South Dakota

Select state education agency:

Organization Name Email Phone External Links
South Dakota Title III Director and WIDA Contact Yutzil Becker (605) 773-6400 SD Dept of Education
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 district or state facilitator to request the username and password for your district.

How do I get a personal account to begin my ACCESS for ELLs online test administrator training?

ACCESS for ELLs online test administrator training course enrollment is handled by your district assessment coordinator. Please contact that individual to request an account.

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?

Once you have taken the complete training and passed the quizzes, only the speaking portion of the training and its corresponding quiz must be retaken every year.

Description Start Date End Date
Test Materials Ordering Via Pre-ID File (SEA) 12/14/2017 12/14/2017
SEA Loads Pre-ID File into AMS 12/14/2017 12/14/2017
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Test Sessions 1/15/2018 3/2/2018
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/15/2018 1/15/2018
Test Window 1/29/2018 3/2/2018
Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS 1/15/2018 2/23/2018
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC 3/9/2018 3/9/2018
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – LEAs in AMS 3/27/18 4/10/18
Districts Receive Reports – Printed and Online (On) 5/7/18 5/7/18
Data Available to State 5/7/18 5/7/18

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

The South Dakota Department of Education requires ELLs in grades 1-12 be administered the online version except in cases where online testing is not allowed. There are many benefits to the online testing, increased student engagement through the more dynamic testing experience, built-in accommodations, and accessibility features appropriate, to name a few. With the online version, multiple grades can be administered and finally, increased ease for TAs, who will no longer need to administer and score the Speaking test one-on-one. Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs continues to be paper-based and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will remain the same. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 paper-based assessment will be available for districts that are not ready for online testing. The paper-based version will also be available as an accommodation.

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

South Dakota's 4th and 5th grade students will keyboard their Writing responses.

What type of training is available for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and for the three roles of those participating in delivery (Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, and 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:
  • South Dakota Department of Education will host an Overview of the WIDA Screener webinar on August 24, 2017 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm CST.

The South Dakota Department of Education will be hosting a New Assessment Coordinator Meeting in Pierre on August 30th, 2017.




WIDA Screener Workshop – Pierre

Yutzil Rodriguez

Formative Language Assessment – Sioux Falls
South Dakota
State ID and Placement ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist State Specific Directions


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