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Minnesota Department of Education Assessment & Testing Contacts by Area Code
Organization Area Code
of coverage
Contact Phone
State Education Agency (MN Dept. of Education) 507, 320 Lisa Grasdalen
lisa.grasdalen@state.mn.us
(651) 582-8485
612 Jennifer Burton
jennifer.burton@state.mn.us
(651) 582-8622
651, 763, 952 Tracy Cerda
tracy.cerda@state.mn.us
(651) 582-8692
218 Julie Nielsen-Fuhrmann
julie.nielsen-fuhrmann@state.mn.us
(651) 582-8837
  Cheryl Alcaya
cheryl.alcaya@state.mn.us
(651) 582-8419
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

leigh.schleicher@
state.mn.us
(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
Barbara Al Nouri,
English Learner Education Specialist

Barbara.Alnouri@state.mn.us

(651) 582-8379
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  1. Will Minnesota be administering online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-2016?
  2. 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:

    1. The writing domain for grades 1–3, where both the prompts and student responses will continue to be paper-based
    2. 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.

    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
    • Increased 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.

  3. Will 4th and 5th grade ELLs on the Writing test respond by handwriting or keyboarding?

    Minnesota’s 4th and 5th grade students will handwrite their responses to the online Writing prompt.

  4. 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:
      • 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
      These resources are posted to the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Preparation Resources page.

    • 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

ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Trainings

Professional Development staff from the WIDA Consortium will conduct the ACCESS and Alternate 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.
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administrator Training is intended for staff who will administer the grades 1–12 online ACCESS for ELLS 2.0.
  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Training is for educators who will administer the paper-based Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment for the first time this year. If possible, districts are requested to send teams of Special Educators and EL staff who provide services to English language learners with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Training is intended for educators who will administer the K ACCESS for the first time this year. K ACCESS is a one-on-one paper administration.

Select this link to register for one of the ACCESS for ELLs or Alternate ACCESS for ELLs trainings(https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016ACCESStraining).

Test Coordinator Training for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

Morning session check-in 8:30-9 a.m.; Workshop 9 a.m.-noon

Afternoon session check-in 1-1:30 p.m.; Workshop 1:30-:30 p.m.

Date Location
Monday, Dec 5, morning session

Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center B
Room 18

Monday, Dec 5, afternoon session

Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center B
Room 18

Tuesday, Dec 6, morning session

Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center B
Room 18

Tuesday, Dec 6, afternoon session

Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center B
Room 18

Wednesday, Dec 7, morning session

Rasmussen College
226 Park Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Wednesday, Dec 7, afternoon session      

Rasmussen College
226 Park Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Friday, December 9, morning session    

Facilities Service Center
3935 Hwy 14 East
Rochester MN  55904

Friday, December 9, afternoon session    

Facilities Service Center
3935 Hwy 14 East
Rochester MN  55904


Test Administrator Training for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administration

Check-in 12:30–1 p.m.; Workshop 1–4:30 p.m.

Date Location
Monday, Dec. 7

Probstfield Center for Education
2410 14th St. S.
Moorhead, MN

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Rasmussen College
226 Park Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Marshall District Office
401 S. Saratoga
Marshall, MN 56258

Monday, Dec. 14

MDE Conference Center B
Rooms 15 & 16

Tuesday, Dec. 15

MDE Conference Center B
Rooms 15 & 16

Wednesday, Dec. 16

MDE Conference Center B
Rooms 15 & 16

Thursday, Dec. 17

Edison Administration Building
615 7th Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902


Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration

Morning session check-in 8:30-9:00 a.m.; Workshop 9 a.m.-11:30

Afternoon session check-in 12:30-1:00 p.m.; Workshop 1:00-3:30 p.m

Date Location
Thursday, Dec 8, morning session

Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center B
Room 17

Thursday, Dec 8, afternoon session

Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center B
Room 17


Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration

Check-in 8:30–9 a.m.; Workshop 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Date Location
Wednesday, Feb. 3

MDE Conference Center B
Room 15


Technology Coordinator Training for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Test Administration

TBD

Score Reports Q & A Webinar

A live Q & A webinar for participants to interact with the WIDA facilitator, asking questions and sharing ideas on Score Reports is scheduled for May 23. Information on how to register for this webinar will be provided in a future Assessment Update.

Description Start Date End Date
District and School Site File to DRC 9/18/2015 9/18/2015
Test Materials Ordering 11/30/2015 12/18/2015
Pre-ID Files to DRC 12/14/2015 12/14/2015
Test Setup 1/8/2016 3/25/2016
Districts Receive Test Material 1/13/2016 1/13/2016
Test Window 2/1/2016 3/25/2016
Additional Test Material Window 1/15/2016 3/18/2016
Districts Pack Completed Test Material 2/3/2016 4/1/2016
Districts Ship Completed Test Material to DRC 2/3/2016 4/1/2016
All Test Material Received at DRC 4/6/2016 4/6/2016
MDE Makes Early Student Results Available 5/23/2016 5/23/2016
Districts Receive Reports - Online Only (All Reports and DSR to LEAs in AMS) 6/27/2016 6/27/2016
Districts Receive Reports - Printed 8/1/2016 8/1/2016

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

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