Pennsylvania

Select state education agency:
Organization Name Email Phone External Links
State Education Agency (PA Dept. of Education) Eugenia Krimmel, Ed.D.
Bilingual Education Advisor
ekrimmel@pa.gov (717) 787-5482 Pennsylvania Department of Education; ESL Portal
Bob Measel,
ESL Bilingual Education Advisor II/Title III Director
romeasel@pa.gov  
WIDA Consortium WIDA Client Services Center help@wida.us Toll Free 1-866-276-7735 www.wida.us
Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) DRC WIDA Customer Service WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com

Toll Free 1-855-787-9615

Data Recognition Corp

Who is allowed to become a certified WIDA Screener test administrator in Pennsylvania?

  • The test administrator does not need to be a certified teacher, but it is recommended.
  • The test administrators must complete the WIDA Screener training module and obtain a quiz score of an 80% or higher.

How does a WIDA Screener test administrator gain access to view and/or download W-APT screener materials?

Please contact your LEA's Test Coordinator to set up your account and allow access to the screener training materials. If you are a new LEA Test Coordinator and need access to the Screener materials, please contact DRC to establish your new account.

How do I set up my account for the ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Training Course?

LEA Test Coordinators create personal accounts for test administrators using the Account Creator, assign training modules to eligible test administrators, maintain test administrators' test security and non-disclosure agreements, and verify course certificates documenting test administrators' completion of online training course modules. Contact your Test Facilitator to request an account.

Am I required to take the test administrator training quizzes to become approved to administer the ACCESS test?

Test administrators must be appropriately eligible and complete the relevant training module and quiz to be certified to administer each ACCESS assessment.  WIDA has updated some of the test administration training; therefore, for school year 2017-18, educators administering Kindergarten ACCESS, Alternate ACCESS, paper-based or online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 must certify or recertify by completing the training module(s) prior to the start of the testing window. 

Test administrators must pass the quizzes with a score of 80% or above, and Test Facilitators should maintain documentation of test administrators’ scores.

Do I need to retake the training quizzes if I passed them in a previous year?

Yes. WIDA has updated some of the test administration training; therefore, for school year 2017-18, educators administering any of the WIDA ACCESS 2.0 tests must take the training quizzes prior to the test window.

Do I need to show proof of my passing quiz grades (80%)?

Yes. Test Coordinators should maintain documentation of test administrators' scores on all applicable modules. Please confirm with your district facilitator that he or she has record of your passing quiz grade on file.

Who is eligible to be a test administrator for the ACCESS assessments?

Test administrators (TA) are required to meet the following eligibility criteria, depending on the assessment's format, to become certified test administrators. Educators who meet these eligibility criteria must successfully complete the on-line training modules, as addressed above, in order to be certified to administer a particular ACCESS assessment. TA must be a certified teacher with a good knowledge of WIDA English Language Development Standards and the levels of proficiency. To administer the Alternate ACCESS, the TA must have, in addition to the other criteria, familiarity of the EL with an IEP needed accommodations.

Online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0:

The test administrator must be teachers, counselors, administrators, and paraprofessionals employed by the school district who have completed the online training course successfully.

Kindergarten ACCESS and paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0:

  • The test administrator must be a certified teacher.
  • The certified teacher should have knowledge of the levels of WIDA and PA English Language Proficiency Standards (PA ELPS) and have experience teaching English Learners.
  • A reading specialist or any other certified teacher who meets these criteria is eligible to administer the assessment.

Alternate ACCESS:

  • Test administrators must be certified teachers.
  • Certified teachers must have knowledge of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment levels of English language proficiency and Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards (PA ELPS) and must have experience teaching English Learners.
  • Certified teachers must be familiar with the student’s communication style.
  • Special education and/or ESL teachers are strongly recommended as test administrators of the Alternate ACCESS.
  • A reading specialist or any certified teacher who meets these criteria is eligible to administer the assessment.
  • Paraprofessionals and personal care assistants are NOT eligible to administer the Alternate ACCESS.
Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (LEAs) 11/2/17 12/1/7
SEA Loads Pre-ID File into AMS 11/30/17 11/30/17
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Test Sessions 12/26/17 3/2/18
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/9/18 1/9/18
Test Window 1/22/18 2/23/18
Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS 1/9/18 1/9/18
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC 3/16/18 3/16/18
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – LEAs in AMS TBD TBD
Districts Receive Reports – Printed and Online (On) TBD TBD
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – Data Files to SEA TBD TBD
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – Data Files From SEA TBD TBD
Districts Receive Reports – Printed and Online (On) TBD TBD
Final Data Available to State TBD TBD

Will Pennsylvania be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2017-18?

  • Except for Kindergarten ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS remain paper-based assessments.
  • ACCESS 2.0 grades 1-12 is an online assessment.
  • ELs grades 1-12 are expected to be administered online assessments,
  • Individual ELs requiring a paper-based assessment as an accommodation may be administered a paper-based ACCESS 2.0
  • Local education agencies (LEA) may order a paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 as an accommodation on a student-by-student basis (i.e. low computer literacy for students) during the ordering process.
  • Information related to technology requirements, setup, and upgrades for the 2017-18 administration will be available on the WIDA website by September 2017: ACCESS 2.0 Page
  • LEAs that developed an ACCESS 2.0 transition plan in 2015 in collaboration with PDE are reminded of their obligation to implement that plan. 
  • LEAs facing insurmountable challenges (i.e. lack of technology infrastructure) to administer online ACCESS 2.0 should notify the Pennsylvania Department of Education by contacting Eugenia Krimmel at ekrimmel@pa.gov as soon as possible.

 

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

Pennsylvania's 4th and 5th graders will handwrite their writing responses in a response booklet.

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?

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will provide a series of webinar trainings for test coordinators and test administrators related to the 2017-18 administration of ACCESS in November, 2017.  Details and registration are available on the ESL Portal at http://www.eslportalpa.info/professional-development/assessment/.

Where do test coordinators order the tests?

Test coordinators place orders through the WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS).

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s calendar of professional learning opportunities for school year 2017-18 is available on the ESL Portal at:
http://www.eslportalpa.info/professional-development/

Identification Procedures are found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) webpage.

Reclassification, Monitoring, and Re-designation Procedures are found on this PDE page.

Pennsylvania
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

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