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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|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|
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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:
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 at http://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS/#prep 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,
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: http://www.metritech.com/wida/login.aspx. 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].
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] or visit: http://dese.mo.gov/data-system-management/core-datamosis/timelines#assessprecode
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
A list of native language codes can be found through in the MOSIS code set at http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/FilespecCodeSets_2014CodeSets.html#ISO_Language_Codes
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
More information about the next generation of ACCESS testing will be forthcoming in the spring of 2015 and the fall of 2015.
ACCESS 2.0 Field Test
In spring of 2015, WIDA will continue to field test the technology-based English language proficiency assessment, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. The main purposes of field testing are to collect data to confirm that all test items and tasks are of the highest quality and to establish the psychometric linking between performances on ACCESS for ELLs and ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.
The field test is used to confirm that all test items and tasks are of the highest technical quality, suitable for measuring academic English language development in an annual summative assessment. Additionally, the field test is used to establish the psychometric link between performances on ACCESS for ELLs and the new ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessments in order that the scores maintain a consistent meaning from the transition of one assessment to the other in terms of the proficiency levels defined by the WIDA standards.
PLEASE NOTE: A more thorough guide to ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Field Testing in Missouri, including training information and a calendar of important dates, will be released in October/November 2014.
Missouri Field Test Participation
Missouri was chosen to participate in the 2nd round of field testing, to take place in the spring of 2015.
It is expected that Missouri LEAs with ELLs in grades 1-12 give the Listening field test domain. This domain will require the headphones for each student. If you do not have enough, WIDA is providing a number of free headsets for those LEAs taking the Listening domain. Please contact Alex Bauer at [email protected] or 608- 265-0601 for more information.
Additionally, LEAs can volunteer for additional field testing in other domains. WIDA is specifically looking for Tier A students in grades 1-12 in speaking and writing, but LEAs may volunteer any student in any domain. As a bonus for participating in additional field test domains, LEAs that have at least two years of ACCESS for ELLs test data will receive a free copy of the ACCESS for ELLs growth report (a $200 value). See www.wida.us/accessgrowthreports for more information on the growth reports. Pease contact Alex Bauer at [email protected] or 608- 265-0601 with 2015 Field Test recruitment questions.
The Listening field test window goes until April 10, 2015. To establish a valid psychometric link between the two assessments, LEAs will need to administer the field test after administering operational ACCESS for ELLs.
For scheduling purposes, schools should plan for one hour of testing for each domain.
MELL 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 MELL Coverage MAP and Contact Information
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
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For information on any of the following topics, please contact your regional Migrant and English Language Learner (MELL) instructional specialist.