Select state education agency:

Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (PA Dept. of Education) Eugenia Krimmel, Ed.D.
Bilingual Education Advisor (717) 787-5482 Pennsylvania Department of Education; ESL Portal
Bob Measel,
ESL Bilingual Education Advisor II/Title III Director  
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
Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 11/2/17 12/1/7
SEA Loads Pre-ID File into AMS 11/30/17 11/30/17
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Test Sessions 12/26/17 3/2/18
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/9/18 1/9/18
Test Window 1/22/18 2/23/18
Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS 1/9/18 2/9/18
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC 3/16/18 3/16/18
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – LEAs in AMS 4/26/18 5/7/18
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – Data Files to SEA 5/15/18 5/15/18
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – Data Files From SEA 5/22/18 5/22/18
Districts Receive Reports – Printed and Online (On) 6/19/18 6/19/18
Final Data Available to State 6/19/18 6/19/18

Who is allowed to become certified to administer the WIDA Screener in Pennsylvania?

  • The screener administrator does not need to be a certified teacher, but it is recommended.
  • The screener administrator must complete the WIDA Screener training module and obtain a quiz score of an 80% or higher.

How does a WIDA Screener test administrator gain access to the WIDA AMS and administrator training materials?

Please contact your LEA's test coordinator to set up your account and allow access to the Screener and training materials. If you are a new LEA test coordinator and need access to the Screener materials, please contact DRC to establish your new account.

How do I set up my account for the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administrator Training Course?

LEA Test Coordinators create personal accounts for test administrators using the Account Creator, assign training modules to eligible test administrators, maintain test administrators' test security and non-disclosure agreements, and verify course certificates documenting test administrators' completion of online training course modules. Contact your Test Facilitator to request an account.

Am I required to take the test administrator training quizzes to become approved to administer the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test?

Test administrators must be appropriately eligible and complete the relevant training module and quiz to be certified to administer each ACCESS assessment.

Test administrators must pass the quizzes with a score of 80% or above, and Test Facilitators should maintain documentation of test administrators' scores.

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

If you completed the training AND administered an assessment since 2015-2016, then you do not need to complete the training again this year. If you have not administered an assessment since 2015-2016, even if you completed the training at that time, you must complete the training this year before administering an assessment.

Do I need to show proof of my passing quiz grade?

Test Coordinators should maintain documentation of test administrators' scores on all applicable modules. Please confirm with your district facilitator that he or she has a record of your passing quiz grade on file. If there is no record of you completing the training, then you are required to complete it in 2017-2018 prior to administering an assessment.

Who is eligible to administer the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment?

Paper-based ACCESS, Kindergarten ACCESS, and Alternate ACCESS:

Test administrators (TAs) must be certified teachers (this includes reading specialists) with detailed knowledge of the WIDA English Language Development Standards and the levels of proficiency.

To administer the Alternate ACCESS, the TA must also be familiar with the EL, including their communication style, their IEP, and all needed accommodations. Paraprofessionals and personal care assistants are NOT eligible to administer the Paper-based, Kindergarten, or Alternate ACCESS.


Test administrators (TAs) must be certified teachers (this includes reading specialists) OR paraprofessionals with detailed knowledge of the WIDA English Language Development Standards and the levels of proficiency.

Will Pennsylvania be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2017-18?

Districts in PA are required to administer the online ACCESS 2.0 in 2017-2018 with the exception of students who are given the paper-based ACCESS 2.0 as an accommodation. Kindergarten ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS are paper-based.

Local education agencies (LEA) may order a paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 as an accommodation on a student-by-student basis (i.e. low computer literacy for students) during the ordering process. This must be based on each student's needs.

Information related to t?echnology requirements, setup, and upgrades for the 2017-18 administration will be available on the WIDA website by September 2017: ACCESS 2.0 Page

LEAs facing insurmountable challenges (i.e. lack of technology infrastructure) to administer online ACCESS 2.0 should notify the Pennsylvania Department of Education by contacting Bob Measel or Eugenia Krimmel as soon as possible.

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

Pennsylvania's 4th and 5th graders will handwrite their writing responses in a response booklet.

Where do test coordinators order the tests?

Test coordinators place orders through the WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS). District test coordinators should receive e-mail updates from DRC pertaining to important testing activity dates. Test coordinators should be reviewing these e-mails carefully to ensure that all activities related to ACCESS testing are completed accurately and on time.??

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s calendar of professional learning opportunities for school year 2017-18 is available on the ESL Portal at:

Identification Procedures are found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) webpage.

Reclassification, Monitoring, and Re-designation Procedures are found on this PDE page.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist State Specific Directions


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