Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, Alaska’s English Language Learners in grades 1 - 12 will take the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online assessment. The Alaska Department of Education requires ELLs be administered the online version except in cases where online testing is not technologically feasible or as an accommodation. The online assessment is appropriate for most of Alaska’s students and provides many benefits: increased student engagement, built-in accommodations and accessibility features, and ease of use. With the online version, multiple grades and tiers can be administered concurrently. In addition, TAs will no longer need to administer and score the Speaking test one-on-one.
Note: Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will remain paper-based tests.
What type of training is available for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and for the three roles of those participating in delivery (Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, and Tech Coordinators)?
All training materials will be available virtually through web-based modules and online resources.
Will 4th and 5th grade ELLs on the Writing test respond by handwriting or keyboarding?
Alaska will have grades 4-5 default to keyboarding for the Writing test. However, this can be changed at the time of testing if the Test Administer decides handwriting is best for the student.
WIDA has developed checklists to provide specific information to support test preparation and administration for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for school year 2015-2016. These checklists are the following roles:
Technology Coordinator – responsible for all technical and system set up for online testing
Test Coordinator – responsible for the overall coordination or test administration activities
Test Administrator – responsible for administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
Recorded webinars are available on the WIDA website as well the registration links to upcoming training webinars.
Test Coordinators should also review the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Coordinator Handbook, a document that summarizes key ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 information and includes specific information for Alaska.