1. Will South Carolina administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in an online or paper-based format?
For 2016-17, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will be administered in a computer-based format only, with the following exceptions.
1. Students who cannot take online assessments due to their disabilities, as specified in their IEPs or 504 plans, may be tested in a paper-based format.
2. Districts and individual public charter schools may request a waiver from the State Board of Education (SBE) from the requirement that all assessments be administered online.
Note. The kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs is a paper-based kit. The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is also a paper-based assessment which is administered to eligible students.
2. What type of training is available for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for the three roles of those participating in delivery - Test Administrators, District and School Test Coordinators and Technology Coordinators?
Information on training can be found at https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS20.aspx#prep.
For Online (Grades 1-12), all Test Administrators must complete the Checklist which includes the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Training Course.
For Paper Format (Grades 1-12), Test Administrators must complete the Checklist which includes the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Training Course. Administrators of the paper-based test must complete a new Speaking scoring module that outlines new scoring procedures. There is a quiz requiring a score of 80% or above for certification.
For Kindergarten, Test Administrators must complete the training and receive certification. There is a quiz requiring a score of 80% or above for certification.
For Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, Test Administrators must complete the training and receive certification. There is a quiz requiring a score of 80% or above for certification.
3. The Test Administration Manuals state that the Writing Test is paper-based for grades 1-3. What administration plan will South Carolina follow for the Writing Test?
The students’ responses for the writing test will be handwritten for all students in grades 1-5. DRC will ship the number of paper writing test booklets to the schools and districts based on the number of students enrolled in the online Listening and Speaking administrations. Test administrators will need to select a tier for each student completing the paper/pencil version of the writing test.
Online Administration, the Writing Test:
In grades 1–3, the students will complete the entire writing test (responses) in the paper test booklet.
In grades 4–5, all students will read the writing prompts on the computer screen and will handwrite their responses in the paper test booklet.
4. How do School Test Coordinators, Technology Coordinators and Test Administrators gain access to the training and resources on the WIDA Website?
District Test Coordinators who need an account should e-mail Leslie Dawes at firstname.lastname@example.org with their request.
District Test Coordinators will be able to create accounts for School Test Coordinators, Technology Coordinators, and Test Administrators using the Account Creator. WIDA will send DTCs information on this process. If you need a large number of accounts created, you may send a list of those who need accounts to the WIDA Client Services Center at email@example.com. You will need to provide the name of the state, the name of the district, the first name, last name, e-mail address, and role (e.g. technology coordinator, school test coordinator, or test administrator) of each person who needs an account. DTCs can click the User Account Management and training status tile to verify that Test Administrators have completed their training as well as check user permissions.