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  1. ACCESS for ELLs® Test Facilitator TrainingWorkshop Overview Emily Evans, Center for Applied LinguisticsJanuary 2007New Jersey Department of Education Developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics

  2. Overview of the Day Morning: Introduction to WIDA – Test Background, Participant Roles Administering ACCESS Group Tests - Listening, Reading, and Writing Administering and Scoring ACCESS Speaking Test Administering and Scoring ACCESS Kindergarten Test Afternoon: Administering and Scoring the Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Enrollment and Use of D2L:  Online ACCESS for ELLs® Training Brief Review of Tier Placement of Students for ACCESS Testing Maintaining Test Security and Understanding ACCESS Score Reports

  3. New Jersey’s Testing Window

  4. Background on the WIDA Consortium and the Consortium Assessments Emily Evans, Center for Applied LinguisticsJanuary 2007New Jersey Department of Education Developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics

  5. Training Objectives • To understand how the WIDA consortium is organized and what it offers member states • To understand how the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards are translated into ACCESS for ELLs® test items • To understand how the ACCESS for ELLs® test is structured

  6. Workshop Table of Contents • Background on the WIDA Consortium • WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards • WIDA Products and Services

  7. Why “WIDA”? • The WIDA Consortium was originally made up of three states: Wisconsin, Delaware, and Arkansas. • As the Consortium grew, the name was changed to reflect that growth. WIDA now stands for World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment, and as of 2006 includes 15 states:

  8. Organization of Consortium Activities

  9. Who Does What for ACCESS Testing? • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) – coordination of item writing course; development of test items; layout of test booklets and scripts; maintenance of training products and professional development opportunities; test item data analysis • MetriTech – PDSR – Production, Distribution, Scoring, & Reporting functions • Test Facilitators – enroll test administrators in online course and issue certification; oversee test security; typically at district level • Test Coordinators –testing window scheduling and ordering of booklets; typically at school level • Test Administrators – administer one or all components of the ACCESS for ELLs® (Speaking, Kindergarten, Group); typically a teacher Assessment Title III and State Organizations

  10. State Contact Information Office of Specialized Populations (609) 292-8777 • Acting Director, James F. Curry • Bilingual Education Coordinator, Ms. Raquel Sinai • Bilingual/ESL Educational Specialist, Ms. Lori Ramella • Bilingual/ESL Educational Specialist Ms. Ericka Reed DOE Website: http://www.nj.gov/njded/bilingual/services/

  11. WIDA Products and Services • Language Proficiency Standards • English Language Proficiency Standards • Spanish Language Arts Standards • English Language and Content Assessments • ACCESS for ELLs® (Large-Scale Assessment ) • WIDA–ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)™ — The Screener • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs® for cognitively disabled children (in development) • ONPAR™ content assessment for low proficient ELLs (in development) • Supplemental Activities • CLIMBS professional development workshops • ACCESS Item Writing Course, annually in the winter • Test administration training • Validation and Research • Bridge study of ACCESS data with LAS, IPT, MAC II, LPTS data • Annual technical reports • Speaking test inter-rater reliability study Today’s Focus

  12. ACCESS Training In addition to seasonal face-to-face workshops, WIDA supports a Train-the-Trainer approach to preparing teachers and administrators to administer ACCESS for ELLs® assessments. The available materials include: • Test Administration Manuals • District and School Test Administration Manual • ACCESS for ELLs® Kindergarten Test Administration Manual • D2L Online Course and CD version of D2L course • Training Toolkit CD • Coaching Guide • PowerPoint presentations • Sample test items • Speaking and Writing Rubrics

  13. Centrality of the ELP Standards ACCESS for ELLs® and W-APT™ ClassroomAssessmentFramework Large-ScaleAssessmentFramework English Language ProficiencyStandards& PerformanceDefinitions ModelPerformanceIndicators:Formative ModelPerformanceIndicators:Summative

  14. 6 5 REACHING BRIDGING 4 EXPANDING 3 DEVELOPING 2 BEGINNING 1 ENTERING Levels of English Language Proficiency

  15. 6 REACHING 5 BRIDGING 4 EXPANDING 3 DEVELOPING 2 BEGINNING 1 ENTERING Criteria for Proficiency Level Definitions • Linguistic Complexity: Extent of functional language (written or oral discourse) • Vocabulary Usage: Comprehension and use of the technical vocabulary of the content areas • Language Control: Comprehension and use of phonological, syntactic, and semantic structure & rules

  16. Where to Go for WIDA Resources • www.wida.us • To access and download the sample ACCESS for ELLs® test items • To read current FAQ sheet providing general information on WIDA and ACCESS for ELLs® • To access and download the WIDA standards • To request user support via email • To request CDs contact your state’s Title III coordinator

  17. Questions or Comments? For more information, please contact the WIDA Hotline:1-866-276-7735 or www.wida.us/helpform World Class Instructional Design and Assessment, www.wida.us Center for Applied Linguistics, www.cal.org Metritech, Inc., www.metritech.com

  18. Questions or Comments? For more information, please contact the WIDA Hotline:1-866-276-7735 or www.wida.us/helpform World Class Instructional Design and Assessment, www.wida.us Center for Applied Linguistics, www.cal.org Metritech, Inc., www.metritech.com