ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment

Updates

Statistics

All states have completed testing. Approximately 4,507,000 online test sessions were completed this testing cycle.

Manual errata or changes

View changes that have been made to training manuals.

DRC System Status

No known outages at this time.

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If you are experiencing other difficulties, check this Troubleshooting Chart.

Announcements

March 22, 2017

A new parent handout on 2017 score changes is now available. This handout explains to parents and family members that students needed to demonstrate higher language proficiency skills in 2016-17 to achieve the same proficiency level scores. This is the first of many new resources to be posted to www.wida.us/proficiency in the coming weeks.

March 16, 2017

The Scores & Reports webpages for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs have been updated. This year’s Interpretive Guides and sample Individual Student Reports for 2016-17 scoring are now available at www.wida.us/scorereport.

February 22, 2017

Returning Test Materials

The following materials do NOT need to be returned to DRC:

  • Unused Pre-ID labels (should be securely destroyed)
  • District and School Test Coordinator Manuals
  • Test Administrator Manuals

Directions describing what materials need to be returned are located in the District and School Test Coordinator Manual beginning on page 26.

New Tutorial: Accessing Score Reports

A new training tutorial entitled "Accessing Score Reports" is available on the Afterward page of the Online and Paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training course. This tutorial provides instructions on how to access score reports in WIDA AMS and contains a brief overview of the types of reports available.

 

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About ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is only available to Consortium member states.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing

The assessment is available in both paper-based and online formats for Grades 1-12, while Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are paper-based tests.

Purpose and Use of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

  • Helps students and families understand students’ current level of English language proficiency along the developmental continuum.
  • Serves as one of multiple measures used to determine whether students are prepared to exit English language support programs.
  • Generates information that assists in determining whether ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support.
  • Provides teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance instruction and learning in programs for their English language learners.
  • Provides districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs.
  • Meets, and exceeds, federal requirements for the monitoring and reporting of ELLs' progress toward English language proficiency.

Features

The tasks on the new summative assessment will continue to assess the language students need to process or produce in various school contexts. Each assessment item and task will target at least one of the five WIDA ELD Standards:

  • Social and Instructional Language
  • Language of Language Arts
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Language of Science
  • Language of Social Studies

Sample Items

WIDA and project partners have created ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 sample items to show educators, students, parents/guardians, and the general public the test content and language demands that may be found on the actual ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Sample Items

Interactive Sample Items - Open using a Chrome browser

User Guide ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Grades 1–12 Online Test Interactive Sample Items

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Sample Items*

Grade Cluster Student Test Material Audio Files
Grade 1 Student Booklet Speaking Tier A


Speaking Tier B/C
Grades
2 & 3
Student Booklet Listening Tier C
Grades
4–5
Student Booklet Listening Tier C


Speaking Tier A


Speaking Tier B/C
Grades
9–12
Student Booklet Listening Tier B


Speaking Tier A


Speaking Tier C

*Please note that at this time only Speaking and Listening items are available.

User Guide ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Grades 1-12 Paper Based Sample Items

Paper & Online Tests

WIDA launched its online test and an enhanced version of its paper test for students in Grades 1-12 in 2015-16. Some states administer the assessment online, some use the paper form, and many use both. Students and educators benefit from a wide range of features with the new assessments. Some advantages of the online test include:

  • Increased student engagement
  • Standardization of the test-taking experience
  • Built-in accommodations and accessibility features appropriate for individual student needs
  • Increased ease for test administrators (no need to determine tiers in advance or individually administer and score Speaking)
  • Greater logistical flexibility as a result of being able to simultaneously administer multiple grades and proficiency levels
  • Central scoring by Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) for all domains

Some states have selected the paper test for a variety of reasons, and it is also available for situations in which a student is unable to test online, as outlined in an IEP or 504 plan.

As was the case with the previous ACCESS for ELLs, educators participated in all phases of 2.0 test development, including item writing and review of items. They provided important feedback on both the test procedures and training materials. Thousands of students across the country participated in two field tests, which had a significant impact on the final test items and platform.

Key Differences

The table below outlines key differences between ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online and ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper for Grades 1 -12.

Domain ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 - Online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 - Paper

Listening

Students play pre-recorded listening passages on the computer

Test Administrator plays pre-recorded listening passages with a CD

Students select a response from multiple choice options on the computer screen

Students select a response from multiple choice options on a paper test form

The test platform captures and scores student responses

Test booklets are returned to DRC to be scanned and scored centrally

Reading

Students read passages on the computer screen

Students read passages on a paper test form

Students select a response from multiple choice options on the computer screen

Students select a response from multiple choice options on a paper test form

The test platform captures and scores student responses

Test booklets are returned to DRC to be scanned and scored centrally

Speaking

Students play pre-recorded speaking prompts on the computer

Test Administrator plays pre-recorded speaking prompts with a CD

Students speak into headsets to record their answers

Students speak their responses to Test Administrators

Students’ responses are automatically sent to DRC for rating and scoring

Test Administrators score student speech during administration

Writing

Grades 1-3 students complete the full Writing test (prompts and responses) on paper

Students read prompts on a paper test form

Grades 4-12 students read prompts on the computer screen

Grades 4-5 students keyboard or handwrite responses based on each state’s guidelines (WIDA AMS default setting) and individual students’ comfort keyboarding

Students handwrite responses on a paper test form

Grades 6-12 students keyboard responses (WIDA AMS default setting) unless unable to keyboard

Keyboarded responses are automatically sent to DRC; handwritten responses will need to be mailed

Test booklets are returned to DRC and then scored centrally

All Domains
Grade-level Clusters ACCESS Online Clusters ACCESS Paper Clusters
Adaptivity

Based on their performance on previous items, the test engine will determine appropriate next items for individual students.

Students will complete the appropriate tiered test form (based on the Tier Placement Protocol).

Students’ performance on Listening and Reading determines their placement in Speaking and Writing.

Order of Administration

Students must take the Listening and Reading tests before Speaking and Writing.

Domains can be completed in any order.

WIDA recommends that students take the Listening test first, followed by the Reading test. Then, students may take Speaking and Writing in either order.

WIDA recommends administering Listening and Reading tests in one test session, with separate sessions for Speaking (individually administered) and Writing.

Preparation & Training

Download a summary of What's New with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for 2016-17

Training Resources

New! State Checklists

To inform educators about local requirements related to testing, WIDA is working with your state education agency to develop an ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 checklist. This list highlights all tasks that need to be completed before, during, and after testing within a school or district and shows who typically completes those tasks in your state. It also provides guidance that your state education agency expects you to follow as you prepare for and administer the test. These checklists will be available in the online training course and on your state’s page by November 2016.

Manuals

See Key Resources box at right. Each manual now covers all four assessments in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 suite to acknowledge that many educators are involved in administering several tests.

Webinars

A calendar of free weekly webinars covering a range of pre-, during-, and post-testing topics is available in the right column of this page. Webinars are organized to cover content relevant to particular roles (Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and Technology Coordinators), and allow ample time for questions and discussion.

Facilitator Toolkit

WIDA offers a set of presentation slides and other resources to support individuals responsible for sharing information about ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in their school or district. Login to view the Toolkit

Agreement to Maintain Confidentiality

Use this form in cases where testing staff who will handle secure test materials are not able to sign the electronic form from the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training course.

Training by Roles

Individuals may perform one or more of the following roles pertaining to test administration. Each role and its training is summarized below, but duties will vary by state and district so be sure to review your state’s checklist to clarify your role and specific training requirements:

  • Test Coordinators (District and/or School): Complete all relevant training and review resource materials needed to facilitate the overall test administration from start to finish. This can include managing logistics like scheduling test sessions and distributing materials, as well as supporting others’ training and verifying that they have completed the requirements to perform their respective roles.
  • Test Administrators: Complete all relevant training, including tutorials, web-based modules, and quizzes. Review applicable manuals prior to administering the test to students. Complete other tasks as assigned by the Test Coordinator.
  • Technology Coordinators: Prepare technical systems for online testing by completing the Technology Readiness Checklist and making plans to support Test Coordinators and/or Test Administrators with equipment setup and troubleshooting as needed.

Summary of Training Materials Available for Each Role

Role Materials Available
All Roles

The WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS) User Guide

Free webinars

Online test:Test Demo and Practice Test items located at wida-ams.us

Test Coordinators

Your state’s ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 checklist

The District and School Test Coordinator Manual

Facilitator Toolkit

Test Administrator and Technology Coordinator training materials (see below)

Test Administrators

Your state’s ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 checklist

Online test: Tutorials, quiz, and the Test Administrator Manual

Paper test: Tutorials, Speaking Scoring module, quizzes, and the Test Administrator Manual

Technology Coordinators

The Technology Readiness Checklist

Technology User Guide

Additional reference materials located at wida.us/accesstech

Training Requirements: Tutorials, Modules, and Quizzes

WIDA strongly recommends that new Test Coordinators and Test Administrators complete all trainings related to their role(s) and the test(s) they will administer. WIDA also recommends that Test Coordinators become familiar with the Technology Readiness Checklist and complete all Test Administrator training requirements so that they are prepared to assist others with their roles.

This year, the training for Grades 1-12 Online and Paper assessments has been enhanced to include interactive training tutorials. These tutorials replace the training checklist that was used in 2015-16. Each tutorial focuses on a unique topic; tutorial titles are listed below:

  • Training Overview
  • Ordering Materials
  • Managing Test Materials
  • Accessibility Overview
  • Assigning Accommodations
  • Test Scheduling
  • Test Practice and Test Tickets (online test only)
  • Administering the Test
  • After Testing

The Speaking test for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper requires Test Administrators to complete an additional training module series. This series will prepare educators to confidently and accurately rate students’ Speaking test performance through use of the scoring scale and rules. The series and the corresponding quizzes are organized by grade-level cluster, allowing educators to focus on tests they will administer.

Some aspects of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training require certification by completing a quiz with a passing rate of 80% or higher. The following quizzes must be passed for educators to administer the corresponding assessment or domain test:

  • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
  • Grades 1-12 Online Administration
  • Grades 1-12 Paper Administration
  • Grades 1-5 Paper Speaking (locally scored)
  • Grades 6-12 Paper Speaking (locally scored)
  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

The time it takes Test Administrators to complete the training depends on the assessments that they need to be certified to administer. The time it takes to complete each training course varies since the training is self-paced. The times listed below are approximate.

Kindergarten: 2 – 2.5 hours
Alternate: 1.5 – 2 hours
Online Grades 1-12: 2.5 – 3 hours
Paper Grades 1-12 (Listening, Reading, and Writing only): 2 – 2.5 hours
Paper Speaking Scoring:

  • Module 1-Overview and Test Structure: 30 minutes – 1 hour
  • Module 2-Speaking Assessment Scoring Practice: 20 minutes – 1 hour*
  • Module 3: Speaking Assessment Recommended Practice: 15 minutes – 45 minutes*

*The time is takes to complete Speaking Modules 2 and 3 depends on the number of grade-level clusters for which the Test Administrator is responsible.

Monitoring Certification

Records of individuals’ certification quiz progress are available within the secure portal of this website, and individuals can print a certificate of their completed training. Previously trained educators should refer to their state’s ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 checklist to determine whether recertification is required for 2016-17, and on which components of the training. All individual certifications from 2015-16 will remain available in the secure portal as the tests have not changed, although the format of the training has been updated. Even if they are not required to recertify this year, educators may find it helpful to review the new materials to prepare for their roles, and WIDA recommends some review each year, particularly of the Speaking Scoring module for paper-based testing.

Test Coordinators use this website’s secure portal to monitor their colleagues’ training and are responsible for ensuring that all Test Administrators have completed applicable training components before giving ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. State education agency personnel also have the ability to monitor who has completed training within their state. Test Coordinators should also take responsibility for confirming completion of Technology Coordinator preparation steps prior to the start of testing.

Qualifications for Test Administrators and Proctors

WIDA recommends that any designated testing staff or volunteers who will have access to secure test materials complete Test Administrator training for the applicable tests. WIDA recommends certification achieved through a passing score on each relevant quiz for anyone administering the tests to students.

WIDA recommends that the Kindergarten test, Grades 1-12 Paper Speaking test, and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs be administered by individuals who are well-trained in language acquisition and have experience working with English language learners. State education agencies may determine that other individuals who have completed ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training can also administer these tests.

Training Deadlines

WIDA does not require that Test Coordinators or Test Administrators complete training by a specific date, but they must complete training prior to test administration. WIDA advises that educators follow the recommended timelines in the role-based checklists to ensure that they complete activities at the necessary times.

WIDA recommends that Test Coordinators complete training early in the school year as they are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the testing process, which often begin 6-10 weeks in advance of the testing window.

Help students do their best

WIDA is committed to providing resources and support for helping students feel informed and comfortable with their ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 testing experience. This is especially important now that expectations of student performance are increasing as a result of standard setting. The documents below outline some ways that educators can help prepare students for testing, in general and by language domain.

Getting Students Ready for Testing:

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online PDF icon
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper PDF icon

Technology

Preparation for Online Testing

Test Coordinators and Technology Coordinators collaborate to perform all necessary tasks to support ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 administration in districts and schools. They may need to identify other members of a site planning team. The site planning team should start meeting at least three months before the start of testing. The Technology Readiness Checklist available at right is your guide to managing this process, which encompasses tasks in the following categories:

  • Communication
  • Site Planning, Scheduling, Logistics
  • Technology
  • Training

Technology Systems for Online Testing

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 technology platform is provided by Data Recognition Corporation, or DRC. It consists of the following components:

  • WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS): a web-based interface to the administrative functions for the online assessment system. Used by Test Coordinators to create student records and test sessions and to help manage or monitor their testing environment. Used by Technology Coordinators to download the next two components from WIDA AMS.
  • Testing Site Manager (TSM): a web-based application that provides content caching and a software toolbox to help Technology Coordinators plan, configure, and manage their testing environment.
  • DRC INSIGHT: a secure browser that delivers assessments online for all language domains and grade levels. Installed on each testing device to communicate with the DRC server to provide test questions to the test taker and to send responses to the DRC server.

Equipment

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 may be administered using many of the most common operating systems and devices, including personal computers and tablets. Minimum and recommended system requirements for optimal performance are outlined in the document entitled Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Screener, available for download at right. Please review these specifications carefully.

Headsets with microphones are another required piece of equipment for the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Speaking test. Headphones without microphones may be used for the Listening, Reading, and Writing tests. See ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Headsets Specifications in the Technology Resources at right to learn more. Be sure to allow ample time for inventorying, testing, and possibly purchasing headsets and headphones.

Configuring Devices for Testing

In preparation for testing, the site planning team must determine network capacity, understand the total number of students that will be supported in the district/school, and set up and deploy the technology appropriately based on that information. Reviewing and completing the Technology Readiness Checklist will assist you in this process.

If you are testing more than one student simultaneously, please refer to the Technology User Guide for guidance on system setup of multiple devices.

If you are testing only one student at a time, you may follow the Windows or Mac Quick Reference documents for guidance on setting up a single device for testing.

Troubleshooting

WIDA and DRC provide two documents (available at right) to support individuals in the event that technical difficulty occurs.

  • The Troubleshooting Chart is written as a cheat sheet for Test Administrators and Test Coordinators to have on hand during test sessions. It details what to do after encountering one of the most common system messages. It also provides suggestions to optimize the customer support users receive when contacting DRC. 
  • Technical Coordinators may also refer to Volume V of the Technology User Guide for more detailed technical guidance.

Help Desk Support

DRC Customer Service is available to provide support regarding all technical questions. Please contact them by email or phone at WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com, 1-855-787-9615.

DOWNLOADS & PRODUCTS
ACCESS 2.0

  • ACCESS 2.0 Sample Individual Student Reports Show
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 ISR SAMPLE- English PDF
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 ISR SAMPLE- Spanish PDF
  • Alternate Sample Individual Student Reports Show
    • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs ISR SAMPLE- English PDF
    • Alternate ACCESS for ELLS ISR SAMPLE- Spanish PDF
  • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Reports Show
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - English PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Arabic PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Chinese PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - French PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Haitian Creole PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Hmong PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Portuguese PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Russian PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Somali PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Spanish PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Tagalog PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Urdu PDF
    • Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 Score
      Reports - Vietnamese PDF
  • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
    Score Reports Show
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports - English PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports - Arabic PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports -Chinese PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports - French PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports - Haitian Creole PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports - Hmong PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports - Portuguese PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports - Russian PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports -Somali PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports -Spanish PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports -Tagalog PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports -Urdu PDF
    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports -Vietnamese PDF
  • Parent Handouts for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Show
  • Parent Handouts for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Show
  • Interpretive Guide Show
    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports PDF

Scores and Reports

In 2017, you may notice a change to your students’ ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 proficiency level scores. Visit the Score Changes page to learn more.

Purpose of Score Reports

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 scores can be used to:

  • Monitor student progress on an annual basis
  • Establish when ELLs have attained English language proficiency according to state criteria
  • Inform classroom instruction and assessment
  • Aid in programmatic decision-making

 

Data Validation

Data validation is the process of reviewing student test records to identify errors and make corrections before score reports are produced. Each state has unique policies related to data validation. Refer to your state’s ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 checklist to view your state’s guidance.

WIDA AMS User Guide Supplement: Data Validation: This document provides instructions for completing data validation in WIDA AMS.

Data Validation Tutorial: This training tutorial provides instructions for completing data validation in WIDA AMS.

 

Accessing Score Reports

Individual Student Reports, Student Roster Reports, and School and District Frequency Reports are shipped to testing sites by DRC and are available for download in WIDA AMS. Each member state determines when score reports will become available. To view key dates for your state, please visit your state’s page on the WIDA website.

Accessing Score Reports Tutorial: This training tutorial provides instructions for downloading test results and reports in WIDA AMS.

 

Types of Score Reports

Name of Report What it Shows Notes
Individual Student Report*
  • Scores for each language domain (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing)
  • Composite scores (combining one or more domain scores, such as Listening and Speaking scores to calculate Oral Language)
  • Brief descriptions of what students at each proficiency level are typically able to do.

Each student who takes ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will receive an Individual Student Report.

Translations of the Individual Student Report are available to be sent home to families/guardians.

Student Roster Report Domain and composite scores for all the students in a single school and grade. This report is useful when looking for patterns in student performance.
School Frequency Report The number and percent of students tested at a school who attained each proficiency level. A separate report is generated for each grade level. No individual students are identified on this report.
District Frequency Report The number and percent of students tested within a district who attained each proficiency level. A separate report is generated for each grade level. No individual students are identified on this report.

*Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs: This year, the format of the Kindergarten Individual Student Report has been updated to align with the report for grades 1–12, and there will no longer be a separate Kindergarten Parent/Guardian Report.

*Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Individual Student Report will remain a separate report.

Sample Reports: Samples of the Individual Student Report for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs can be downloaded in English or Spanish in the Downloads and Products box above. Educators can generate Individual Student Reports in a variety of languages from the On-Demand Reports menu in WIDA AMS.

 

Interpreting Score Reports

  • Interpreting Score Reports webinar: This webinar will provide guidance for interpreting score report data and review the process for General Data Corrections and Scoring Appeals. For upcoming webinar dates, take a look at the full webinar schedule. To view recordings of past webinars, visit the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Recordings page.
  • Interpretive Guide: The Interpretive Guide is a comprehensive document explaining the types of scores reported by ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for students in Kindergarten and Grades 1-12. Examples of each type of score report are provided as well as detailed information about the meaning and use of data in the reports.
  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs webpage This webpage provides information about Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports, including the Interpretive Guide for the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports.
  • Reading Video: Have you ever wondered about the difference between WIDA Reading test scores and the results of other reading assessments? This video compares the test construct of a WIDA Language Proficiency assessment to that of a reading assessment.
  • Attemptedness Criteria FAQ PDF Icon: If you see blanks on score reports or in data files where you expect to see student scores and are wondering what happened, please review this FAQ handout to learn about how students must engage with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 to receive a score for each domain. Download the full Attemptedness Criteria Policy PDF Icon.

 

Resources for Parents and Families

WIDA has developed several resources for parents and family members of ELLs taking the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. WIDA encourages educators to review the resources and incorporate them in your communication with parents and families throughout the school year.

  • Parent Handouts: These one-page documents provide answers to several basic questions about ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, and are available in multiple languages. Educators should consider sharing these with parents/guardians before testing begins.
  • Parent Guides for Score Reports: These documents explain key information in the Individual Student Reports for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. Each document is two to three pages long and available in multiple languages. Educators should consider distributing these when sending score reports home with students.
  • Webinars for Families of ELLsAn Introduction to English Standards and Assessments for Parents is a three-part webinar series designed specifically for parents and families of ELLs in grades K-12. Each webinar is organized around frequently asked questions by parents, such as how children are identified as English language learners, and how to make sense of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Individual Student Report. The series is available in English and Spanish.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 FAQs

Questions and answers regarding accessibility and accommodations can be found on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Accessibility & Accommodations page.

Testing Contacts

Questions or Concerns? Need Help?

For questions regarding:

  • All WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS) functionality, account setup, and forgotten passwords
  • Materials receipt, inventory, and return
  • Labeling of test booklets
  • Online test software (INSIGHT) and Testing Site Manager (TSM) installation, functionality, and troubleshooting
  • Processing of paper materials
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 data and reporting

Contact Data Recognition Corp (DRC), 855-787-9615, WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com


For questions regarding:

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Suite Training
    • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs (Paper-based)
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Grades 1-12 (Paper-based)
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Grades 1-12 (Online Administration)
    • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Grades 1-12 (Paper-based)
  • WIDA MODEL Paper-based Test Administration and Procedures
  • WIDA MODEL Online
  • WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) Screener
  • WIDA Screener (Paper and Online)
  • Interpreting Score Reports from WIDA Assessments
  • WIDA Standards and Can Do Descriptors
  • WIDA Professional Learning
  • WIDA Research
  • WIDA Website User Accounts

Contact the WIDA Client Services Center, 866-276-7735, help@wida.us