ACCESS, Alternate ACCESS and WIDA Screener for English Learners

English learners (ELs) Kindergarten - Grade 12 are required annually to take either the ACCESS or Alternate ACCESS for ELs. Initial EL eligibility is determined through administration of the WIDA Screener, an English language proficiency assessment.


ACCESS is taken annually by English learners in Kindergarten – Grade 12. The test measures annual progress towards development of English language proficiency.

ACCESS Testing Window: February 1 - March 22, 2024

Program Coordinator/Educator Resources

Scoring Appeals

The scoring appeal process allows NHED to address any claims of perceived scoring inaccuracy from LEAs in one or more areas of a student's individual score report; or a miscalculation of a student's overall composite score.

Alternate ACCESS for ELs

For English learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities, the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is the state adopted alternate English language proficiency (ELP) assessment. Students who have an IEP that requires administration of the DLM for the general assessment should take the Alternate ACCESS test.

Family Resources

Exit and Reclassification of English learners

WIDA Screener

The WIDA Screener is the state approved English language proficiency assessment given to new students in grades K-12. The screener is used to measure a student's English language proficiency and to determine eligibility as an English language learner.

Additional resources for NH EL Educators and ACCESS Test Coordinators are available in the WIDA Secure Portal. If you don't have access to the Secure Portal, please request access through your district i4see coordinator.

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