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.


Start Date

End Date

DRC Provides 2015-16 Site Data 8/15/2016 8/15/2016
SEA Provides 2016-17 Site Changes to DRC 8/16/2016 9/19/2016
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 10/4/2016 11/1/2016
Private Schools Upload Pre ID Files in AMS (LEAs) 10/4/2016 11/1/2016
Pre ID Files to DRC (SEA) 11/1/2016 11/1/2016
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 11/21/2016 2/10/2017
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 11/30/2016 11/30/2016
Additional Test Material Window in AMS 11/30/2016 2/3/2017
Test Window 12/6/2016 2/17/2017
ACCESS Primary Testing Window Closes 2/10/2017 2/10/2017
ACCESS Make-Up Window Opens 2/13/2017 2/13/2017
Last day to Ship Materials to DRC 2/15/2017 2/15/2017
ACCESS Make-Up Window Closes 2/16/2017 2/16/2017
All Test Materials Due at DRC for Scoring 2/17/2017 2/17/2017
Pre-Reporting Data Validation - LEAs in AMS 3/7/2017 3/15/2017
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) 4/21/2017 4/21/2017
Post-Reporting Data Validation Window - LEAs in AMS 4/21/2017 5/4/2017
Data Available to State 5/16/2017 5/16/2017
  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


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

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