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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
    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
    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

    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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  • State Specific Guidance for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

    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
  • Assessment Materials & Training

    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

    Check-in 8–8:30 a.m.; Workshop 8:30 a.m.–noon

    Date Location
    Monday, Dec. 7

    Probstfield Center for Education
    2410 14th Street South
    Moorhead, MN

    Tuesday, Dec. 8

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

    Wednesday, Dec. 9

    Marshall District Office
    401 South 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


    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 a.m.; Workshop 9 a.m.–noon

    Afternoon session check-in 1–1:30 p.m.; Workshop 1:30–4:30 p.m.

    Date Location
    Friday, Jan. 15, morning session

    MDE Conference Center B
    Room 16

    Friday, Jan. 15, afternoon session

    MDE Conference Center B
    Room 16


    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

    Live webinars for District Technology Coordinators are scheduled December 11 and 18 and January 11. Information on how to register for these webinars will be provided in a future Assessment Update. DRC technology staff will present hardware and software requirements, set up for online testing and monitoring test sessions from a technology standpoint.

    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.

  • 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 3/18/2016
    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
    MDE Makes Early Student Results Available   5/23/2016
  • Professional Development

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

  • Resources

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