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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Test Administrator Training and Certification

Test Administrator Qualifications

Principals must authorize individuals to serve as test administrators for ACCESS for ELLs tests and ensure that they have completed the relevant training and certification described below. To the extent possible, test administrators should be licensed classroom teachers working in the school. When necessary, other education professionals, such as administrators employed by the district, may be authorized to serve as test administrators. Individuals prohibited from being test administrators include anyone not employed by the district and anyone who has not completed the relevant training and certification.

Training Modules and Certification Quizzes

Prospective test administrators must complete the relevant online training modules and certification quizzes listed below between October 1, 2012, and January 10, 2013, in order to administer the ACCESS for ELLs tests (January 10-February 13, 2013). All prospective test administrators should complete the overview module, plus those modules for the tests they will administer. Each available training module is listed below, with approximate times for completion.

GradesTraining ModulesCertification QuizEstimated Time to Complete
K-12Overview Module No15 minutes
1-12Group Test Administration Module (covers Listening, Reading, Writing tests)Yes1 hour
1-12Speaking Test Administration ModuleYes2 hours
KindergartenKindergarten Test ModuleYes2 ½ hours

The online training and certification quizzes may be completed in one sitting or in multiple sessions as needed. A score of 80 percent or higher on each certification quiz is required for an educator to be authorized to administer a specific test. Each certification quiz may be taken until the minimum required score is attained.

Each prospective test administrator will see a pop-up screen when they have successfully completed the training module and quiz. A certificate will also be available for printing.

Instructions for Creating Personal Accounts to View Training Modules

Principals should distribute the password they received and the instructions below to each prospective test administrator in the school and request that they create a personal account on the WIDA website.

Prospective test administrators should follow the steps described below to create their personal accounts.

  1. Go online to World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment(WIDA) website.
  2. In the box near the upper right corner, enter the state-wide user name and password you received from your principal. Click LOG IN.
  3. Click Continue on the next screen.
  4. Select Massachusetts from the dropdown menu; then select your District Name. Click Continue.
  5. Complete the requested information, then click Create My Account. A WIDA-assigned, personal user name and the password you selected will be displayed, and you will be informed that an email has been sent to you with this information. Write down and securely store the user name and password. If you do not see the email, check your spam or junk mail folders and/or check with your technology coordinator to be certain that your system is not blocking messages from or
  6. Return to the Home Page and click Log Out.
  7. Enter your personal user name and password, and log back in.
  8. Select ACCESS for ELLs Training Course & Quizzes. Follow online steps to access the appropriate training modules listed above.

Lost Passwords

If you lose or forget your personal login information after creating your account, please visit the WIDA website and type in the email address used to create the account to receive a password reminder email. Do not create a new account.

Contact the WIDA Help Desk at 866-276-7735, or, if you have any questions about creating a personal account.

Monitoring the Progress of Test Administrator Training in Districts

Beginning on October 15, individuals who have set up personal accounts will have access via their personal accounts to view the names of individuals in the district who have taken the training and completed the certification quizzes. Superintendents, principals, and ELL directors who wish to monitor the progress of test administrator training in their district must set up their own personal account to view this information.

To view the names of test administrators in the district who have completed the training, users can login to their personal account; click on "My Quizzes" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen; then click on the "District View" tab.

Additional Resources

Documents prepared by the Department with specific information about ACCESS for ELLs test administration include:

  1. Requirements for the Participation of ELLs in ACCESS for ELLs and MCAS (2012-2013 Update)
  2. Information for principals will be sent out shortly (and will be available at MCAS Student Assessment: ACCESS for ELLs page) that describes how to order ACCESS for ELLs test materials this fall and plan for testing in each school.

Last Updated: October 4, 2012
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