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Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (MD State Dept. of Education) Ilhye Yoon, Specialist, EL/Title III (410) 767-0714 MSDE ELP Standards and Assessment
Laura Hook
Specialist, EL/Title III (410) 767-6577
WIDA Consortium WIDA Client Services Center Toll Free 1-866-276-7735
Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) DRC WIDA Customer Service

Toll Free 1-855-787-9615

Data Recognition Corp

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

To gain access to view and/or download W-APT screener materials, please contact the ESOL Office in your county.

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

The ESOL Office in your county will need to set up an account for you. Once you have the account, you can log in to access the ACCESS for ELLs test administrator training course.

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

Yes, you are.

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

Each LEA has its own policy. Please check with your ESOL Coordinator. However, you do need to retake the speaking quiz each year if you are administering the paper-based speaking test.

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

Yes, you do. As for the speaking quiz, you must take the speaking quiz each year and show a passing quiz grade (80%) if you are administering the paper-based speaking test.

Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
Test Materials Ordering Via Pre–ID File (SEA) 11/15/17 11/15/17
SEA Loads Pre–ID File into AMS 11/15/17 11/15/17
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Test Sessions 11/20/17 2/23/18
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 12/18/17 12/18/17
Test Window 1/8/18 2/23/18
Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS 12/18/17 2/16/18
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC 3/2/18 3/2/18
Pre–Reporting Data Validation – LEAs in AMS 3/21/18 4/10/18
Districts Receive Reports – Printed and Online (On) 5/14/18 5/14/18
Post-Reporting Data Validation – LEAs in AMS 5/15/18 5/29/18
Data Available to State 6/14/18 6/14/18
  1. Will Maryland be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0?

    ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will be an online assessment for ELs in grades 1 through 12 except for Writing in Grades 1-3. ELs in these grades will take the paper-based Writing test. ELs in Kindergarten and ELs who are eligible to take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will continue to take the paper-based assessments. Additionally, ELs with Special Needs may take the paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 if indicated in their IEP or 504 Plan.

  2. Will ELs in grades 4th through 12th respond by handwriting or keyboarding on the Writing test?

    ELs in these grades will keyboard their Writing responses. For newly arrived ELs and/or ELs who have considerable difficulty in keyboarding, LEAs may order handwriting response booklets in the Additional Materials ordering window. (Handwriting response booklets will not be sent to schools/LEAs with the initial shipment.)

  3. 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, and Technology Coordinators?

    The EL/Title III Office in the Maryland State Department of Education will offer state-wide technology coordinators, test administrators, and local accountability coordinator training as follows:

    Technology Coordinators:

    • Webinars (to be recorded)
      • September 28: 2-3 pm (Software Updates & Technology Readiness Checklist)
      • October 5: 2-3:30 pm (Technology Installations)

    Test Administrators:

    • Face-to-face trainings by a WIDA facilitator will be offered on the afternoon of November 2nd, as well as on the morning and afternoon of November 3rd
    • Additional training modules for online and paper test administration are available on the WIDA website

    Local Accountability Coordinators:

    • A face-to-face training by a WIDA facilitator will be offered on the morning of November 2nd




Participants need to attend one of the following trainings:

December 11, 12, 19, 20, 21, 2017

WIDA Screener

Training of Trainers Module
Delivery Format: Face-to-face
Audience: ESOL Test Specialists, Test Administrators, and LEA Test Coordinators who will be in charge of training other staff

The paper-based WIDA Screener for grades 1-12 will be replacing the W-APT in Maryland in the school year 2018-19.  WIDA Screener is a standards-based placement test and will be given to incoming students who may be designated as English Learners (ELs). Participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of test administration, the underpinnings of the assessment, and the resources available after the workshop. Particular attention will be given to the speaking and writing assessment with practice items.

For SY 2016-17, the transitional exit criterion was an overall composite proficiency level of 4.5 or above. After reviewing PARCC and ACCESS 2.0 data for 2016-17 and in collaboration with LEAs, exit criterion for the SY 2017-18 and beyond will be set.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist State Specific Directions


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