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State Education Agency (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Alexis Glick,
ELL Assessment Coordinator (781) 338-3625

Office of Student Assessment Services


Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement

Fernanda Kray, ELL PD & Curriculum Coordinator (781) 338-3546
Bob Measel, Assistant Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement (781) 960-3885
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

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 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 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

Additional information on ACCESS for ELLs testing in Massachusetts is available on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at

Task Start Date End Date
Test Materials Ordering 10/26/2015 11/13/2015
Online Test Setup 12/21/2015 2/26/2016
Districts Receive Test Materials 1/4/2016 1/4/2016
Ordering Additional Test Materials Window 1/4/2016 2/12/2016
Test Window 1/7/2016 2/24/2016
Districts Pack Completed Test Materials 1/11/2016 2/25/2016
Districts Ship Completed Test Materials 1/11/2016 2/26/2016
Data Validation Window - PROJECTED 3/30/2016 4/8/2016
Districts Receive Reports (Printed and Online) - PROJECTED 5/24/2016 5/24/2016
Description Start Date End Date
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 10/24/2016 11/10/2016
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 12/12/2016 2/8/2017
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/3/2017 1/3/2017
Test Window 1/5/2017 2/8/2017
Additional Test Material Window in AMS 1/3/2017 2/1/2017
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Material to DRC 2/10/2017 2/10/2017
Pre-Reporting Data Validation 5/1/2017 5/1/2017
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) 5/31/2017 5/31/2017
Data Available to State 5/31/2017 5/31/2017

1. Will ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 be online or paper-based in Massachusetts in 2015-2016?

  • During the test ordering window (10/26/15-11/13/15), schools will decide whether to administer the online and/or paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessments in January-February 2016. Schools may select one of the following options:
    • All online (computer-based),
    • All paper-based, or
    • Combination of both formats.
  • Although schools may select either online (computer-based) or paper-based ACCESS for ELLs assessments in January-February 2016, the Department encourages schools to administer the tests online, because of:
    1. increased ease of test administration;
    2. no selection of test tiers ahead of time;
    3. group test administration of multiple grades and test tiers together;
    4. small group, rather than individually-administered, Speaking tests, with centralized, rather than local, scoring (However, a minimum of 5-7 headsets will be required);
    5. Speaking test training and qualification would no longer be required.
  • Online ACCESS tests are available for ELLs in grades 1-12 (with an option for any student to take a hand-written Writing test).
  • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs will continue as a paper-based kit.
  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will continue as a paper-based assessment for students with disabilities who have been so designated by their IEP teams, or who have this listed in their 504 plans.
  • For more information, see the Principal’s Pre-Administration Manual, available in early Fall 2015, at

2. Will 4th and 5th grade ELLs on the Writing test respond by handwriting or keyboarding?

The default for 4th and 5th grade students for Writing test responses will be keyboarding.

3. What training will be available for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, and Technology Coordinators?

  • School-based Test Coordinators and Test Administrators
    • In-person training by Department staff on the mornings of October 7, 8, and 9. Locations and registration information to be announced.
    • Training modules (recorded webinars) for online and paper test administration available on WIDA website beginning in fall 2015.
  • School and District Technology Coordinators
    • Two webinars delivered by The Department and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC, the ACCESS/WIDA testing vendor), on November 4 (A.M.) and November 5 (P.M.).
    • Training modules (recorded webinars) for online administration available on WIDA website beginning in fall 2015.

Additional information coming soon.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

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