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  • Contact Information

    Organization Name Email Phone External Links
    State Education Agency (MN Dept. of Education) Cheryl Alcaya,
    English Learner Assessment Supervisor
    (651) 582-8419   MInnesota Department of Education:
    Assessment and Testing
    Tracy Cerda,
    English Learner Assessment
    Project Manager
    (651) 582-8692
    Michael Bowlus, English Learner Education Specialist michael.bowlus@state.mn.us (651) 582-8254   MInnesota Department of Education:
    English Learner Education

    Leigh Schleicher,
    English Learner Education Supervisor; State Title III Director

    (651) 582-8326
    Jill Watson,
    English Learner Education Specialist


    (651) 582-8652
    WIDA Consortium WIDA Help help@wida.us Toll Free 1-866-276-7735 www.wida.us
    MetriTech MetriTech wida@metritech.com
    (ask for WIDA Support)
  • Assessment Materials & Training

    ACCESS for ELLs Trainings & Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Training

    ACCESS for ELLs trainings are intended primarily for staff who are administering the ACCESS for ELLs for the first time in 2014.

    Alternate ACCESS for ELLs training is intended for staff who will be administering the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. If possible, districts are requested to send teams of Special Educators and EL staff who provide services to English learners with significant cognitive disabilities. The training will provide important information on how to administer and manage the unique logistics for the listening, reading, writing, and speaking parts of the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.

    These trainings do not replace the online training, scoring practice and certification provided on the WIDA website. Professional Development staff from the WIDA Consortium will conduct both trainings. These face-to-face trainings allow district staff to get their questions answered and to reflect on the test administration process as a group.

    Click here to register for one of the January ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs trainings

    Registrations will be processed in the order received. Sign-in will be from 8:30??9:00 a.m. each day. Please note that lunch is not provided for these workshops. Participants may bring a lunch or use the lunch break to get lunch from a local restaurant.

    Training Date Location Time
    Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Thursday, January 16 MDE Conference Center B: Room 15 9:00-4:00
    ACCESS for ELLs Thursday, January 21 MDE Conference Center B: Room 15 9:00-4:00
    ACCESS for ELLs Wednesday, January 22 Sartell-St. Stephen District Service Center
    212 3rd Ave North
    Sartell, MN 56377

    How do I gain access to view and/or download W-APT screener materials?

    Your W-APT username and password are required (this is a district-wide login, not your personal ACCESS for ELLs training login). If you don't know your district's W-APT username and password, please contact your District Assessment Coordinator.

    Is there anything else I should know about administering the W-APT?

    Please familiarize yourself with the Minnesota W-APT Guidelines document PDF icon as you train and prepare to administer the W-APT.

    Am I required to take the test administrator training quizzes to administer the ACCESS for ELLs test?

    Yes. All ACCESS for ELLs test administrators should complete the online training modules for the component they will be administering and be certified as a Test Administrator (TA) by achieving a score of at least 80% on each quiz. You must log in to access the training modules and quizzes.

    Do I need to retake the online training modules and get recertified if I passed the quizzes last year?

    For the administration of ACCESS for ELLs in grades 1-12, annual recertification by reviewing the training and successfully completing the quiz with a score of 80% or higher is required for the Speaking test component. The Minnesota Department of Education recommends recertification for the Group Administered component.

    For the administration of Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, test administrators must be certified every year.

    Online Training Module and Quiz
    Annual Recertification
    Test Background & Group Administered Component
    Speaking Test Component
    Kindergarten Test Component
    Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Test Component

    How do I set up my account for the ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Training Course?

    Contact your District Assessment Coordinator who can enroll you or give you the district W-APT username and password used to access the Account Creator.

    Is there an outline of basic information I need to know specific to administering ACCESS for ELLs in Minnesota?

    Yes! Please review the Minnesota ACCESS for ELLs Planning document PDF icon.

    Where can I learn about ACCESS for ELLs ordering, materials processing, shipping, scoring, and reporting?

    Please review the 2012 MetriTech PowerPoint slides for Minnesota PDF icon and contact MetriTech customer service at 1-800-747-4868 with any additional questions or concerns.

    Which English learners may be considered for the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs?

    English learners who received special education services and meet the participation guidelines PDF icon may take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.

  • Important ACCESS for ELLs Administration Dates


    Start Date

    End Date

    2013 Student reports arrive in district
    Test Materials Ordering Window 11/04/13 12/13/13
    Receive Test Materials
    Order additional test materials from MetriTech 01/17/14 03/07/14
    TESTING WINDOW DATES 02/03/14 03/21/14
    Make-up Dates Any day in the window after scheduled testing
    Ship test materials to MetriTech by
    Early assessment results available in Test WES
    Final assessment results available in MDE Secured Reports
    2014 Student reports arrive in district
  • Professional Development

  • Resources

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