Will Idaho be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-2016?
Except for the Kindergarten assessment, which will be administered as a paper-based assessment, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will be administered online in Idaho. Idaho's Technology and Assessment Coordinators have received information, via email, on the technology requirements for the online version of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. If needed, the technology requirements can be viewed at https://www.wida.us/assessment/access20-tech.aspx. While the technology requirements should not be an issue for most of Idaho's districts, the paper version of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is available if needed. The paper version of the assessment will also be made available for special circumstances; such as, a recent immigrant student who is not familiar with the technology. The Idaho DOE will be providing districts specific instructions for requesting the paper-based version of the assessment in the Fall 2015.
Will 4th and 5th grade ELLs on the Writing test respond by handwriting or keyboarding?
Idaho's 4th and 5th grade students will keyboard their Writing response.
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?
Idaho is utilizing the WIDA checklists for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training purposes. WIDA developed these checklists to provide specific information to support test preparation and administration for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-16. These checklists are for 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
Administrators of the paper-based test should note that if they are scoring Speaking, they will need to complete a new Speaking scoring module that outlines new scoring procedures.
To view Idaho's transition document, please visit: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/assessment/IELA/