Minnesota

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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) 612, 507 Jennifer Burton
jennifer.burton@state.mn.us
(651) 582-8622
651, 763, 952 Tracy Montez Lindner
tracy.montez.lindner@state.mn.us
(651) 582-8692
218, 320 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. 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.

ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate 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.
  • 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.

A link to register will be provided when registration opens in November.

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


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

A link to register will be provided when registration opens in November.

Description Start Date End Date
Indicate the number of online tester for grades 1-12 and order test materials in WIDA AMS 11/28/2016 12/16/2016
MDE sends student data in precode to load students into WIDA AMS and to print student labels 12/20/16 12/20/2016
Complete administration tasks in WIDA AMS 1/9/2017 3/24/2017
Receive paper test materials and student labels 1/20/2017 1/20/2017
Order additional paper accommodated and other paper test materials in WIDA AMS 1/20/2017 3/17/2017
Testing Dates 1/30/2017 3/24/2017
Ship paper accommodated and other paper test materials to DRC by 3/31/2017 3/31/2017
All paper materials received at DRC by 4/7/2017 4/7/2017
Retrieve early student-level results in Test WES TBD TBD
Posttest Editing in Test WES TBD 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.

Minnesota

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