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Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) 

ACCESS is Utah’s summative assessment of English language learners. It is developed and maintained by the WIDA consortium, of which Utah is a member state. This assessment is administered for a number of purposes:

  • to measure individual students’ progress in achieving proficiency in speaking, listening to, comprehending, reading, and writing academic English
  • to determine the success of language development programs in individual schools and school districts
  • to fulfill a requirement of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001

2014-2015 School Year Dates

December 15, 2014
UTREx Upload Deadline (Pre-ID Labels)

December 15, 2014
ACCESS Materials Order Deadline

January 6, 2015

Ship Materials to Districts

January 12, 2015
ACCESS Materials Delivered

January 19 – March 13, 2015
Test Window

February 27, 2015

Additional Materials Deadline

March 13 - March 20, 2015

Districts Pack Completed Materials

March 20, 2015

Districts Ship Completed Materials

May 21 - May 25, 2015

Reports Shipped to Districts


ACCESS is administered by grade span and tier.






A, B, or C


A, B, or C


A, B, or C


A, B, or C

ACCESS Resources

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)

widahelp[at]wcer[dot]wisc[dot]edu(WIDA Helpdesk)

WIDA Download Library

WIDA ACCESS Test Ordering Presentation


MetriTech is WIDA’s scoring and materials handling contractor. All ACCESS materials are ordered through MetriTech, and all testing materials are subsequently returned to MetriTech for scoring.

MetriTech Login
Phone: (800) 747-4868


Local Education Agencies (LEAs) may use the screener of their choice to identify students for English learner services, as long as it assesses the four language modalities (reading, writing, speaking, listening). The following screeners are available through the Utah State Office of Education (USOE):


Utah Academic Language Proficiency Assessment (UALPA) was Utah’s previous summative assessment of English language learners (through the end of the 2012-13 school year).

Language Codes

Daron Kennett
English Language Arts and WIDA Assessment Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7819 | daron[dot]kennett[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)

Kurt Farnsworth
Assessment Development Supervisor
Phone: (801) 538-7673 | kurt[dot]farnsworth[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)