Greetings and thank you for all you continue to do for multilingual students each day. Included in this update are important announcements and reminders regarding ACCESS for ELLs Data Validation, reporting of ACCESS test results, and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Field Test.
The pre-reporting data validation window provides an opportunity for schools to correct any demographic errors for students who participated in the recently completed 2023 ACCESS test administration. This will be the only opportunity to correct the information listed below before ACCESS results are released in WIDA AMS on May 12. School Test Coordinators should review and correct (if needed) the following information between March 27–31:
Also please ensure that any changes are also corrected in your March SIMS report.
District- and school-level reports will be available in WIDA AMS on May 12, including:
The Department will offer opportunities for ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinators, EL Program Directors, and Principals to receive important information and ask questions regarding relevant topics during the ACCESS testing cycle. Participants will be required to register for all sessions they wish to attend. Upcoming webinars are listed below:
Please register for ACCESS Data Validation webinar and for ACCESS Reporting and Benchmarks webinar. A confirmation message will appear on your screen once you have successfully registered. Upon completing registration, you will receive an email from Alchemer with the link to the webinar. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam folder. Email ACCESS@mass.gov with questions about registration.
Schools are encouraged to participate in WIDA's Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Field Test in order to ensure WIDA has sufficient data necessary for the 2024 Alternate ACCESS for ELLs test. At least 25% of current Alternate ACCESS for ELLs participants in your school should participate in the Field Test. Any kindergarten students who would take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs if one were available currently should also participate in the Field Test. Please see the Participation Guidelines: Which Students Should Take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs? for guidance on which students may be eligible for the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. Field Test materials arrived in schools on February 7. Students should be tested between February 14 and April 17, 2023. If your school has April break beginning April 17, please ensure testing is complete and materials are returned to DRC by April 14, 2023.
Test administrators should complete the field test training and related quizzes located in the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: Administration and Scoring training course in the WIDA Secure Portal. The added training content should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
For up-to-date information about the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Field Test, including how to order additional materials, please visit Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Field Test: Coming to schools in early 2023.
Contact Student Assessment Services with any questions about ACCESS for ELLs testing at ACCESS@mass.gov or by phone at 781-338-3625.
Thank you for your attention to this information.
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