Kentucky

Select state education agency:
Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (KY Dept. of Education) Gary Martin gary.martin@education.ky.gov (502) 564-4970  

Kentucky Department of Education; KY TESOL

Chris Williams chris.williams@education.ky.gov (502) 564-4394 ext. 4750
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?

Your W-APT username and password are required (this is a district-wide login, not your personal ACCESS training login). If you don't know your district's W-APT username and password, please contact your district facilitator.

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

Contact your state facilitator for help setting up your account: Chris Williams at (502) 564-4394 x4106 or chris.williams@education.ky.gov

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 have to retake all quizzes this year. If testing online, you must complete the checklist.

Do I need to show proof of my passing quiz grades (80%) from previous years?

No. KDE maintains a list of all passing quiz grades from previous years.

Task Start Date End Date
DRC Provides 2015-16 Site Address and Contact Data 8/15/16 8/15/2016
SEA Provides 2016-17 Site Address and Contact Changes to DRC 8/16/2016 9/6/2016
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 10/7/2016 11/7/2016
Pre ID Files to DRC 11/7/2016 11/7/2016
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 12/8/2016 2/10/2017
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 12/8/2016 12/8/16
Test Window 1/3/2017 2/10/2017
Additional Test Material Window in AMS 12/8/2016 2/3/2017
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Material to DRC 2/17/2017 2/17/2017
All Test Material Received at DRC 2/27/2017 2/27/2017
Pre-Reporting Data Validation in (LEAs in AMS) 3/8/2017 3/22/2017
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) 4/21/2017 4/21/2017
Score Correction Window (SEA in AMS) 4/24/2017 5/5/2017
Data Available to State 5/12/2017 5/12/2017

Will Kentucky be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-2016?

Beginning January 4, 2016, Kentucky's English learners (ELs) will be administered ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, which replaces ACCESS for ELLs. The Kentucky State Department of Education strongly encourages Grades 1-12 ELs be administered the online version. There are many benefits to the online testing, increased student engagement through the more dynamic testing experience, built-in accommodations, and accessibility features appropriate. With the online version, multiple grades can be administered and finally, increased ease for Test Administrators (TA), who will no longer need to administer and score the Speaking test one-on-one.

ACCESS 2.0 will be online. All TAs, Test Coordinators and Tech Coordinators administering the online assessment will have to complete a checklist.

Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will remain paper-based. All TAs administering the paper/pencil assessments will have to take the quizzes again this year.

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?

  • All training materials will be available virtually through web-based modules and online resources
  • 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.

The Kentucky Department of Education will be hosting several ACCESS 2.0 Lync sessions to assist districts this year with testing. See Kentucky specific trainings in the Monday DAC E-mail.

Writing Domain (Testing Online)

  • For grades 1-3- The prompts and responses will be entered in the test booklet
  • For grades 4-5- The prompts will be online and responses will be entered in the test booklet
  • For grades 6-12- The prompts and responses will be entered online

Engaging English Language Learners in Science and Engineering

September 13-14

Louisville, KY

Register at http://goo.gl/forms/QZ1A7wjKRFlJI8uh1

 

Formative Language Assessment (FLA)

September 26-27

Frankfort, KY

Register at http://goo.gl/forms/Zl52kK1apqADiXYF2

ACCESS for ELLs and W-APT test administrators in the state of Kentucky MUST be certified in ACCESS for ELLs test administration by having completed the online course located on this website.

Kentucky
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

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