Administering the W-APT
The W-APT (WIDA - ACCESS Placement Test) is an English language proficiency "screener" test administered to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners (ELLs). It is intended to assist educators to make decisions regarding the identification, placement, and programmatic services for ELLs.
W-APT test administrators should review the W-APT Test Administration Manual(s) and Scored Student Writing Samples in order to administer and score the W-APT reliably. To access these materials, please contact your district ELL director. New ELL directors should contact the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-338-3625 to be assigned the role of ACCESS for ELLs District Administrator.
Administering the ACCESS for ELLs Tests
Schools may decide whether to administer the computer-based or paper-based ACCESS for ELLs tests, or a combination of both, and must make this decision in time to order their test materials (October 26, 2015 – November 13, 2015).
The principal (or designee) will determine whether computer- or paper-based tests will be administered, and to which students; and which tests will be administered by each test administrator. Online training will begin in Massachusetts on or about October 1.
See http://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS20.aspx for more information about test administration and training.
Computer-Based Test Administration Training and Certification
Since this will be the first year administering the computer-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, all computer-based test coordinators and test administrators must complete the WIDA online training (No certification quizzes will be required.)
Paper-Based Test Administrator Training and Certification
Schools may elect to administer the paper-based test either to all or some students. Since this will be the first year administering the paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 tests, all paper-based test coordinators and test administrators (new and returning) must complete the WIDA online training and take a certification quiz, if applicable, for each test they will administer, including:
- Group-administered ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 tests (Listening, Reading, and Writing (for which there is no certification quiz))
- ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Speaking test
- Kindergarten test
- Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
Test administrators must receive a score of at least 80 percent on all certification quizzes. Each training module and quiz should take between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete, and may be taken in one or multiple sessions, as needed.
WIDA Personal Account
Each prospective test administrator must set up a WIDA personal account in order to access the WIDA training modules on the WIDA website. To set up a WIDA personal account, see instructions at www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/PersonalAccount-Instruct.html.
Additional information on ACCESS for ELLs testing in Massachusetts is available on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/.