MDE Assessment Office Updates WIDA Assessment Updates February 13, 2019
Presenters • Jennifer Paul, EL & Accessibility Assessment Specialist
WIDA Basics – Newly Enrolling Students • All newly enrolling students whose answers to the Home Language Survey are yes/yes must be screened to determine if English language services are needed. • This is a federally required process. • Students must be screened during the summative WIDA ACCESS for ELLs window. • Michigan uses the following screening tools: • Kindergarten WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) • WIDA Screener
WIDA Basics Cont. • Screen students and then review the Entrance & Exit Protocol. • Make a list of which students meet the criteria. • Give that list to your pupil accounting staff.
Summative WIDA Assessment ALL students who are ELs must be assessed annually until they achieve the Exit criteria (federally required by ESSA) • WIDA ACCESS for ELLs • WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs • English language proficiency assessment for students who are ELs with significant cognitive disabilities
Assessment Basics • All of these tests assess students skills in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. • Kindergarten W-APT is paper/pencil • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is paper/pencil • ACCESS for ELLs grades 1-3 tests Writing via paper/pencil
Are there accommodations? • Yes! • Universal Tools & Accommodations • No Designated Supports • Universal Tools: Available to all/any students • Accommodations: Available to students with disabilities (accommodation required by IEP) and students with 504 Plans
Your Responsibilities • Point person for communication • Ensuring staff are trained and have appropriate WIDA certificates • Obtaining/receiving needed assessment materials and reports • Applying for WIDA Test Exceptions • Ensuring staff have appropriate accounts • Working with appropriate staff for activities such as technology setup, pupil accounting, etc. • Ensuring proficient students are exited.
Your Initial To Do List • Sign up for the weekly Spotlight • Read the New Assessment Coordinator Primer • Get identified as the District EL Assessment Coordinator in EEM • Get your WIDA Secure Portal account • Get correct OEAA Secure Site account access • Get your WIDA AMS account • Read the WIDA Screener & K W-APT Policy Manual Three different logins
Why all these accounts? • WIDA Secure Portal Account • Access to Training modules and WIDA Training Certificate • Access to some assessment materials (ex. W-APT) • OEAA Secure Site • Identifying students for testing • Access to assessment scores and some reports • Access to other important testing activities (Test Exceptions, Not Tested, etc.) • WIDA AMS • Access to assessment reports • Access to activities such as placing students in test sessions, printing test tickets, etc.
Who Are Your People? • Who updates EEM? • Who manages OEAA Secure Site access? • Who is your technology coordinator? • Who is your pupil accounting staff?
WIDA Important Dates • Initial Ordering/Pre-ID – 12/11 – 12/27 • WIDA Test Exceptions/False EL – 12/11 - TBD • Materials Arrival – 1/29 • Additional Orders – 1/29 • WIDA Test Window – 2/4 – 3/22
Initial Material Ordering & Pre-ID • Your opportunity to order: • Braille • Enlarged print • Identify students who need paper/pencil materials for students who are recent arrivals or have an accommodation requiring paper/pencil • Identify students to take Tier T (WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs)
Initial Material Ordering & Pre-ID Cont. • Review the pre-id list MDE provides. • ONLY remove students who have left the district. • ADD students who arrived after count day. • Completing these tasks by 12/27 ensures: • Students who are no longer in your district do not show up in WIDA AMS for your district. • You know who you’re supposed to test when the window opens on 2/4. • Aforementioned materials for students who may need them arrive prior to the testing window and you’re not stressed trying to place an additional order.
Post Test Verification Windows • Verification of Enrollment • Accountable Students & Test Verification • Students Not Tested • Review this information! These windows provide you with the ONLY opportunity to correct things like: • Missing tests • Incorrect student information (Julia is really Julio) • Provide reasons for why students may not have tested
Where do I find WIDA reports? • WIDA Screener Reports • Once scores are entered into the OEAA Secure Site you can print Individual Student Reports and Roster Reports • From WIDA AMS you can print Individual Student Reports • Put the report in the student’s CA60 or permanent record file
Where do I find WIDA reports? • Reports can only be found in WIDA AMS and in hard copy form (1 set shipped to districts) • A Downloadable Student Data File is available in the OEAA Secure Site • MiLearn
What kind of scores will I get on these reports? • Let’s take a look at an example! • The WIDA Interpretive Guide for Score Reports provides explanations and examples.
Statewide WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Scores • www.mischooldata.org
Where do I look for more information? • www.Michigan.gov/wida • www.wida.wisc.edu • Michigan Checklist • Test Administration Manual • WIDA AMS User Guide • WIDA Important Dates
Why can’t I do what the directions told me to do? • Perhaps you don’t have the correct permission in the system. • Or, perhaps you are reading consortium material and not Michigan specific information. • Michigan Checklist and Michigan Specific Test Administration Manual are must haves.
Who you gonna call? Jen Paul! As a last resort But please send me an e-mail paulj@Michigan.gov