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 (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.