Select state education agency:
Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (MT Office of Public Instruction) Yvonne M. Field, Assessment Specialist (406) 444-0748
Jessica Eilertson, State Assessment Director (406) 444-3511

Natalee Hawks,

Title III Indian Education Specialist

(406) 444-3482
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 the W-APT screener materials?

You must contact your system test coordinator to request that they add access to the W-APT for your personal log in. Montana has shifted away from using the district log in for W-APT access.  System Test Coordinators can add access to the W-APT materials and training using the User Account Management Tool.

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

Once your district test coordinator has logged into their account, they can register you for your own account. Afterwards, you should receive an enrollment email with your username and password. If you don't see this message, please check your spam and bulk mail folders.

Contact your district test coordinator for help setting up your account.

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

Yes.  You must take all applicable training modules and receive a passing score of 80% on all quizzes for those modules. 

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

Yes, when you have completed the quiz you can use the My Training Certificate tile on the My Account & Secure Portal page to access your certificate, please print the certificate and give a copy to your System Test Coordinator.

Do I need to retake the training quizzes if I passed them in a previous year?

No. Certification is not required every year. Only when assessments change. However, OPI recommends that test administrators review the test administration manual and for assessments where the TA will be scoring any components of the assessment, the TA should review the portion of the training relevant to scoring.

Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
Test Materials Ordering via Pre-ID (SEA) 10/27/17 10/27/17
SEA Loads Pre-ID File into AMS 10/27/17 10/27/17
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Test Sessions 11/3/17 1/31/18
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 11/28/17 11/28/17
Test Window 12/6/18 1/31/18
Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS 11/28/17 1/24/18
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC 2/7/18 2/7/18
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – Data File to SEA TBD TBD
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – DRC Receives Data File From SEA TBD TBD
Districts Receive Reports – Printed and Online (On) TBD TBD
Data Available to State TBD TBD

1. Will Montana be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-2016?

Montana will be administering the online ACCESS for ELLs in 2015-2016. We will continue to use the Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs which are paper based.

2. Will 4th and 5th grade ELLs on the Writing test respond by handwriting or keyboarding?

Montana’s default for grades 4-5 Writing test is keyboarding. However, districts have the option of changing to handwriting if they feel this best meets their student’s needs.

3. 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

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Trainings are available on the WIDA website  System test coordinators will create accounts for each test administrator to access the ACCESS for ELLs trainings. In addition to the online training, OPI will be offering a series of live webinars on timely topics as the year progresses as well.  Please see the JUMP newsletter and the training section of the ELP page on the OPI website: for a detailed calendar with webinar access links.  Please contact Yvonne Field, 406-444 0748, with questions. 

ACCESS for ELLs System Test Coordinator Webinars:

Date/Time Topics and Audience Links will open at 2:00 pm

District and School Administrators
Title III Directors
System Test Coordinators
ESL/Bilingual Teachers

  • Click on the appropriate link.
  • Complete the survey/submit (You will be automatically routed to the webinar.)

October 12, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

ELL program participation deadline, ACCESS for ELLs test preparation

November 1, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00PM

Technology setup,  accounts, training, materials, test setup

November 29, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLS -speaking scoring

December 6, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Test window kickoff, ordering additional materials,  troubleshooting during testing

January 24, 2017
3:00 PM ? 4:00 PM

End of test window tasks, materials return, submitting tests,

April 11, 2017
3:00-4:30 PM

ACCCESS for ELLs Results Reports

2016-2017 Professional Development Opportunities:

MDPLN Online Course: Teaching and Assessing Limited English Proficient Students
Facilitators: Natalee Hawks, Yvonne Field
The purpose of this course is to increase understanding of teaching ELL students in Montana and to help participants come to a better understanding of the tools available through the WIDA Consortium. This course is designed to help teachers learn how to implement new approaches for teaching Limited English Proficient students in Montana.

  • Facilitated course Fall Dates TBD
  • 30 (Free) renewal units or 2 graduate credits ($135)
  • Enroll by clicking the course name
  • Class is limited to 30 participants
  • This course will be offered again in the Winter and Summer of 2017
  • Two Day WIDA Workshop

    February 6-7 

    Havre, MT

    To register contact:  Joan Franke,

Day 1: Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction Day 2: Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students


The ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports provide specific information on students' academic English language proficiency. Participants will examine the different types of reports, their connection to the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, and how these reports can serve as a tool to initiate discussion on instruction. This workshop is appropriate for K-12 staff invested in the education of language learners.


Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment
  • Identify the differences in the types of ACCESS for ELLs score reports and their uses
  • Describe considerations and methods for disseminating information contained in the score reports
  • Expose the academic language connection between score reports and WIDA Performance Definitions
  • Recognize how to use the score reports in collaborative conversations to inform language development


English language learners need instruction that is differentiated to meet the needs unique to learning an additional language and grade-appropriate content. Participants will approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset-based perspective, recognizing that language learners bring many contributions to the school community. This workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers, English Language specialists, administrators, curriculum development specialists, and support staff who are familiar with WIDA Standards.


Participants will be able to:

  • Define what language differentiation means in the instruction and assessment of ELLs
  • Describe how content, product, process, and environment are taken into account for language differentiation
  • Describe the pathways for differentiation of language
  • Describe how scaffolds and supports engage ELLs at various levels in the language and content of a lesson
State ID and Placement 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.