Massachusetts

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

Alexis Glick,
ELL Assessment Coordinator

access@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
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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 access@doe.mass.edu 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 (between October 24, 2016 – November 10, 2016).

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 modules and certification quizzes will be available in Massachusetts on or about October 20. 
See https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS20.aspx#prep for more information about test administration and training.

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/.

Computer-Based Test Administrator Training and Certification

All Test Coordinators and Test Administrators (including those administering ACCESS for the first time and with prior experience) must view the online training modules for computer-based (online) testing, and pass the Online Administration Quiz with a score of 80% or above.
Technology Coordinators must view the training materials and complete the checklist for Technology Coordinators, located in WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS), the online administrative portal.

Paper-Based Test Administrator Training and Certification

Test Coordinators and Test Administrators administering the paper-based tests should view the online training modules for

  • Group Test Administration (Listening, Reading, and Writing). Those who administered paper-based ACCESS tests in 2015-2016 (last year) need not requalify on the quiz; however, review of the training module is encouraged for all paper-based test administrators. All others must pass the Paper Administration Quiz with a score of 80% or higher.
  • Speaking. All Test Coordinators and Test Administrators administering the paper-based Speaking test must view the training module for the appropriate grade-span and pass the Speaking quiz in the grade-span being administered with a score of 80% or higher.
  • Kindergarten. Those who administered the Kindergarten ACCESS in 2015-2016 (last year) need not requalify; however, review of the training module is encouraged. All others must view the training module and pass the Kindergarten Quiz with a score of 80% or higher.
  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. Those who administered the Alternate ACCESS in 2015-2016 (last year) need not requalify; however, review of the training module is encouraged. All others must view the training module and pass the Alternate ACCESS Quiz with a score of 80% or higher.
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 to (Schools in AMS) 3/27/2017 4/5/2017
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) 5/31/2017 5/31/2017
Data Available to State 5/31/2017 5/31/2017
  1. What is the state’s guidance on taking either online or paper-based ACCESS for ELLs tests in Massachusetts?

    • Schools may decide to administer either the online (computer-based) and/or paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessments to their students in January-February 2017 and will indicate the number of students taking the tests using each format during the test ordering window (10/24/16-11/10/16). By the 2019 test administration, the Department’s expectation is that virtually all students will take computer-based ACCESS tests. Therefore, schools are encouraged to administer computer-based tests to at least a portion of their students in January-February 2017 in order to make an effective transition over the next two years.

      For the January-February 2017 test administration, schools may select one of the following options:

      • All students taking the test online (computer-based),
      • All students taking the paper-based test, or
      • A combination of both formats.
    • The benefits of computer-based testing include:
      • ease of test administration
      • no pre-selection of test tiers; this is accomplished as students take the test on the computer
      • tests may be administered to multiple grades and test tiers together
      • small group rather than individually-administered 
      • Speaking tests; Speaking tests will be scored centrally by the test contractor, rather than locally, as before; A small number of headsets with attached microphones will be required (about 5-7 per school); Training and qualification by test administrators for the Speaking test is not required
      • Students taking the computer-based tests include the option to take a hand-written form of the Writing test, as needed.

    See the Principal’s Pre-Administration Manual, available in October 2016, at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/.

  2. What training is available for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, and Technology Coordinators?

    • For School- and District Test Coordinators and Test Administrators:

    In-person training sessions led by Department staff will occur on the mornings of September 30, and October 3 and 28. Locations and registration information are posted at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2960989/2016-ACCESS-for-ELLs-Test-Coordinator-Workshops.

Additional information coming soon.

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