ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment

Updates

September 22, 2016

Statistics

Watch for status updates on the states and number of students testing.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Manual errata or changes

9/27/16: Test Administrator Manual and District and School Test Coordinator Manual covers were updated to include "2016-17". This update will be reflected on the printed manuals. 

WIDA AMS Functioning

An outage is scheduled for September 30, 2016. Thank you for your patience on this day.

No known issues. If you are experiencing other difficulties, check this Troubleshooting Chart.

Upcoming resource releases

Please watch for two key website updates on October 5, 2016:

In addition, your state’s ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist is scheduled for release by October 27, 2016.

September 1, 2016

Training

Please share the 2016-17 Training Overview memo widely in your school or district so that everyone is aware of training course changes and certification requirements.

Website Changes

The WIDA Assessment Management System has an updated interface for 2016-17, moving the site navigation menu from a vertical to a horizontal layout. It is designed to be compatible with tablets and mobile devices. View the new menu layout

WIDA has made minor changes to website account management. We hope these changes will make it easier for you to create accounts, edit them, and manage permissions on our website. View details and screen shots of the changes

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.

Upcoming Webinars

View full webinar schedule through June 2017

September 2016

9.27, 11:00am – 12:00pm CT
Pre-Testing: Training at wida.us

9.28, 2:00 – 3:00pm CT
Pre-Testing: New in WIDA AMS & User Accounts

9.29, 1:00 – 2:00pm CT
Pre-Testing: Software Updates & Technology Readiness Checklist

October 2016

10.4, 11:00am – 12:00pm CT
Pre-Testing: New in WIDA AMS & User Accounts

10.5, 2:00 – 3:00pm CT
Pre-Testing: Ordering Materials

10.6, 1:00 – 2:30pm CT
Pre-Testing: Technology Installations

10.11, 11:00am – 12:00pm CT
Pre-Testing: Training at wida.us

10.12, 2:00 – 3:00pm CT
Pre-Testing: Ordering Materials

10.13, 1:00 – 2:00pm CT
Pre-Testing: Software Updates & Technology Readiness Checklist

10.20, 1:00 – 2:30pm CT
Pre-Testing: Technology Installations

10.25, 11:00am – 12:00pm CT
Pre-Testing: Test Scheduling

Preparation & Training

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 October 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

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

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.

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

Scores and Reports

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.
  • 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

Score Report Q&A webinar session: PowerPoint slides, Webinar recording

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

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.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 FAQs

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