- Will Minnesota be admiadministering online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-2016?
Yes! Beginning with the 2015–2016 school year, all Minnesota districts will be administering the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online. The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will be an online test for grades 1–12 with the following exceptions:
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 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.
In addition to standardizing the test-taking experience for all students, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will benefit from the wide range of possibilities afforded by technology, from item presentation and capturing responses, to accessibility and scoring efficiency. Some advantages of administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online include:
- Increased student engagement through a more dynamic testing experience
- Built-in accommodations and accessibility features appropriate for a range of student needs
- Simultaneous administration of multiple grades
- ncreased ease for Test Administrators, who will no longer need to individually administer and score the Speaking test or identify tiers for each student
The Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will continue to be paper-based administrations.
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?
- All training materials will be available through web-based modules and online resources on the WIDA website. WIDA has developed checklists and webinar trainings to provide specific information to support test preparation and administration for the online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015–16. These checklists and trainings are for the following roles:
These resources are posted to the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Preparation Resources page.
- Technology Coordinator – responsible for all technical and system set up for online testing
- Test Coordinator responsible for the overall coordination or test administration activities
- Test Administrator – responsible for administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
- The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be hosting in-person trainings in December and January for Test Coordinators (DACs) and Test Administrators. We will also be hosting live webinars for Technology Coordinators. See the Assessment Materials and Training section for more detailed information