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
DRC Provides 2015-2016 Site Data to SEA 8/15/2016 8/15/2016
SEA Provides 2016-2017 Site Changes to DRC 8/16/2016 10/7/2016
Test Materials Ordering via Pre ID file from SEA 12/15/2016 12/15/2016
Pre ID Files to DRC (SEA) 12/15/2016 12/15/2016
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 1/16/2017 3/3/2017
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/16/2017 1/16/2017
Test Window 1/30/2017 3/3/2017
Additional Test Material Window in AMS 1/16/2017 2/24/2017
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Material to DRC 3/10/2017 3/10/2017
Pre-Reporting Data Validation (LEAs in WIDA AMS) 3/28/2017 4/11/2017
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) 5/8/2017 5/8/2017
Data Available to State 5/8/2017 5/8/2017
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 TBD TBD
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) TBD TBD
Data Available to State TBD TBD

Will South Dakota be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-2016?

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, South Dakota's English Language Learners will be administered ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. 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:
    • 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

These checklists can be found under ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Preparation Resources page on the WIDA website.

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

The South Dakota Department of Education will be hosting a New Assessment Coordinator Meeting in Pierre September, 29, 2015.




Differentiating for English Language Learners, Rapid City

Yutzil Rodriguez

Differentiating for English Language Learners, Pierre
Differentiating for English Language Learners, Huron
Differentiating for English Language Learners, Sioux Falls
South Dakota
State ID and Placement ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

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