ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment

Testing Statistics

38 states are currently testing or have completed testing.

Useful Resources

ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manuals

WIDA AMS User Guide - Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 PDF

WIDA AMS Overview PDF

Training Information PDF

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Updates

The latest information on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is below and will assist school administrators, teachers, parents, and others in better understanding plans for the new assessments.

Data Validation and Score Reporting

For those educators conducting data validation and accessing score reports on WIDA AMS, Part 3 of the WIDA AMS User Guide explains how to use these functions. Please note that these functions are only available for select users, typically at the district level.

The WIDA AMS User Guide #3 provides information on

  • Reviewing and correcting student demographic records, student accommodation records, and student test records
  • Viewing student reports, data files, and online results

This module will provide information on how to download test results from within WIDA AMS.
Module for WIDA AMS: Accessing Score Reports

This  module will provide information on how to validate data in WIDA AMS.
Module for WIDA AMS: Data Validation

Refer to this recording of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Q&A Session presentation on Data Validation.

All material shown in this presentation can be found on WIDA AMS under Training Materials.

Incomplete Test Sessions

Explains the process for submitting incomplete ACCESS 2.0 Online Test

Submitting Incomplete WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Online Tests PDF

Submitting Incomplete ACCESS 2.0 Tests form Excel

Transferring students

These resources outline the process and form that may be used when a student transfers to a new district or school.

WIDA TSM

Resources for the WIDA Testing Site Manager software are available on the WIDA AMS website.

The recorded webinar on the TSM update version 8.0.0_1 can be found here.

ACCESS 2.0 Support Frequently Accessed Resources

Thirty-five states are currently testing or have completed ACCESS for ELLs testing.
Most schools are successfully using the online assessment option. However, some are experiencing technical glitches and customer service issues that interrupt and delay their progress.

With your experiences in mind, WIDA continues to work collaboratively with our technology vendor to solve all issues and deliver a smooth assessment experience.

We recommend following these few procedures to address most reported technical performance issues:

  • If you are currently in testing, select that option from the phone tree when calling 855-787-9615 for support
  • If you are in testing, and have called customer support, please contact your SEA or the WIDA Client Services Center at 866-276-7735
  • SEAs who have been contacted by schools or LEAs should contact their DRC liaison

In addition, to ensure your calls and emails are answered promptly, we have:

  • Expanded WIDA Client Services Center hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (central time), Monday through Friday, and increased our customer service staffing by 20%
  • Increased DRC Support Center (our technology vendor) staffing by 650% to improve response times for requests about WIDA AMS, online test administration, and ordering test materials.

Questions about:

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training/certification
  • WIDA website or Secure Portal accounts or issues
  • W-APT Screener

Call WIDA at 866-276-7735 or send an email

Questions about:

  • WIDA AMS
  • Ordering Test Materials
  • Online Student Test Administration

Call DRC at 855-787-9615 or send an email

Training:

Paper-Based Test (Grades 1-12)
Online Test (Grades 1-12)
Kindergarten Test
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

Weekly drop-in Q&A sessions:

Mondays (11:00am-12:00pm CT)
Wednesdays (1:00pm-2:00pm CT)

Accessibility and accommodations:

Guidelines PDF
Descriptions PDF
FAQs
IEP Checklist

Additional frequently asked questions:

Setting up an account on WIDA AMS
Ordering Test materials
Setting up Pre-IDs
Downloading WIDA AMS documents

Additional resources are available on the following pages:

Preparation resources
About ACCESS for ELLs
Scores and reports
Contact information

For a full picture of the preparation and training resources that will be available throughout 2015-16, please visit the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Preparation Resources webpage.

Weekly customer service data as reported by DRC:

WIDA_Weekly_CallReport_033016.pdf PDF
WIDA_Weekly_CallReport_032316.pdf PDF
WIDA_Weekly_CallReport_031616.pdf PDF
WIDA_Weekly_CallReport_030916.pdf PDF
WIDA_Weekly_CallReport_030216.pdf PDF
WIDA_Weekly_CallReport_022416.pdf PDF
WIDA_Weekly_CallReport_021716.pdf PDF
WIDA_Weekly_CallReport_021016.pdf PDF
WIDA_Weekly_CallReport_012716.pdf PDF
WIDA DRC Daily Customer Service Metrics Report_012916.pdf PDF

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.

In 2015-2016, the WIDA Consortium will begin administration of the new summative assessment from grades 1–12. An online assessment will replace the earlier paper-based assessment, ACCESS for ELLs, although a paper-based assessment will continue to be available according to each state's guidelines. For more information regarding a specific state’s guidelines, please visit the WIDA member states' pages. The Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessments will not change from previous years and remain paper-based.

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

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

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 – Online Test

After four years of development work and testing, WIDA is pleased to offer the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 summative assessment as an online test beginning in 2015-16. Students and educators will benefit from a wide range of features with the new technology. Some advantages of the online test include:

  • Increased student engagement through a more dynamic testing experience
  • Built-in accommodations and accessibility features appropriate for a range of student needs
  • Staged adaptivity which captures students’ individual range of language skills
  • Increased ease for test administrators
    • Greater logistical flexibility as a result of being able to simultaneously administer multiple grades and proficiency levels
    • Group administration for all domains
    • Central scoring by Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) for all domains
    • Test Administrators will not need to determine tiers

To ensure that computer delivery does not interfere with students’ ability to demonstrate the full extent of their English proficiency, test developers conducted extensive cognitive labs and pilot studies to optimize interface usability, verify that items have the desired psychometric properties, and minimize any negative affect associated with computer delivery of tasks. Thousands of students across the country participated in two field tests of the new online test items and test platform. Their feedback at the end of the field tests was incorporated into the development of the operational test items and platform. As was the case with the previous ACCESS for ELLs, educators participated in all phases of test development, including item writing and review of items. They likewise provided important feedback on both the test procedures and training materials.

Below are key changes in the transition to ACCESS for ELLs 2.0:

Grade-level Clusters for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online

Language and cognition develop quickly in younger children, broadening in depth and breadth as they mature. In order to better measure younger students' language development, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online includes a separate test form for Grade 1. Grades 2-3 will form a new grade cluster, as will Grades 4-5. The two remaining test forms will assess the proficiency of middle school (Grades 6-8) and high school (Grades 9-12) English language learners.

The new clusters for Grades 1-12 are:

Order of Administration for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online

The new online test is adaptive, meaning students will progress through the test based on their performance on previous folders (test items grouped around a common theme) and domains. Based on their performance in an individual folder, the test engine will determine the appropriate next folder for individual students.

Students must first take the Listening and Reading tests because their performance on those domains determines their placement on the remaining domains (Speaking and Writing). WIDA recommends that students take the Listening test first, followed by the Reading test; however, this is not a requirement. Listening and Reading can be administered in either order. Then, students may take Speaking and Writing in either order.

Test Administrators may administer the Speaking and Writing tests right after the previous domains since the test engine tracks students’ performance and placement immediately.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 – Paper Test

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 summative assessment will continue to be available as a paper test in 2015-16 based on each state’s guidelines. The paper test will also be available for situations in which a student is unable to test online, as outlined in an IEP or 504 plan. New features associated with the paper test include:

  • Both the Listening and Speaking tests will be media-delivered.
    • For Listening, the Test Administrator will play the pre-recorded passages with a CD and students will respond in a test booklet. Students will complete the appropriate tiered test form (based on the Tier Placement Protocol).
    • For Speaking, the Test Administrator will play the pre-recorded questions with a CD and will score students’ responses. Students will complete the appropriate tiered test form (based on the Tier Placement Protocol).
  • The Speaking test includes a new test design, scoring procedures, training module, and quiz for scorers.

Grade-level Clusters for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper

For 2015-16, a revised form for the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper assessment will include the following clusters: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.

Order of Administration for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper

The domains for the paper test can continue to be administered in any order.

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

Scores and Reports

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
  • Kindergarten Sample Individual Student Reports Show
    • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs SAMPLE ISR PDF
  • Kindergarten Sample Parent/Guardian Report Show
    • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Parent Report
      SAMPLE- English PDF
    • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Parent Report
      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 Kindergarten ACCESS Score Reports Show
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - English PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - Arabic PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - Chinese PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - French PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - Haitian Creole PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - Hmong PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - Portuguese PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - Russian PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - Somali PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - Spanish PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports - Tagalog PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      Score Reports -Urdu PDF
    • Parent Guide for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
      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

WIDA has developed a new Individual Student Report for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. The report, intended for both families and educators, provides information about an individual student's performance on ACCESS for ELLs. It includes scores for each language domain as well as composite scores. This single report ensures that both families and educators have access to the same information about students' language proficiency

Please note, however, that in addition to the Individual Student Report, Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs does have a specific Parent/Guardian Report, available for download.

Sample Reports for Educators

Samples of the Individual Student Report for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs can be accessed under Downloads & Products or in the Download Library.
Educators who wish to access the full list of translated reports are able to download them on WIDA AMS.

Resources for Families

WIDA has developed several new resources for families and guardians that educators can provide to accompany these reports. Below is a description of these documents, which can be accessed under Downloads & Products.

  • 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, and the Parent/Guardian Report for Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs. Each document is two to three pages and available in multiple languages.
  • Kindergarten Parent/Guardian Report: A Parent/Guardian Report for Kindergarten students, available in DRC's WIDA AMS, locally printed/distributed and available in multiple languages.
  • Parent Handouts: These one-page documents provide answers to several basic questions about ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, and are available in multiple languages.
  • Sample Letters to Accompany Score Report: Translated letters, generated by consortium members, are examples of what you may wish to send to parents to accompany students' score reports. Please reference the Download Library for the full list of translations.
  • Interpretive Guide: Comprehensive document providing information on understanding the scores.

Reports and Resources for Educators

Unpacking ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Reports 2016

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

In addition to the Individual Student Report, the following reports will be provided to schools and districts:

  • Student Roster Report
  • School Frequency Report
  • District Frequency Report

Please refer to the Preparation Resources page for the links to join the Score Report Q&A Sessions held on Mondays and Wednesdays in April. The powerpoint slides used for this presentation can be found here. The recording of the webinar can be found here.

Module for WIDA AMS: Accessing Score Reports: Provides information on how to download test results and reports in WIDA AMS

WIDA AMS User Guide #3 provides information on

  • Reviewing and correcting student demographic records, student accommodation records, and student test records
  • Viewing student reports, data files, and online results

Please reference the Interpretive Guide for the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Reports for further information and assistance in understanding the scores reported for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 grades K-12 test takers.

For more information on the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports, including the Interpretive Guide for the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports, please visit the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs webpage..

Please note that each member state determines when score reports will be sent to districts. To find your state's window for shipment of score reports, please visit the WIDA states’ pages.


ACCESS for ELLs Growth Reports

ACCESS for ELLs Growth Reports are intended to help educators identify district- and school-level patterns in language growth. They can be used along with other information as one source of data to help understand systems-level strengths and needs. These reports are available to districts and schools at an additional cost, and include:

  • Growth data for students with two years of test scores for multiple two-year-spans
  • Growth data for every domain and composite at each grade level
  • District-level and school-level reports
  • Charts showing students’ growth compared to WIDA-wide growth
  • Tables that show the number and percent of students with two years of scores
  • Downloadable CSV files of student data

The growth reports should not be used for:

View sample subscription site
Password: Preview

Download a sample report

To purchase reports for your district or school or get more information, contact MetriTech at 800-747-4868 and ask for WIDA support.

ACCESS Growth Report User GuideCost: The price for an annual subscription per district or school is: $200 + 15 cents per student (based on the number of ELL students in the district or school for the most recent ACCESS for ELLs test administration calculated by MetriTech)

An annual subscription will last for one year from the date of purchase.

Growth Reports User Guide

For detailed information on how to use the ACCESS for ELLs Growth Reports, download the ACCESS for ELLs Growth Reports User Guide.

The user guide explains each component of the growth reports. It describes language growth trajectories and WIDA-wide percentile growth. It also has detailed examples of how to use the information in the reports.

Testing Contacts

Questions or Concerns? Need Help?

For questions regarding:

  • WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS)
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online and Paper-based Materials Ordering
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Administration Technology
    • DRC Testing Site Manager (TSM)
    • DRC INSIGHT (online test software)
  • WIDA AMS/ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Technical Issues
  • 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)
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administration Procedures (Online and Paper-based)
  • WIDA MODEL Paper-based Test Administration and Procedures
  • WIDA MODEL Online
  • WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) Screener
  • 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