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New Hampshire is an active member of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. WIDA is dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners (ELLs). To this end, the WIDA Consortium has developed English language proficiency standards and an English language proficiency test aligned with those standards (ACCESS for ELLs®). Over 4,000 ELL students in New Hampshire public schools take part in the ACCESS for ELLs®.

Under federal education law (Title I and Title III), ALL students who are identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) are required to be assessed each year with this approved assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 English language proficiency test is given yearly from mid-January to mid-March.

"LEP students" are defined as currently enrolled students who have not already reached threshold proficiency scores on the ACCESS test. Please note: the test must also be given to any LEP identified student who is currently eligible but who is not receiving services for ANY reason. There are some very limited exceptions to this participation requirement.

Definition of Proficiency - In order to reach proficiency on the ACCESS 2.0, a student must attain a composite score of no less than 5.0.

Certified ESOL teachers must complete online training through WIDA in order to administer the WIDA online screener and the ACCESS 2.0 test. If you plan to administer the ACCESS 2.0 test and need further information, please contact Julie Couch at (603) 271-0058 or

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium

WIDA - Help Line (1-866-276-7735)


New Hampshire Department of Education
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Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711