Massachusetts

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  • Contact Information

    Organization Name Email Phone External Links
    State Education Agency (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) Alexis Glick, ACCESS for ELLs Program Specialist aglick@doe.mass.edu (781) 338-3625

    Office of Student Assessment Services

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    Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement

    Fernanda Kray, ELL PD & Curriculum Coordinator fkray@doe.mass.edu (781) 338-3546
    Bob Measel, Assistant Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement rmeasel@doe.mass.edu (781) 960-3885
    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 Support WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com

    Toll Free 1-855-787-9615

    Data Recognition Corp
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    1-800-747-4868
    (ask for WIDA Support)
    www.metritech.com
  • Assessment Materials & Training

    Information coming soon!

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 2015-2016 Dates

    Task Start Date End Date
    Test Materials Ordering 10/26/2015 11/13/2015
    Online Test Setup 12/21/2015 2/10/2016
    Districts Receive Test Materials 1/4/2016 1/4/2016
    Testing Window 1/7/2016 2/10/2016
    Ordering Additional Test Materials Window 12/7/2015 1/29/2016
    Districts Pack Completed Test Materials 2/1/2016 2/11/2016
    Districts Ship Completed Test Materials 2/1/2016 2/12/2016
    Data Validation Window 3/30/2016 4/8/2016
    Districts Receive Reports (Printed and Online) - PROJECTED 5/20/2016 5/20/2016
  • State Specific Guidance for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

    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 http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/.

    2. 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.
  • Professional Development

    Dates

    Information

    Contact

    May 19 - 21, 2015

    WIDA 101: Introduction to WIDA, Differentiation, and Formative Language Practices

     

    Register Here (Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis.)

    Fernanda Kay

    fkray@doe.mass.edu

    June 1 - 2, 2015

    Data Analysis Workshop: Focus on Schools and Districts

    Register Here (Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis.)

    July 27 - 29, 2015

    WIDA 101: Introduction to WIDA, Differentiation and Formative Language Practices

     

    Register Here (Registrations are processed on a frist come, first served basis.)

    August 17-20, 2015

    (20th is the “plus 1,” for administrators only)

    WIDA 101 Plus 1: Meeting ELL Needs through ELD Standards, Differentiation, and Formative Assessment

    Register Here (Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis.)

  • Miscellaneous Information

    Additional information coming soon.

Massachusetts

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