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ACCESS for ELLs

Missouri joined the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) consortium in 2010 in response to both wanting to improve the ELL standards within the state and a to help provide better service and assessment to a growing ELL population. The WIDA Consortium is a non-profit group whose purpose is to promote educational success for ELLs. Through the development and delivery of standards, assessments, research and professional development, WIDA provides meaningful tools, training and information to educators working with ELLs, which are anchored in research-based practices for serving these diverse learners.

Missouri uses the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) screener to measure the English language proficiency of students who have recently arrived in the U.S. or in a particular LEA. It can help to determine whether or not a child is in need of English language instructional services.

Upon enrollment, Missouri LEAs are required to give a home language survey or questions on an enrollment form. The questions are:

  • Is the student's native tongue a language other than English?
  • Is a language other than English spoken in the student's home or environment?

If the answer to either question is yes, or if an LEA feels that a child might have an English language learning need due to unreported exposure to another language, the LEA is required to screen the child using the W-APT screening assessment. LEAs have 30 days from the beginning of the school year to administer the W-APT.

ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) is the English language proficiency assessment that Missouri  has selected to meet the requirement of No Child Left Behind to annually assess Missouri's students who are eligible for ELL (English Language Learner) services. ACCESS stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners. ACCESS assesses the academic English language proficiency of students in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Results also are calculated to determine if the district has met the AMAOs (Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives).

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Important Dates

Dates Event
September 15, 2014 to September 26, 2014 DTC Gathers ELL Roster and Tier Placement
September 29, 2014 to October 31, 2014 Ordering ACCESS Test Materials
September 29, 2014 to November 7, 2014 Precoding for ACCESS for ELLs
December 12, 2014 Test Materials Arrive In District
January 12, 2015 to March 6, 2015 ACCESS for ELLs TEST WINDOW
February 20, 2015 Additional ACCESS for ELLs Materials Ordering Deadline
March 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015 Districts Pack and Ship ACCESS for ELLs Materials
March 20, 2015 Deadline to Ship ACCESS for ELLs Materials
May 20, 2015 to May 22, 2015 Reports Arrive In District

ELL Assessment

ACCESS for ELLs


To meet No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title I and Title III requirements, states are mandated to annually administer a standards-based English language proficiency test to all ELLs in grades K-12. As part of the WIDA consortium, Missouri uses ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English language learners). The assessment is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to K-12 students who have been identified as ELLs.

The ACCESS for ELLs assessment exceeds the requirements stipulated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 and is used to measure and report growth in a manner consistent with the need for fulfilling these requirements. The test generates results that serve as one criterion to aid in determining when ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support and on state academic content tests without accommodations.

Additionally, the assessment provides LEAs with information that will aid in evaluating the effectiveness of their ESL programs, helps to identify the ELP levels of students with respect to the WIDA ELP Standards' levels 1-6 and provides information that can be used to enhance instruction and learning for ELLs.

For more information on the ACCESS for ELLs assessment see the LEA Guide to English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessments 2014-2015


Who takes ACCESS for ELLs

Students who meet the following guidelines are required to take the ACCESS assessment:

  • Those K-12 students that are identified for ESL services (LEP-RCV) or (LEP-NRC) AND
  • Enrolled in a Missouri public school or charter school

Students who are in monitored status (MY1, MY2) do not take the assessment.


Preparing for ACCESS Testing

In addition to attending a live training or having been trained at the LEA by someone who attended a live training, administrators should read and become familiar with the ACCESS Test Administration Manual. The manual can be found on the WIDA site once the user has logged in.

Furthermore, in addition to having gone through a live training, administrators will also have to score at least 80% on each of the group and speaking online training modules. Scoring 80% on the kindergarten quiz is required for those administering the kindergarten assessment. Quizzes may be retaken as required. First time administrators must complete the entire training. Other test administrators must re-take the speaking test only. However, it is strongly recommended to review the other training modules.

Beyond the training and quizzes, the only requirement to give the ACCESS for ELLs is that the test administrator must be an LEA employee that at a minimum meets the requirements of a paraprofessional under Title I. Substitute teachers may not give the ACCESS unless they are under contract with the district.


ACCESS Tier Placement

The goal of the ACCESS for ELLs test is to determine English language learners' level of English language proficiency and, at the same time, provide useful feedback to stakeholders. However, there are far too many model performance indicators in the English language proficiency standards to fit into a reasonable testing session. For any particular student, some of the questions on a comprehensive test might be dismissively easy, while others would be exactingly hard. In order to produce a valid test, it is important to avoid both possibilities by selecting an appropriate tier for each student.

The Tier Placement Protocol assists test coordinators and teachers in determining the appropriate tier of ACCESS for ELLs (A, B, or C) for each student. Please review this document to become familiar with the appropriate test forms for students with varying English language proficiency levels. In summary,

  • When in doubt, you should order a tier B test for a student unless you have compelling evidence that the student should be assessed on level 1 items (the least difficult--Tier A) or level 5 items (the most difficult--Tier C).
  • Note that a student cannot score higher than 4.0 on a tier A test, and can score no higher than 5.0 on a tier B test in the domains of Reading and Listening.
  • If you think a student is on the border between two tiers, order the higher of the two.

Ordering ACCESS

Prior to participating in the ordering process, LEAs must first identify those students to be tested (monitored students should NOT be tested) and which tier the student will take.

In September, District Test Coordinators will receive an email from MetriTech outlining the steps to be taken to order ACCESS for ELLs test materials.

Ordering of materials is done online at the MetriTech website. District Test Coordinators will need a login to order materials. This login is different than the login on the WIDA website. If you need help with your login, contact MetriTech at 800-747-4868 or [email protected].


Precoding

LEAs must use the DESE precode process in order to receive student labels for the ACCESS for ELLs assessment. The precode window is 9/29/14 – 11/07/14.

For more information contact DESE Accountability Data at 573-526-4886 or [email protected].


Hand Bubbling

If the precoding process is not completed, the LEA will not receive student labels for the test books. In this scenario, the hand bubbling instructions in the Test Administration Manual should be followed. All appropriate fields should be filled in.

Native Language Codes

The list of native language codes can be found through in the MOSIS code set.

 

 

 

 

 

​ACCESS for ELLs MELL Training

In Missouri, any test administrator of the ACCESS for ELLs must have either attended a MELL ACCESS training or have gone through training at the LEA given by someone who attended a MELL ACCESS training.

ACCESS trainings are given in the winter. As training dates are organized, this chart will be updated.

MELL Coverage MAP and Contact Information

Date Location Contact
12/2/14 Univ. Of Missouri: Delta Center - Portageville Jesse De Leon
12/3/14 Southeast RPDC - Cape Girardeau Jesse De Leon
12/4/14 Southwest RPDC - Springfield Claudia Franks
12/4/14 Mineral Area College - Park Hills Jesse De Leon
12/5/14 South Central RPDC - Rolla Jesse De Leon
12/5/14 Heart Of Missouri RPDC - Columbia Becky Smith
12/8/14 Ed Plus - St. Louis Marlow Barton or Debra Cole
12/8/14 Northeast RPDC - Kirksville Becky Smith
12/9/14 Central RPDC - Warrensburg Becky Smith
12/11/14 Ed Plus - St. Louis Marlow Barton or Debra Cole
12/11/14 Central RPDC - Warrensburg Becky Smith
12/12/14 Kansas City RPDC - Kansas City Diane Mora or Sarah Knoll
12/12/14 Heart Of Missouri RPDC - Columbia Becky Smith
12/15/14 Northwest RPDC - Maryville Diane Mora or Sarah Knoll
12/16/14 Northwest RPDC - Maryville Diane Mora or Sarah Knoll
12/16/14 Ed Plus - St. Louis Marlow Barton or Debra Cole
12/16/14 Northeast RPDC - Kirksville Becky Smith
12/17/14 Kansas City RPDC - Kansas City Diane Mora or Sarah Knoll
1/7/15 Kansas City RPDC - Kansas City Diane Mora or Sarah Knoll
1/28/15 Southwest RPDC - Springfield Claudia Franks

W-APT


W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. This assessment tool, known as a "screener," is used by educators to measure the English language proficiency of students who have recently arrived in the U.S. or in a particular LEA. It can help to determine whether or not a child is in need of English language instructional services.

Upon enrollment, Missouri LEAs are required to give a home language survey or questions on an enrollment form. The questions are:
A) Is the student's native tongue a language other than English?
B) Is a language other than English spoken in the student's home or environment?

If the answer to either question is yes, or if an LEA feels that a child might have an English language learning need due to unreported exposure to another language, the LEA is required to screen the child using the W-APT screening assessment.

LEAs have 30 days from the beginning of the school year to administer the W-APT. If a student moves in after the beginning of the school year, the LEA has 10 school days upon enrollment to administer the W-APT. LEAs may also choose to administer the W-APT during the Kindergarten roundup. If your LEA receives a new student from another LEA or state that is part of the consortium AND the student has a W-APT or ACCESS for ELLs score report, they will not need to be re-screened.

For more information on the W-APT see the LEA Guide to English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessments 2014-2015


Downloading the W-APT

To download the W-APT the DTC (Level One User) must be logged in. The W-APT test forms can be accessed from the download library on the right side of http://www.wida.us/assessment/w-apt.

Remember that the W-APT is a secure test. Individual test administrators must be trained in its administration and have agreed to maintain the security of test questions. Once tests are downloaded and printed, they are kept as secure as other state assessments, and are administered following standard procedures.


W-APT Administration

The W-APT is meant to be administered in an individual setting and therefore cannot be given in groups. Please see the chart on page 12 of the LEA Guide to English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessments 2014-2015 for guidance on which form of W-APT should be used.

The W-APT for all grade levels except kindergarten is administered as follows:

  • The Speaking test is administered first, followed by the Listening, Reading, and Writing tests.
  • All components are adaptive, meaning the component in process is stopped when the test administrator reaches items with more complex material than the student is likely to successfully handle. Instructions for stopping a component are included in the test script.

W-APT Scoring and Eligibility For Services

The W-APT is scored completely by the test administrator. No part of the W-APT is sent away for scoring.

For more information on scoring and Eligibility for services see the LEA Guide to English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessments 2014-2015.

W-APT Training

In Missouri, any test administrator of the W-APT must have either attended a MELL W-APT training or have gone through training at the LEA given by someone who attended a MELL W-APT training. W-APT trainings are given in the fall.

MELL Coverage MAP and Contact Information

Date Location Contact
8/12/14 Southwest RPDC - Springfield Claudia Franks
8/13/14 Central RPDC - Warrensburg Becky Smith
8/20/14 Heart Of Missouri RPDC - Columbia Becky Smith
8/22/14 Northeast RPDC - Kirksville Becky Smith
8/25/14 Kansas City RPDC - Kansas City Diane Mora or Sarah Knoll
8/26/14 Univ. Of Missouri Delta Center - Portageville Jesse De Leon
8/27/14 Southeast RPDC - Cape Girardeau Jesse De Leon
8/28/14 Northwest RPDC - Maryville Diane Mora or Sarah Knoll
8/29/14 Ed Plus - St. Louis Marlow Barton or Debra Cole
8/29/14 South Central RPDC - Rolla Jesse De Leon
9/2/14 Kansas City RPDC - Kansas City Diane Mora or Sarah Knoll
9/3/14 Southwest RPDC - Springfield Claudia Franks
9/11/14 Northeast RPDC - Kirksville Becky Smith
9/14/14 Central RPDC - Warrensburg Becky Smith
9/18/14 Ed Plus - St. Louis Marlow Barton or Debra Cole

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0


In 2015-16, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will replace the paper-based version of ACCESS for ELLs with a computer-based, secure annual summative assessment of the developing social and academic English language proficiency of English language learners in Grades 1 through 12. Like ACCESS for ELLs, this assessment will allow educators, students, and families to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English in the domains of speaking, listening, reading and writing and will be aligned with WIDA’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards.

The biggest change is that ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will be computer-delivered. In addition to standardizing the test-taking experience for all students, it is expected that the multimedia and improved dynamism of a computer-delivered assessment will more readily engage students.

Online testing will allow for simultaneous administration of multiple grades and tiers, increased ease for test administrators who no longer need to administer the Speaking test one-on-one and the ability to have some accommodations and accessibility features be built into the online platform.

The other big change is to the grade-level clusters. The clusters for the ACCESS 2.0 will be K1, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

There are some additional smaller changes between ACCESS and ACCESS 2.0. See a complete list of changes here.


ACCESS 2.0 Field Test

In order to establish a psychometric link between performances on ACCESS and ACCESS 2.0, so that scores maintain a consistent meaning in terms of the proficiency levels defined by the WIDA standards, test items and tasks need to be field tested to be sure they are of the highest technical quality and are suitable for measuring academic English language development.

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 field test is a two year process. Last spring, Reading, Writing and Speaking were field tested in a number of states. Participation in the field test last spring was voluntary for Missouri LEAs.


Missouri Field Test Participation

2014-2105 Guide To The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Field Test

*DEADLINE FOR DISTRICTS* - In order for your district to participate, your District Test Coordinator must contact Alex Bauer ([email protected]) with your Name, E-Mail, State and District to inform WIDA that your district will be participating in the Field Test.

Missouri was chosen to participate in the 2nd round of field testing, to take place in the spring of 2015. The official modality Missouri has been chosen for is listening. As a state, we are aiming for 50% or higher participation.

It is strongly recommended that Missouri LEAs with ELLs in grades 1-12 give the listening domain field test to some or all ELLs that took the ACCESS assessment.

WIDA is doing additional online field testing this spring in reading and speaking in grades 1-12 and writing in grades 4-12 in Tier A only. For students in grades 1-3, there is a paper/pencil writing field test available as well. Participation in other field tests is not required, but districts/schools may choose to partake in assessing any or all of the other domains.

The Field Test will be administered approximately two to four weeks after the operational ACCESS test is given. Each field test form contains 24-30 selected response questions and is designed to be administered within a maximum of one hour or one class period. Students should test in the same tier as on the operational assessment. Please note that all domains require headphones and that speaking requires a microphone.

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 field test is a secure test and should be treated as such. To ensure field test data is valid and reliable, no part of field test forms may be copied, shared or otherwise made public.

*DEADLINE FOR DISTRICTS* - In order for your district to participate, your District Test Coordinator must contact Alex Bauer ([email protected]) with your Name, E-Mail, State and District to inform WIDA that your district will be participating in the Field Test.

Contact Information


DESE

Drew Linkon
Assistant Director of Assessment
573-751-8285
[email protected]

Shawn Cockrum
Director of MELL, Title III and Migrant
573-751-8280
[email protected]
dese.mo.gov/quality-schools/migrant-education-ell-immigrant-refugee

Vacant
Director of ELL Curriculum
573-751-3926


Assessment Precode

Amanda Cash
Data Specialist In Accountability Data
573-526-4886
[email protected]
dese.mo.gov/quality-schools/accountability-data

LEAs must use the DESE precode process in order to receive student labels for the ACCESS for ELLs assessment. The precode window is 9/29/14 – 11/07/14. For more information please visit: dese.mo.gov/data-system-management/core-datamosis/timelines#assessprecode

Passwords to WIDA site
W-APT Administration Questions
Standards

WIDA Client Services Help Desk
866-276-7735
[email protected]
www.wida.us


Ordering ACCESS Test Materials

MetriTech Help Desk
800-747-4868
[email protected]
www.metritech.com/wida/login.aspx


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Field Test Questions

Alex Bauer
Field Test Recuriter
608-265-0601
[email protected]
Field Test Information

MELL

MELL Coverage MAP and Contact Information

For information on any of the following topics, please contact your regional Migrant and English Language Learner (MELL) instructional specialist.

  • W-APT Trainings
  • ACCESS for ELLs Trainings
  • Title I-C and Title III funds
  • Professional development opportunities
  • ELL/Migrant identification
  • Building capacity in educational programs and strategies
  • Assistance to LEAs in enhancing English language proficiency and academic achievement of ELLs
Region Contact Phone E-Mail
Kansas City (Region 1) Diane Mora 816-235-6157 [email protected]
Kansas City (Region 1) Sarah Knoll 816-235-8844 [email protected]
Warrensburg (Region 2) Becky Smith 800-762-4146 [email protected]
St. Louis (Region 3) Marlow Barton 314-692-1247 [email protected]
St. Louis (Region 3) Debra Cole 314-692-1238 [email protected]
Springfield (Region 4) Claudia Franks 417-836-4093 [email protected]
Cape Girardeau (Region 5) Jesse DeLeon 573-986-6734 [email protected]