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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

2013-2014 School Year Dates

December 16, 2013
UTREx EL Upload Deadline (Pre-ID Labels)

December 16, 2013
ACCESS Materials Order Deadline

January 13, 2014
ACCESS Materials Delivered

January 20 – March 14, 2014
ACCESS Test Administration Window

March 21, 2014
Return ACCESS Materials Deadline


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)