Alaska

Select state education agency:
Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (AK State Department of Education & Early Development)

Margaret MacKinnon
Director of Assessments and Accountability

Margaret.mackinnon@alaska.gov

(907) 465-2970

AK English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment
WIDA Consortium WIDA Client Services Center help@wida.us Toll Free 1-866-276-7735 www.wida.us
Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) DRC WIDA Customer Service WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com

Toll Free 1-855-787-9615

Data Recognition Corp

How do I gain access to view and/or download W-APT screener materials?

You must contact your district or state facilitator to request access to the materials.

How do I set up my account for the ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Training Course?

ACCESS for ELLs online test administrator training course enrollment is handled by your District Test Coordinator. Please contact that individual to request an account.

Am I required to take the test administrator training quizzes to become approved to administer the ACCESS test?

Yes. Log In to take the test administrator training quizzes. You must receive a passing score of 80% on all applicable quizzes.

Do I need to retake the training quizzes if I passed them in a previous year?

Yes. You will need to recertify annually to administer the test.

Description Start Date End Date
DRC Provides 2015-16 Site Data 8/15/2016 8/15/2016
SEA Provides 2016-2017 Site Changes to DRC 8/16/2016 9/30/2016
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 10/31/2016 11/29/2016
Pre ID Files to DRC (SEA) 12/5/2016 12/5/2016
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 12/19/2016 3/31/2017
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/16/2017 1/16/2017
Test Window 2/1/2017 3/31/2017
Additional Test Material Window in AMS 1/16/2017 3/24/2017
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Material to DRC 4/7/2017 4/7/2017
Pre-Reporting Data Validation 4/25/2017 5/1/2017
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) 5/26/2017 5/26/2017
Post-Reporting Data Validation Window 5/30/2017 6/7/2017
Final Data Available to State 6/16/2017 6/16/2017

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.

The Alaska Department of Education will be hosting a District Test Coordinator Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska on September, 29 – October 2, 2015.

Academic Language training Module #1: (http://education.alaska.gov/tls/assessment/elp.html) Introduction to using the WIDA Can Do Descriptors to teach academic language

Alaska
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

Questions? Need Help? Contact our Client Services Center
Email help@wida.us, or call toll free 1-866-276-7735 M-F 8am-5pm CST.

Contact DRC
Email WIDA
@datarecognitioncorp.com
or call toll free 1-855-787-9615 M-F 6am-8pm CST.