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Minnesota Department of Education Statewide Testing
Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (MN Dept. of Education) Sequoia Block mde.testing@state.mn.us (651) 582-8674 Minnesota Department of Education: Statewide Testing
Cheryl Alcaya cheryl.alcaya@state.mn.us (651) 582-8419
Tracy Montez Lindner tracy.montez.lindner@state.mn.us (651) 582-8692
Minnesota Department of Education English Learner Program Contacts
Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (MN Dept. of Education) Julie Chi, Title III & Migrant Education Program Monitor Julie.chi@state.mn.us (651) 582-8444   Minnesota Department of Education:
English Learner Education
Michael Bowlus, English Learner Education Specialist michael.bowlus@state.mn.us (651) 582-8254
Dennis Duffy, School Support English Learner Specialist Dennis.duffy@state.mn.us (651) 582-8304

Leigh Schleicher,
English Learner Education Supervisor; State Title III Director

(651) 582-8326
Elizabeth Watkins, EL & Special Education elizabeth.watkins@state.mn.us (651) 582-8678
Ursula Lentz, Immersion & Dual Language Education Specialist Ursula.Lentz@state.mn.us (651) 582-8664
Michelle Niska, English Learner Education Specialist Michelle.Niska@state.mn.us (651) 582-8323
Barbara Al Nouri,
English Learner Education Specialist


(651) 582-8379
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  1. Does Minnesota administer the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online?
  2. All students in grades 1-12 take the ACCESS for ELLs online with the following exceptions: The writing domain for grades 1–3, where both the prompts and student responses will continue to be paper-based.
    The writing domain for grade 4–5 where the prompt will be online and the student response will be paper-based.
    Paper accommodations for the grades 1–12 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will be available as required by a student's IEP or 504 plan. The Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will continue to be paper-based administrations.

  3. What type of training is available for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for the three roles of those participating in delivery—Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, and Technology Coordinators?
    • WIDA Training Resources are provided on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Preparation and Training page.

    • The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be offering in-person trainings in December for Test Coordinators (DACs). See the Assessment Materials & Training section for more detailed information.
  4. How do districts submit incomplete domain for ACCESS for ELL 2.0?
  5. In order to begin the Speaking and Writing domains in ACCESS, a student must first complete the Listening and Reading domains. However, there may be an instance in which a student is unable to complete the Listening or Reading domain. Districts can submit an incomplete domain in WIDA AMS. Instructions for how to use the Submit Incomplete Domain feature in WIDA AMS can be found in the WIDA_AMS_Supplement_Submit Incomplete Domain document.

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Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction

Participants will examine the different types of reports, their connection to the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, and how these reports can serve as a tool to initiate discussion on instruction. This training will also cover the following:

  • Explain the purpose of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment
  • Identify the differences in the types of ACCESS for ELLs score reports and their uses
  • Describe considerations and methods for disseminating information contained in the score reports
  • Expose the academic language connection between score reports and WIDA Performance Definitions
  • Recognize how to use the score reports in collaborative conversations to inform language development

Select this link to register for one of the Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction trainings. Dates, times, and locations are indicated in the table below.

Date & Time Location
Tuesday, Sept. 26
9:00am - 3:30pm CST
MDE Conference Center B
Rooms CC-17 & 18
Wednesday, Sept. 27
9:00am - 3:30pm CST
Rasmussen College – Mankato
Room 100
130 St. Andrews Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001
Thursday, Sept. 28
9:00am - 3:30pm CST
Rasmussen College – St. Cloud
Rooms 104/106
226 Park Ave. S
St. Cloud, MN 56301

ACCESS for ELLs Trainings:

Professional Development staff from the WIDA Consortium will conduct the ACCESS trainings described below. These face-to-face trainings allow participants to get their questions answered and to reflect on the test administration process as a group, but the face-to-face trainings below do not replace the required online training courses on the WIDA website.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Coordinator Training is intended for District or School Assessment Coordinators who will set up user accounts for training and online testing, set up test sessions and tickets, verify that all Test Administrators have been appropriately trained, and serve as the "how-to" resource for Test Administrators in their districts and schools.

Registration information will be available in early November, 2017.

Date Topic & Time Location
Tuesday, November 28 ACCESS 2.0 for Test Coordinators
Morning workshop: 8:30am – Noon CST
Afternoon workshop: 1:00 – 4:30pm CST
MDE Conference Center B
Room CC-16
Wednesday, November 29 ACCESS 2.0 for Test Coordinators (8:30am – Noon CST)
K-ACCESS for Test Administrators (1:00 – 4:00pm CST)
MDE Conference Center B
Room CC-16
Thursday, November 30 ACCESS 2.0 for Test Coordinators (8:30am – Noon CST)
K-ACCESS for Test Administrators (1 – 4:00pm CST)
Rasmussen College-Mankato
Room 110
130 St. Andrews Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001
Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
Indicate the number of online testers for grades 1-12 and order test materials in WIDA AMS 11/27/17 12/15/17
MDE sends student data in precode to load students into WIDA AMS and to print student labels 12/18/17 12/18/17
Complete administration tasks in WIDA AMS 1/8/18 3/23/18
Receive paper test materials and student labels 1/19/18 1/19/18
Testing Dates 1/29/18 3/23/18
Ship paper accommodated and other paper test materials to DRC 1/19/18 3/16/18
All paper materials received at DRC 3/30/18 3/30/18
Retrieve early student-level results in Test WES 5/21/18 TBD
Posttest Editing in Test WES 5/21/18 TBD
Online reports available in WIDA AMS TBD TBD
Paper reports arrive in district TBD TBD

Please see the Assessment Materials & Training section for professional development offerings.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

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