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  • Contact Information

    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
    (651) 582-8485
    612 Jennifer Burton
    (651) 582-8622
    651, 763, 952 Tracy Cerda
    (651) 582-8692
    218 Julie Nielsen-Fuhrmann
    (651) 582-8837
    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

    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
    Barbara Al Nouri,
    English Learner Education Specialist


    (651) 582-8379
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  • State Specific Guidance for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

    1. Will Minnesota be admiadministering 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
      • 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.

    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?
      • 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
  • Assessment Materials & Training

    Information coming soon!

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 2015 - 2016 Dates

    Description Start Date End Date
    District and School Site File to DRC   9/18/2015
    Test Materials Ordering 11/30/2015 12/18/2015
    Pre-ID Files to DRC   12/14/2015
    Test Setup 1/8/2016 3/25/2016
    Districts Receive Test Material   1/13/2016
    Test Window 2/1/2016 3/25/2016
    Additional Test Material Window 1/15/2016 3/11/2016
    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
    MDE Makes Early Student Results Available   5/23/2016
  • Professional Development

    There are currently no professional development sessions scheduled in Minnesota.

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