Massachusetts

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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

    sslakk@doe.mass.edu (781) 338-3574

    Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement

    WIDA Consortium WIDA Help help@wida.us Toll Free 1-866-276-7735 www.wida.us
    MetriTech MetriTech wida@metritech.com
    1-800-747-4868
    (ask for WIDA Support)
    www.metritech.com
  • 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 access to these materials, please contact your district ELL Director. New ELL directors should contact the Department at mcas@doe.mass.edu or 1-781-338-3625 to be assigned the ACCESS for ELLs District Administrator role.

    Administering the ACCESS for ELLs Tests

    Test Administrator Training and Certification
    Educators must complete the WIDA online training modules and take an online quiz in order to become certified as a test administrator for each ACCESS for ELLs test they will administer. Online training will begin in Massachusetts on or about October 1.

    Not required to retrain or recertify:
    Test administrators who were certified to administer the ACCESS for ELLs group-administered tests in Grades 1-12 (Listening, Reading, and Writing) in 2013-2014 are not required to retrain or recertify for those tests in 2015.

    Required to train and certify/re-certify:

    • All first-time ACCESS for ELLs test administrators are required to train and certify for all ACCESS tests they will administer.
    • All returning ACCESS for ELLs test administrators who will administer the following tests are required to retrain and recertify in 2015:
    • Speaking test
    • Kindergarten test
    • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs test

    The principal or test coordinator will determine which tests will be administered by each test administrator. Each training module and quiz takes between 1 and 1.5 hours and may be completed in one or multiple sessions, as needed. Test administrators must receive a score of at least 80 percent on the online quiz for each ACCESS test module to become (or remain) certified to administer ACCESS for ELLs.

    A WIDA personal account is required to access the training course on the WIDA website. To set up a WIDA personal account, see instructions at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/PersonalAccount-Instruct.html.

    See http://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS/#admin for more information about test administration and training.

    See http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/ for documents on ACCESS for ELLs testing posted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • Important ACCESS for ELLs Administration Dates

    Task

    Start Date

    End Date

    Schools Order Test Materials

    10/27/14

    11/14/14

    Schools Receive Test Materials

     

    1/5/15

    Test Administration Window

    1/8/15

    2/11/15

    Deadline to Order Test Materials for New Students

     

    1/31/15

    Schools Pack Completed Test Materials

     

    2/12/15

    Schools Ship Completed Materials to MetriTech

     

    2/13/15

    Schools Correct Demographic Data Online

    4/1/15

    4/10/15

    Data File with 2015 ACCESS for ELLs Scores Posted to Security Portal

     

    5/18/15

    Schools Receive Printed Reports

     

    5/18/15

    Schools report discrepancies to ESE

    5/25/15

    7/17/15

  • Professional Development

    Additional information coming soon.

  • Miscellaneous Information

    Additional information coming soon.

Massachusetts
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