ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment

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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

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

Wondering how to get trained? Download our new resource, Let's Get Going. This handy, easy-to-print guide helps you navigate the 2017-18 training process for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, showing you where to start, what steps you need to take, and which helpful links are available.

 

Looking for what's new for 2017–18 test administration? Check out our ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 What's New for 2017–18 infographic for a quick overview of new resources, key updates, and important changes.

 

All Training Resources

WIDA offers the following resources for educators:

  • Your state's checklist: Checklists contain state-specific information about who should complete which steps before, during, and after testing. Educators should always review this resource first before completing training.
  • WIDA Training Course: Tutorials within the training course focus on topics for each assessment in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 suite: Kindergarten, Online, Paper, and Alternate. Completion of training course includes viewing online training modules and passing a quiz.
  • Manuals: Manuals, guides, and supplements found in the Key Resources box on this page should serve as comprehensive reference guides.
  • Webinars: Webinars include a presentation and time for questions, and cover a range of topics for different audiences involved with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 before, during, and after testing. Links to the webinars and recordings are found in the Webinars box on this page.
  • Facilitator Toolkit: Educators responsible for sharing information about ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in their school or district can use this set of presentations and other resources to assist in group trainings.

Planning Your Training

Check out the new resource, Let's Get Going. Educators training for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 should also keep the following in mind:

  • Where to start: Refer to your state's ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist to understand the tasks you should complete for your role.
  • When to start: Review the tutorials outlined in your state's checklist and refer to parts of the manuals and supplements as needed at least 3-4 weeks before the start of testing.
  • Who should complete training: Refer to your state's checklist. WIDA recommends that any testing staff or volunteers who will have access to secure test materials complete Test Administrator training and achieve a passing quiz score for the applicable tests.
  • How long will training take? The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.
Assessment Time (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, & Writing
2 – 2.5 hours
Paper Speaking Scoring 1 – 3 hours

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. Visit WIDA-AMS.us for more information.
  • 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.

Preparing Students

WIDA is committed to providing resources and support that will enable students to be comfortable with their ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 testing experience. We've developed these documents and resources to help educators prepare students for testing.

Looking for some advice on how to prepare your students for testing?
These short handouts give an overview of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, student test practice resources, and domain-specific guidance to prepare students for testing.


Online Preparation

Online Speaking Guidance for Educators
Helpful hints and classroom tools to use while working with students to prepare for the Online Speaking test format.

How to Get Students Ready for Online Testing

Follow these steps to acclimate students to the online test platform prior to testing.


Step Directions Resource Link to Tool*
1 Preview ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online for students using the Test Demo. Test Administrator Manual Test Demo
2 Use the Online Sample Items in conjunction with the User Guide to familiarize students with the test engine. Online Sample Items User Guide Interactive Sample Items
3 Have students independently go through the Online Test Practice to try it on their own prior to the start of testing. Test Administrator Manual Test Practice

*Open using a Google Chrome browser


Paper Preparation

Educators preparing students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper can use the Paper Sample Items to acclimate students to the format of the Listening and Speaking domains, delivered by CD. Sample items for Reading and Writing are not available for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper at this time.

WIDA has also prepared a user guide to Paper Sample items, (ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Grades 1-12 Paper-Based Sample Items) with more instructions on how best to utilize this resource with students.


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

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
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      Reports - English PDF
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      Reports - Chinese PDF
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      Reports - Hmong PDF
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      Reports - Russian PDF
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      Reports - Somali PDF
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      Reports - Spanish PDF
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      Reports - Tagalog PDF
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      Reports - Vietnamese PDF
  • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
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    • Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
      Score Reports - English PDF
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      Score Reports - Arabic PDF
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      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
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      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
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    • 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.

Updates for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0


Learn about the new requirements for Paper Materials Ordering & Shipping. This information is also outlined in Section 3 of the District and School Test Coordinator Manual.


View our ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 What's New for 2017–18 infographic for a quick overview of new resources and updates.

Statistics

All states have completed testing for the 2016-17 school year.

DRC System Status

No known outages at this time

Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service.

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

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.