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 email@example.com 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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information about a user name and password.
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 state documents on ACCESS for ELLs testing posted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.