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Report
Launch Plans for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0:
Preparing for the Next Generation English
Language Proficiency Assessment System
Carsten Wilmes, Director of Assessment (WIDA)
Meredith Alt, ASSETS Project Manager (WIDA)
Karen Olsen, Program Manager (DRC)
© 2014 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, on behalf of the WIDA Consortium
www.wida.us
The contents of this presentation were partially funded by an
Enhanced Assessment Grant from the U.S. Department of
Education. However, these contents do not necessarily
represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education
and should not be assumed to be endorsed by the Federal
government.
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Objectives
To familiarize educators with:
• Plans for the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online
assessment
• The key features of the online assessment
• Additional resources to assist in the
transition to the online assessment
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Announcement
Welcome, Karen Olsen and DRC!
Data Recognition Corporation will serve as
the operational test vendor for ACCESS for
ELLs 2.0, both paper and online
DRC has extensive online testing experience
and has done an amazing job with the
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Field Test
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Development Timeline
Fully Operational 2015-2016, with states
continuing to determine their operational
testing window
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Key Changes to Expect
Computerized test for grades 1-12
Paper ACCESS will continue to be available as an accommodation
and if districts do not have the technology for online testing.
New grade clusters:
*Note: Kindergarten will remain an interactive, paper-based kit. For the
foreseeable future, it will not be an online assessment
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Key Changes with online test:
Response Capture
Listening and Reading: student responses will be
captured digitally and scored by the online test engine
Speaking: student responses will be recorded into the
computer with a headset and automatically sent to a
central location for scoring
Writing: keyboarded student responses will be captured
digitally and automatically sent to a central location for
scoring; Educators will ship handwritten responses to the
central location for scoring
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Benefits of the New Online Test
Increased student engagement through a more
dynamic testing experience
Built-in accommodations and accessibility features
appropriate for a range of student needs
Logistical flexibility as a result of simultaneous
administration of multiple grades and proficiency levels
Increased ease for test administrators who will no
longer need to administer and score the Speaking test
one-on-one and who will not need to order by tier
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New with Online Listening
Students will hear an audio passage and
will see visual prompts on the computer
screen
When the passage is complete, students
will select a response on the computer
screen
The test engine will digitally capture and
score students’ responses
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Sample Online
Listening Item Layout
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New with Online Reading
Students will read passages on the
computer screen
Students will select a response on the
computer screen
The test engine will digitally capture and
score students’ responses
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Sample Online
Reading Item Layout
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New with Online Speaking
Students will hear an audio prompt and will
see visual prompts on the computer screen
Students will record their answers (into
headsets) using the record button
The test engine will digitally record
responses and automatically send them to
a central location for scoring
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Sample Online
Speaking Item Layout
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Sample Online
Speaking Item Layout
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New with Online Writing
Students will hear an audio prompt and see
visual prompts on the computer screen
Students will type their response into the text
box (depending on grade and proficiency
level, as noted in the next slide)
The test engine will capture keyboarded
responses and automatically send them to a
central location for scoring
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Sample Online
Writing Item Layout
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Sample Online
Writing Item Layout
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Sample Online
Writing Item Layout
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Additional Information for
Writing Domain
The test delivery and response modes of the Writing test will
vary by grade to meet the needs of all learners. In the field test:
Writing Grades Writing Test Format
and Tiers
Writing Response
Mode
Grades 1 – 3
Paper-based prompts
Paper
Grades 4 – 5
Computer-based
prompts
Keyboard or Paper
Grades 6 – 12 Computer-based
prompts
Keyboard or Paper
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Administration Considerations
Timing of Test: The test will be self paced.
The test engine will manage tiers on the back end;
educators do not need to select tiers for online test
Order of Administration: Student placement on the
Writing and Speaking test will be determined by their
performance on the Listening and Reading tests.
Listening and Reading: will be administered first. They
may be administered together or separately.
Writing and Speaking: can be administered in either
order, after Listening and Reading
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New Centralized Management
System
One stop resource for all tools needed for
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 administration
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Processes – Online Test
Online test set up
Will be done through DRC’s eDIRECT
administrative system
Register and create student test sessions
Generate student test tickets
Taking the test
When the students log in, their individual test will load
When completed, the system will automatically send
the appropriate data file for scoring
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Processes – Paper Tests
Ordering paper materials
Very similar to the past, but perhaps even
easier
Will be done through DRC’s eDIRECT administrative
system
Overage built in; will only need to order
Kindergarten, grades 1-3 Writing tests, and forms to
be used as an accommodation
Returning materials
All materials can be placed together in a box
and returned to DRC (no sorting necessary)
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Preparation Resources
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0/Implementation webpage:
www.wida.us/access_2.0
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Upcoming Materials
Upcoming resources will include:
 Fall 2014 – regular updates to the WIDA website and
ASSETS Project website for the Field Test
 Spring 2015 - Initial checklists of roles and
responsibilities for Technology Coordinators, Test
Coordinators, and Test Administrators
 Fall 2015 - Online Test Administration Manual, Video
Tutorials, and Practice Items
 Throughout 2014-15 - detailed information such as
is currently listed for the ACCESS 2.0 Field Test
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Technology Requirements
Technology requirements are listed on the WIDA
(ACCESS 2.0) website:
www.wida.us/access_2.0/technology
Technology requirements match the PARCC and
Smarter Balanced consortia requirements
whenever possible
Headphones are necessary for all domains
Headsets/headphones with built in
microphones are required for the Speaking
test
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2015 Field Test Overview
2015 Field Test Recruitment has officially
begun!
Field Test Window: Dec. 15, 2014 – April 10, 2015
Domains: Listening 1-12, Reading 1-12, Speaking 112, and Writing 1-12
Contact: Alex Bauer is the 2015 WIDA Field Test
Recruiter ([email protected])
Eligibility: Any site with an operational test window
between December 2014 and March 30, 2015
Incentives: WIDA will provide headsets and ACCESS
for ELLs Growth Report free of charge
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Field Test Preparation Resources
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0/Field Test webpage:
www.wida.us/2.0/FT
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For More Information
WIDA (ACCESS 2.0) webpage:
www.wida.us/access_2.0
Contact the WIDA Client Services Center:
866-276-7735 or [email protected]
Contact DRC Customer Service:
855-787-9615 or [email protected]
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Questions?
WIDA Consortium
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