 6-12- The prompts and responses will be entered online

WIDA Scaffolding Workshop (2 days plus extension webinar)

November 29-30, 2017

February 19 (follow-up extension webinar)

Register at (closed)

Wait list registration at

Foundational Concepts Online Module

Starts September 1, 2017 (ongoing)

Register at

ACCESS for ELLs and Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Online Screener Grades 1-12 test administrators in the state of Kentucky MUST be certified in ACCESS for ELLs test administration by having completed the online course located on this website.

State ID and Placement ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist State Specific Directions


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