Select state education agency:

Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (WI Dept. of Public Instruction)

Jesse Roberts,
EL Assessment Consultant

Jesse.Roberts@dpi.wi.gov (608) 267-5153

EL Assessment

Audrey Lesondak,
Title III / Bilingual Ed

(608) 266-7292

Bilingual/ESL Program
WIDA Consortium WIDA Client Services Center help@wida.us Toll Free 1-866-276-7735 www.wida.us
Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) DRC WIDA Customer Service WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com

Toll Free 1-855-787-9615

Data Recognition Corp

What is a DAC? Who is my DAC?

DAC is short for District Assessment Coordinator. If you do not know who your DAC is, you can look that information up in the DAC contact list on the DPI website.

How do I gain access to and/or download the W-APT screener?

Access to the W-APT is tied to a WIDA account. If you don't have a WIDA account or don't have access to the W-APT materials, please contact your DAC.

How do I gain access to ACCESS for ELLs training materials?

Access to the these materials is tied to a WIDA account. If you don't have a WIDA account or don't have access to the ACCESS for ELLs training materials, please contact your DAC.

How do I gain access to ACCESS for ELLs test administration materials?

Access to the these materials is through the WIDA AMS. If you do not have a WIDA AMS account, please contact your DAC.

What am I required to do to be able to administer the ACCESS for ELLs assessment?

Log into the WIDA Website, click the link that says "My Account & Secure Portal", click the assessment you intend to administer, and view the training modules in the top green bar. Read the required manual sections as directed, and pass the final quiz with a score of 80% or better.

Do I need to retake trainings or quizzes if I passed them in a previous year?

Yes. The trainings for all assessments have been updated, and should be completed prior to administration.

Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
DRC provides 2016-17 site address and contact data 8/11/17 8/11/17
2017-18 Site address and contact changes provided to DRC 8/14/17 9/15/17
Test materials ordering via pre-ID file from SEA 11/1/17 11/1/17
Private schools upload pre-ID file in AMS (LEAs) 10/2/17 11/1/17
Public school pre-ID file to DRC (SEA) 11/1/17 11/1/17
WIDA AMS test setup available 11/27/17 2/2/18
Districts receive test materials (On) 11/30/17 11/30/17
Test window 12/4/17 2/2/18
Additional test material window in AMS 11/30/17 2/2/18
Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC 2/9/18 2/9/18
Pre-reporting data validation – LEAs in AMS 3/5/18 3/13/18
Districts receive reports – Printed and online (On) 4/23/18 4/23/18
Post-reporting data validation window – LEAs in AMS 4/23/18 5/7/18
Final data available to State 5/21/18 5/21/18
  1. Will Wisconsin be administering ACCESS for ELLs online or on paper?
  2. Wisconsin administers ACCESS for ELLs online.

  3. If we’re testing online, will there be any paper materials at all?

    Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs have not changed, and are still paper-based. They will be ordered and shipped with the rest of the Online ACCESS for ELLs materials.

    Grades 1-3 will still take the Writing domain in a paper booklet, as many students in these grades aren’t fluent with a keyboard. Booklets will be automatically sent when you order Online tests for them.

    Grades 4-12 will take all of the domains online, unless they fall into one of the categories that need to test on paper. (Alternate ACCESS, braille, large print, IEP/504 accommodation that can’t be met on a computer.) This includes grades 4-5 Writing.

    If you need full paper tests or paper Writing domain booklets, you will need to order these during the Additional Materials window.

Currently there are no professional development sessions scheduled in Wisconsin.

ELL Entry & Exit Criteria for Wisconsin

Initial Identification of English Language Learners
Criteria for Exiting English Language Learners as Fully English Language Proficient

Copies of this information and other ESEA Information Updates can be found at esea.dpi.wi.gov/esea_bulletins

Specific questions related to entry and exit should be directed to:

Audrey Lesondak
Title III/Bilingual Education


State Specific Direction ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

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