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  • Contact Information

    Organization Name Email Phone External Links
    State Education Agency (MA Dept. of Education)

    Shawn Sinclair-Slakk,
    Standards and Professional Development (781) 338-3574

    Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement

    Paulette Watson, English Proficiency Assessment (781) 338-3625

    Student Assessment Services

    WIDA Consortium WIDA Help Toll Free 1-866-276-7735
    MetriTech MetriTech
    (ask for WIDA Support)
  • Assessment Materials & Training

    Administering the W-APT

    The W-APT (WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test) is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. It assists educators to make identification, placement, and programmatic decisions for ELLs.

    W-APT test administrators must review the W-APT Test Administration Manual(s) and Scored Student Writing Samples before they can reliably administer and score the W-APT. To obtain the district-wide login used to access these materials, please contact your district ELL Director. New ELL directors or those who cannot locate their district login information should contact Paulette Watson at or 781-338-3625.

    Administering the ACCESS for ELLs Tests

    Educators must complete one or more modules of an online training course during the current school year to become certified test administrators for each ACCESS for ELLs test they will administer. Online training will begin in Massachusetts on or about October 1. Five modules are available:

      • Overview
      • Group-administered tests(Listening, Reading, and Writing)
      • Speaking test
      • Kindergarten test
      • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs test

    With the exception of the Overview, each module includes a quiz. A score of 80% or higher is required to pass each quiz. The choice of which areas each test administrator will train in will be determined by the principal or test coordinator. Each module takes about 1.5 to 2 hours and may be completed in one or more sessions, as necessary.

    A personal account is required to access the training course on the WIDA website (this is a personal ACCESS training login, not the district-wide login).To set up an individual training account, use the Account Creator.

    Contact WIDA Help at 1-866-276-7735 (toll free) or for information about a user name and password.
    See for more information about test administration and training.

    See for state documents on ACCESS for ELLs testing posted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • Important ACCESS for ELLs Administration Dates


    Start Date

    End Date

    Test Coordinator Training



    Test Ordering



    Schools Receive Test Materials



    Test Administration Window



    Deadline to order materials for new students



    Schools Pack Completed Materials



    Schools Ship Completed Materials to MetriTech



    Schools log on to MetriTech's Data Correction Online System to correct demographic data. Schools call MT with questions



    Student data file with 2014 ACCESS for ELLs scores posted to the Department's Security Portal


    Schools receive printed reports from MetriTech


    Schools report discrepancies to ESE




  • Professional Development

  • Miscellaneous Information

    Additional information coming soon

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