Instructions for Creating WIDA Accounts
Existing WIDA personal accounts:
If you already have a WIDA personal account, then it is still valid for the 2020–2021 school year. To update your account user name (i.e., your email address), log in to your account and change the user name to your current email address in the grey box in the right-hand side bar. Click Save at the bottom of the grey box to save changes. To update your password, click the blue Change Password box in the upper right-hand corner of the grey box. You do not need to create a new account, even if you have changed districts.
To obtain a WIDA personal account for the first time:
Please contact the English Learner (EL) Program Director, District or School ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinator, or Principal in your school or district to obtain a new WIDA personal account—these individuals can generate a new WIDA personal account for you. Please do not call WIDA or DESE to do this for you. Those with WIDA personal accounts are granted access to the WIDA Screener Online, online test administrator training modules, and the online ACCESS tests, as well as other WIDA publications.
New District ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinators:
The WIDA Client Services Center at 866-276-7735 or email@example.com can help you to set up your new WIDA personal account with District Test Coordinator (DTC) permissions. Before contacting the WIDA Client Services Center, please ensure that your name is listed as an ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinator for the district in the Department's School and District Profiles. Contact your Directory Administrator for assistance in adding your name, if it is not currently listed. Once it is listed, the WIDA Client Services Center can give you an account with DTC permissions. See the next section if you are a continuing District ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinator.
EL Program Directors, District ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinators, and Principals with existing WIDA accounts:
Staff in these roles will have District Test Coordinator permissions that allow them to set up WIDA personal accounts for others in the district or school, including School Test Coordinators. Those with DTC permissions will receive an email from WIDA confirming that they have DTC permissions.
The following instructions describe how an individual with School or District Test Coordinator permissions can set up a personal account for another staff person:
- Login to the WIDA Secure Portal at wida.wisc.edu and select the orange button at the top right corner of the screen titled "My Account & Secure Portal."
- Select the blue tile titled "Account Creator."
- Click the grey "Continue" button after reading the message.
- Fill out the contact information and check the features and roles desired for the person who needs an account.
- Select "Create My Account" at the bottom of the page.
- The individual should receive an email almost immediately after you have created their account with a link that allows them to set up their own password.
Once a WIDA account is created, educators will have access to online training modules and other WIDA materials and resources. Individuals should write down and securely store their account user name and password.
If you have a WIDA Secure Portal account but forgot your password, click on the "Forgot password" link for assistance.
If you are having trouble logging in, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org .
WIDA AMS Accounts
The WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS) supports the administration of ACCESS for ELLs tests, including entering and editing student information, managing students taking ACCESS tests, and viewing ACCESS test results. Only District Test Coordinators can create WIDA AMS School and District Test Coordinator, as well as Educational Technology Director, accounts for staff in their school or district. Existing accounts will be carried over from the previous school year.
New District ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinators should contact DRC Customer Service at 855-787-9615 or WIDA@DataRecognitionCorp.com for assistance in setting up their WIDA AMS accounts. Before contacting DRC Customer Service, please ensure that your name is listed as the ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinator for your district on the School and District Profiles page on the Department's website. For assistance in adding your name and role to School and District Profiles, please contact your Directory Administrator.
Last Updated: October 7, 2020