ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Updates Archive

May
8
2018

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Tier Consolidation for 2018-19

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, tiers on ACCESS for ELLs Paper will be consolidated from Tiers A, B, and C to Tiers A and B/C. This consolidation of Tiers B and C will impact the Listening and Reading domains (the Speaking and Writing domains are already tiered in this way). View the Tier Placement Guidance document for more information.

Please note that ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online is not impacted by this update.

April
4
2018

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources are Updated and Now Available

We have updated the 2017-18 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 score interpretation resources, including:

  • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
  • Individual Student Score Notes template
  • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
  • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • Finding your Students' Superpowers Educator Infographic

All of these resources can be found at WIDA.us/ACCESSscoring.

February
20
2018

2018 Data Validation Tutorial and User Guide Supplement Available

The Data Validation Tutorial and User Guide Supplement are now posted to the WIDA website. These resources provide instructions to District Test Coordinators completing data validation in WIDA AMS.

January
25
2018

Return of Paper Test Booklets to DRC

If you have completed any paper test materials, including Grades 1-3 Writing booklets for both Paper and Online, please send the completed booklets to DRC as soon as possible. You do not need to wait until the end of the test window to ship completed materials!

Each year, the first few thousand test booklets received are part of a study to verify scoring and other quality control efforts. So far, we have received less than 10% of the student responses needed, and score report dates could be delayed if we don't receive a large quantity of paper test booklets very soon.

WIDA and DRC greatly appreciate your support in this effort to ensure the quality of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 scoring.

Questions about preparing test materials for return? See Section 3 of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administrator Manual

October
27
2017

New Additional Materials Orders Tutorial

New Additional Materials Orders Tutorial is now available! Designed to support district-level users in managing and placing Additional Materials Orders. It can be found in the training course for both Online and Paper, under the "Preparing" tab.

WIDA has provided the following support resources within the Tutorial to assist Test Coordinators in this process:

  • Ordering Additional Materials: ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, 2017-18: This resource for both Paper and Online provides a full "menu" of the ordering options available during the AMO window.
  • Template Spreadsheet: This resource provides a fillable sample file for Test Coordinators to keep a running list of what materials are needed and by whom.
October
25
2017

Supplemental Training Materials Available

Supplemental Training Materials for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Speaking have been updated for the 2017-18 test administration. This resource for test administrators builds on the core speaking assessment training.

September
20
2017

New Ordering Process

Learn about the new ordering processes for Paper Materials Ordering and Shipping.

September
20
2017

District and School Test Coordinator Manual

The complete District and School Test Coordinator Manual has been uploaded to the WIDA website on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Preparation and Training Webpage.

September
6
2017

Update Test Administrator Manual

The updated 2017-18 Test Administrator Manual is now available on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Preparation and Training Webpage.