Rhode Island

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State Education Agency (RI Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Emily Klein, Education Specialist, IDEA & Title III

David Sienko, Director, Office for Student, Community, and Academic Supports

(401) 222-8985 Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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

How do I gain access to view and/or download W-APT screener materials?

Your W-APT username and password are required (this is a district-wide login, not your personal ACCESS training login). If you don't know your district's W-APT username and password, please contact your district facilitator. If your district facilitator is unable to locate this information, please contact the WIDA Client Services Center 1-866-276-7735 or email help@wida.us.

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

Contact your district facilitator for help setting up your account.

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

Yes. Log In to take the test administrator training quizzes. You must receive a passing score of 80% on all applicable quizzes.

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

Once you have taken the complete training and passed the quizzes, you only need to retake the speaking portion of the training each year. Log In to take the test administrator training quizzes.

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

No. The Rhode Island DOE keeps a log of individuals with passing quiz grades from each year.

Description Start Date End Date
DRC Provides 2015-2016 Site Data to SEA 8/15/2016 8/15/2016
SEA Provides 2016-2017 Site Changes to DRC 8/16/2016 10/20/2016
Test Materials Ordering Available in AMS (SEA) 11/29/2016 11/29/2016
Pre ID Files to DRC (SEA) 11/29/2016 11/29/2016
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available 12/6/2016 2/17/2017
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) 1/3/2017 1/3/2017
Test Window 1/9/2017 3/3/2017
Additional Test Material Window in AMS 1/3/2017 2/24/2017
Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Material to DRC 3/10/2017 3/10/2017
Pre-Reporting Data Validation – LEAs in AMS 3/27/2017 4/6/2017
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) 5/11/2017 5/11/2017
Post-Reporting Data Validation Window – Data Files to SEA 5/11/2017 5/11/2017
Post-Reporting Data Validation Window – Data Files from SEA 5/24/2017 5/24/2017
Data Available to State 6/6/2017 6/6/2017
  1. Will Rhode Island be administering online or paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-2016?

    Districts in RI will be administering either all online or all paper ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-2016.

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

    Rhode Island's 4th and 5th grade students will keyboard their Writing responses.

  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?

    A full-day, face-to-face workshop will be held on Monday, 11/23/15 for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administrators and Coordinators.

RIDE Professional Development Webpage - http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/EnglishLanguageLearners.aspx#LiveTabsContent12471

RIDE Professional Development Opportunities for All Teachers of English Language Learners
The Rhode Island Department of Education, Office of Instruction, Assessment, and Curriculum and Office of Students, Communities, and Academic Supports, is offering professional development opportunities to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) support to local education agencies (LEAs). This support is designed to build the capacity of educators and administrators to improve the achievement of English Language Learners (ELLs). These training sessions also meet the requirements for ELL PD for all teachers contained in R.I.G.L. 16-54-2 sec. L-4-12.

Target Audiences:
Directors of ESL/BLE Programs
ESL Teachers/Coordinators
Building Administrators
Content Teachers
Special Education Teachers
District Teams
Directors of Pupil Services
Central Office Administrators
Guidance Counselors

English language instructional program (ELIP) professionals should partner with their general education/content colleagues to attend one or more of these workshops. It is essential that non-ESL/Bilingual Education professionals who are working with ELLs receive at least a minimal amount of training in strategies to instruct ELLs, which these workshops provide.

Registration for live-onsite training workshops is required in order to ensure that adequate space is available for all participants. Participants must register themselves. RIDE does not register participants. In the event that capacity is reached at the training site, all non-registered participants must be turned away. The online registration page is located at http://www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/ProfessionalDevelopment.aspx.

Select the training event from the calendar and follow the registration instructions. Participants can use their eRIDE account to register or create a workshop registration account from the website. Detailed instructions for registering are contained on the next page.

The ELL Professional Development calendar document provides detailed instructions on how to register for trainings, along with an overview and of each workshop and the target audience. You can download this document by clicking below:

Pre-Recorded Training Tutorials

ACCESS Test Ordering & Administration
ELDS Overview
The Law Regarding ELLs
The ELL Identification Procedure
ACCESS Data Analysis

See Rhode Island Regulations Governing the Education of English Language Learners, Chapter 16-54 authorized by R.I.G.L. 16-54-1, et seq. for specific state requirements related to ELLs. http://www.ride.ri.gov/applications/ell/content/ELL_BoR_Final_Regulations_7_25_08.pdf

Rhode Island has recently developed and adopted new state-defined required exit criteria. The new criteria are posted to the RIDE ELL website at http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/EnglishLearnerPrograms/ELPrograms.aspx#124741-entranceexit-criteria. There are three required exit criteria:


ACCESS for ELLs Literacy Composite score ≥ 4.5 AND
Comprehension Composite score ≥ 5.0 AND

Speaking Proficiency Level Score above a district-established minimum

OR NECAP Reading score ≥ Level 3


ACCESS for ELLs Overall Composite Proficiency Level score above a district-established minimum

2. Any three of the following criteria:

  • Passing grades in all core content classes (as reflected on mid-year or end-of-year report card)
  • ESL/bilingual Education teacher recommendation
  • At least two general education core content teacher recommendations
  • At least three writing samples demonstrating skill not more than one year below grade level
  • Score on a district reading assessment not more than one year below grade level as defined by the publisher or the district

3. The student is in grades 1-12 (Kindergarteners are not eligible for exit)

Rhode Island no longer requires that LEAs assess ELLs who are in monitor status with the ACCESS for ELLs. However, each LEA is responsible for maintaining a formal, comprehensive, and uniform process for monitoring former ELL students' progress during two full school years immediately following exit from the English language instructional program in accordance with Rhode Island Code Title 16, Chapter 16-54 section L-4-17. This process should include collecting and evaluating such indicators as course grades, formative and summative assessments results, class participation, and teacher and parent observations to determine if language proficiency is a significant factor in preventing a former ELL from fully accessing the general academic program.

Last year, a committee of educators from across the state developed a uniform procedure for identifying ELLs at the time of enrollment. Although districts are not required to use this specific document, all components of the procedure are required and must be documented in some way if not on this document. The procedure can be found on the RIDE website at http://www.ride.ri.gov/applications/ell/who-are-ells/ri_ells.php.

Rhode Island
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist

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