Georgia

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Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (GA Dept. of Education) Jacqueline C. Ellis,
ESOL Division
jellis@doe.k12.ga.us (404) 463-1858 GA Department of Education; GA DOE ESOL & Title III Program; GA TESOL
Deborah Houston, Assessment Administration Division DHouston@doe.k12.ga.us (404) 657-0251
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

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Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 10/12/17 11/30/17
Load Pre-ID File into AMS (LEAs) 10/12/17 11/30/17
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Test Sessions 12/7/17 3/2/18
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/5/18 1/5/18
Test Window 1/16/18 3/2/18
Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS 1/5/18 2/23/18
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC 3/9/18 3/9/18
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – LEAs in AMS 4/2/18 4/13/18
Districts Receive Reports – Printed and Online (On) 5/11/18 5/11/18
Post-Reporting Data Validation – LEAs in AMS 5/11/18 5/24/18
Data Available to State 6/8/18 6/8/18

Will Georgia be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2017-18?

Both modes will be available for local systems in Georgia given the variances in technology state-wide and the needs of some students for whom online testing may not be appropriate (such as those with a disability that precludes successful interaction with a computer). District/System Test Coordinators will indicate their online counts and paper testing supply needs during the enrollment count collection that occurs October 12 – November 30, 2017.

What type of training is available for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for the three roles of those participating in delivery – Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, Tech Coordinators?

Trainings will consist of those provided by WIDA, DRC, and the GaDOE. These will occur via modules posted on the WIDA website along with GaDOE’s annual pre-administration webinars and a Question & Answer session just prior to the opening of Georgia’s ACCESS for ELLs window in January 2018.

What are the requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administrators?

Georgia requires all test administrators (examiners) to complete training annually. This requirement applies to test administrators (examiners) who are responsible for the administration of an online, paper-based, the Kindergarten, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, or any combination of these forms of ACCESs for ELLs.

  • For Online Grades 1-12, all Test Administrators (examiners) must complete the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Training Course, which includes a quiz for Online Grades 1-12 Test Administrators. Upon completion quiz scores will be recorded on the Certificate.
  • For Paper-Based Grades 1-12, all Test Administrators (examiners) complete the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Training Course AND complete Paper administration quiz and appropriate Speaking Quiz (80% score or above required).
  • For Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, Georgia requires Test Administrators (examiners) to complete the training and recertify annually. There is a quiz that requires a score of 80% or above.
  • For Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Georgia requires Test Administrators (examiners) to complete the training and recertify annually. There is a quiz that requires a score of 80% or above.

The Test Administration Manual states that the Writing Test is paper-based in grades 1-3. Will Georgia follow this administration plan as well?

In Georgia, in 2017-18, the Writing administration will be handwritten for all students in Grades 1-5. System personnel will not need to order Writing books, as DRC will ship amounts of paper Writing books based on the number of students enrolled on the online Listening and Speaking administrations.

  • The Online Test Administration:
    • For Grades 1–3, the student completes the full Writing test (prompts and responses) on paper
    • For Grades 4–5, all students read Writing prompts on the computer screen and in Georgia, will handwrite their responses on paper.
  • The Paper Test Administration:
    • For Grades 1–12, all students will read prompts on the test form and handwrite their responses on a paper test form.

Professional Development

For information about any upcoming WIDA professional development offerings in your area, please contact your District ESOL Coordinator.

Georgia
State ID and Placement ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist State Specific Directions

 

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