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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

ACCESS for ELLs Assessment Update: Release of 2014 ACCESS for ELLs Results

To:Principals
Copy:English Language Learner (ELL) Directors
From:Dan Wiener, Administrator of Inclusive Assessment
Paulette Watson, ACCESS for ELLs Coordinator
Date:April 28, 2014

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Greetings! We are providing you with important information regarding the release of 2014 ACCESS for ELLs test results.

On May 19, schools will receive printed versions of the following:

  • Parent/Guardian Reports (two copies)
  • Teacher Reports/Kindergarten Teacher Reports
  • Student Roster Report
  • School Frequency Report

Schools must send Parent/Guardian Reports to the home of the student with appropriate translated materials described below.

Districts will receive a printed version of the:

  • District Frequency Report

The following digital files will be available on the Department's Security Portal in DropBox Central:

  • Student rosters (PDF)
  • Student data files (CSV)

Available Support Materials

Translations of Parent/Guardian Reports and Sample Letters to Parents

  • Translations of generic Parent Guardian Report shells and sample parent letters are now available at http://www.wida.us/downloadLibrary.aspx. Districts may download translations of Parent/Guardian Report "shells" and sample letters to send to parents in the language of the home (where available).

  • Translations of each student's Parent/Guardian report are also available through an automated online service that allows schools to print each student's actual report (i.e., with actual student results) in the home language of the student. Schools may contact MetriTech, the test contractor, at 800-747-4868 for instructions on how to log in and download individual student reports.

Interpretive Materials

  • A brief PowerPoint presentation (in English) entitled Understanding the Parent/Guardian Report is available on the ESE website at Download PDF Document  http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/Parent-Report.pdf. Districts may wish to present this to parents, using volunteer or other district-based translators.

  • Information about the ACCESS reports and how each should be interpreted and used is available by reviewing the ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guide for Score Reports, available at http://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS/#scores; or by viewing a pre-recorded Massachusetts ACCESS for ELLs Reporting Webinar, posted to the WIDA Download Library. To log in and view the webinar, you will need a WIDA personal account with your user name and password.

Thank you for your attention to this important information. Please contact Paulette Watson at 781-338-3625 if you have questions.



Last Updated: April 14, 2014
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