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  1. ACCESS for ELLsYutzil Rodriguez Title III Coordinator/ WIDA Assessment

  2. Acronyms • ELL- English Language Learner (State term) • LEP- Limited English Proficient (Federal term) • WIDA- World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment • Consortium that provides W-APT and ACCESS • W-APT- WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test • Screener Test • ACCESS- Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners • Yearly Test for all identified ELL students until they meet exit criteria • LAP- Language Acquisition Plan • Education plan for ELL students

  3. Definition of a LEP/ELL student • Who is aged 3 through 21; • Who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school; • (i) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; (ii) (a) who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas AND (b) who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual’s level of English language proficiency; (iii) who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and (D) Whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual- (i) the ability to meet the State’s proficient level of achievement on State assessments described in Section 111 (b)(3); (ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or (iii) the opportunity to participate fully in society. (P.L. 107-110, Title IX, Part A, Sec. 9101, (251) ) Student must meet A, B, C and D.

  4. ELL • Identification- Home Language Survey • Screening- Initial Assessment (W-APT) • Parent notification

  5. Identification • A local school district is required to administer a home language survey to ALL students enrolling in the district. • If any single response indicates a language other than English, school districts are then required to give a language proficiency identifier test.

  6. W-APT • WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test • Screener

  7. Parent Notification • Notification of eligibility • Initial, Continuation, Exit • Types of services • Pull-out, push-in, SIOP • English language proficiency level • Parent’s right to decline services

  8. W-APT: Purpose and Use • Determine eligibility for language support services • An indicator of a student’s language proficiency (level 1 through 6) • Help determine appropriate levels and amounts of instructional services

  9. W-APT: Background • Aligned to WIDA ELD Standards • 5 grade level cluster forms: K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 • Results in scores from proficiency levels 1 – 6 • Fully adaptive • Individually administered

  10. Kindergarten W-APT: What components should be administered? • Listening and Speaking (combined into Oral Proficiency component) • Assesses oral English proficiency • For students in pre-k through mid-Grade 1 • Reading and Writing tests - For students in mid-K through mid-Grade 1

  11. W-APT: Criteria for classifying a student as ELL • Kindergarten • Single, individually-administered test with a combined Speaking/Listening component • Scoring is adaptive • Preschool through 1st semester 1st grade: • combined Listening and Speaking raw score is less than 29, • 2nd semester kindergarten through 1st semester of grade 1: • combined Listening and Speaking raw score is less than 19 • combined Listening and Speaking raw scores ranges from 19-28, the Reading and Writing portions need to be administered. • If the Reading score is lower than an 11 and the Writing score is lower than a 12

  12. W-APT: Criteria for classifying a student as ELL continued... • Second semester 1st grade – 12th grade: • Students with a composite score lower than 5.0 qualify for ELL services.

  13. How do I access the W-APT? • FREE and downloadable • • Login/password is needed • District testing coordinators are given the districts username/password • Contact Yutzil Rodriguez for your districts username/password if you don’t have one

  14. What does the District username/password look like? • Username: sd + district number • Password: (rushmore) + administrators last name Example: • sd376 • rushmorerodriguez

  15. W-APT Training Resources • Test Administration Manual • Scored Student Writing Sample Booklet for use in scoring the Writing component • Online ACCESS for ELLs Training course (Speaking Test sample sound files and quiz) • W-APT Webinars • Practice administering with a colleague

  16. IMPORTANT! • Classify LEP students in Infinite Campus!

  17. What is ACCESS • Test used to monitor students’ progress in acquiring English proficiency • For K-12 students identified as ELL • Students must take ACCESS every year until they meet South Dakota’s exit criteria.

  18. ACCESS Standards • Social & Instructional Language • Language of Language Arts • Language of Mathematics • Language of Science • Language of Social Studies

  19. ACCESS Grade-Level Clusters • Kindergarten • Grades 1-2 • Grades 3-5 • Grades 6-8 • Grades 9-12

  20. ACCESS: Four Language Domains • Listening • Speaking • Reading • Writing

  21. ACCESS: Purpose • ESEA requirement • Used to measure and report growth • Helps determine when ELLs have attained English language proficiency • Aids districts in evaluating the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs • Identifies the ELP levels of students with respect to the WIDA ELP Standards’ levels 1-6 • Provides information that can be used to enhance instruction and learning for ELLs.

  22. ACCESS:District/School Test Coordinator Preparation • Identify LEP students in Infinite Campus • Receive materials from MetriTech • Secure Materials • Arrange and schedule test sessions • Distribute materials to properly trained test administrators • Return materials to MetriTech

  23. Ordering Materials • We order test booklets • MetriTech, Inc. • -printing distributing, scoring, and reporting vendor • You should be receiving a secure login from MetriTech. • If a school district is missing materials • to order, enter the login at • • IMPORTANT: upon receiving test materials, test coordinators at the district and school level should verify that the correct number of booklets was received, and materials should be divided and delivered according to local practice.

  24. ACCESSTest Administrator Preparation • All school staff administering the annual WIDA ACCESS assessment is required to be trained and pass the on-line ACCESS Administration test. • In order to create a training account you will need to log in with your district username and password.

  25. Testing Administrator- training course/quizzes • Overview Module • Group Test Administration Module • Speaking Test Administration Module • Kindergarten Test Module • Administrators must complete all four modules and score 80% or higher.

  26. How do I create a training account?

  27. Confirmation Email from Test Administrator Course • Email sent from • The URL to get to login screen • Your username

  28. ACCESS:Exit from ELL Status • Students are required to take ACCESS for ELLs until they meet South Dakota’s Exit criteria • Exit Criteria - Composite Score: 4.7 - Reading: 4.5 - Writing: 4.1 • Students that have exited from their ELL program will be monitored for the next two consecutive years • Such things as a teacher referral, a parent referral, test scores and mainstream classroom success might indicate a need to discuss the possibility that a student needs to be re-integrated into the ELL program

  29. Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Test • In 2011-2012, WIDA made available an alternate form of the ACCESS test • Designed for significantly impaired ELL students to replace ACCESS. • Designed for use by approximately 1% of the ELL population in any given group • Identified as qualifying for an alternative form for state level assessments, such as the Dakota STEP A

  30. Content Assessments/State Required Assessment • ELL must take state required tests • First year in country students do not need to take the reading portion of the Smarter Balanced assessment • The student must take math and science • After the first year in the country, all ELLs take the same content and state assessment that is required of all students

  31. ACCESS 2.0 • 2015-2016, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will replace the paper-based version of ACCESS for ELLs with a computer-based assessment • Grades 1-12 • Kindergarten will remain paper/pencil • • Paper based will continue to be available for districts who do not have yet have the technology to administer the assessment online.

  32. 2015 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Field Test • Field test will field Listening (grades 1-12) • Reading (grades 1-12) • Writing (grades 4-12) • Speaking (grades 1-12) • Dates • December 15th, 2014-April 10th, 2015 • • If interested please contact Alex Bauer at 608.265.0601

  33. WIDA workshop • September 23, 2014 – Rapid City,  Ramkota 2111 N. LaCrosse • September 25, 2014 – Ft. Pierre,  AmericInn 312 Island Drive • September 30. 2014- Huron, Crossroads 100 4th St. SW • October 2, 2014 – Sioux Falls, Ramada  1301 W. Russell • Title: Introduction to WIDA • Description: The main focus of the workshop will be on differentiating with the ELD Standards. This would include an over view of the Standards, and allow for time to practice and apply the ideas of differentiation during the workshop. We will also briefly overview the resources available online for W-APT administration, ACCESS Administration, ACCESS Score Reports, as well as the ELD Standards. • You can sign up at:  and look for “Professional Development” on the left side. Click on the + / ACCESS Test.

  34. Questions • Yutzil Rodriguez • 605.773.4698 •