Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2012.
Massachusetts uses Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten, and WIDA Screener for Grades 1-12 to identify English learners (ELs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELs during the annual testing window, which extends from early January through early February.
|10/22/18-11/9/18||Test materials ordering available in AMS|
|12/3/18-2/8/19||WIDA AMS test setup available for test sessions|
|1/2/19||Districts receive test materials|
|1/2/19-1/31/19||Additional test materials ordering window in AMS|
|2/8/19||Deadline for shipping completed test materials to DRC|
|3/25/19-3/29/19||Pre-reporting data validation in WIDA AMS|
|5/28/19||Districts receive reports – Printed and online|
|5/28/19-6/5/19||Post-reporting data validation in WIDA AMS|
Requirements and Resources
See below for state-specific information and resources related to EL assessment, including your state’s ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, indicating each step in the ACCESS testing process from beginning to end.
State Testing Requirements
Guidance on selecting either online or paper-based ACCESS for ELLs testing:
- For the 2018-2019 school year, schools will be required to administer the ACCESS for ELLs Online for students in grades 1-12. The Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS tests will be administered on paper. Students with disabilities and first-year ELs will be allowed online handwriting booklets should they require them. Paper-based tests will also be available for students with disabilities and first-year ELs who require paper testing as an accommodation.
- See details in the Principal's Pre-Administration Manual - Available October 2018.
- The Massachusetts Supplement to the Test Administration Manual contains important instructions unique to Massachusetts test sites, in addition to the instructions in the Test Administration Manual. - Available December 2018
Test Preparation and Training
Administering the Kindergarten W-APT
- To be certified to administer K W-APT, Test Administrators should review the K W-APT Test Administration Manual and Scored Student Writing Samples.
- To access the K W-APT test materials and training, contact your district EL director.
Administering WIDA Screener (Online or Paper) to Grades 1–12
- Training materials for both versions of WIDA Screener can be accessed through the WIDA Secure Portal. Test administrators must complete the appropriate online training and pass the relevant online quizzes with a score of 80% or higher.
- If a Test Administrator has passed the Speaking quiz for the ACCESS paper-based assessment, the Test Administrator is also certified to administer and score the WIDA Screener Speaking test.
Administering ACCESS for ELLs
- Beginning in 2019, all students will be expected to participate in the Online test; However, paper tests will always be available as an accommodation if required by a student's individualized education program (IEP) and as needed for newcomers. IEP or 504 teams and EL educators must determine whether a student is able to take the Online test (with or without a handwriting booklet) or would require a paper accommodation. See the Principal's Pre-Administration Manual for more information.
- Technology Coordinators must view the training materials and complete the Technology Readiness Checklist located in WIDA AMS.
- Online and Paper Testing: Those who administered Online ACCESS tests in 2017-2018 need not re-qualify on the quiz; all others must pass the appropriate Administration Quiz with a score of 80% or above. Recertification will be required bi-annually.
- Online Grades 1-12 Administration Quiz
- Paper Grades 1-12 Administration Quiz
- Speaking Quiz (Grades 1-5 and/or 6-12)
- Kindergarten Quiz
- Alternate ACCESS Quiz
- Additional information about ACCESS for ELLs testing in Massachusetts is available on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
WIDA Secure Portal Accounts
- NEW in 2018-19: All Test Coordinators and Test Administrators must have a WIDA Secure Portal account to access the training modules and test administration documents. To set up an account, see instructions on the DOE website.
Manuals, Guides and Test Materials
WIDA AMS Supplement – Submit Incomplete Domain (coming soon)
- This supplement provides step-by-step directions to “force submit” a domain in WIDA AMS. This task is typically done when a student is prevented from testing in a required domain due to a disability. – Available January 2019
- This PowerPoint presentation created by ESE reviews the format and structure of the assessment, training materials, technology requirements and considerations, test administration procedures, and the latest updates for the current year’s administration.
- Language and content educators can work collaboratively with this tool provided by ESE to develop ESL curriculum that is rooted in academic content, and addresses both WIDA and state standards.
- This document explains how to use the above Collaboration tool in your school and district.
Standards and Instructional Support
Massachusetts Next Generation ESL Curriculum Project Resources
- This comprehensive document provides:
- Information about the project's context, the curriculum design framework and how to use that framework to develop additional ESL units.
- A description of a continuous improvement cycle prompting critical questioning and strategic decision-making that can be used to improve instructional design.
- A collection of collaborative templates, tools, processes, protocols and other resources used in the development of ESL MCUs (e.g., Collaboration Tool, Unit Template, Unit Lesson Plan Template, language unpacking tools, unit and lesson-level protocols, etc.).
- Resources for professional learning communities (PLCs) to support collaborative ESL curriculum development.
- Information about other key topics related to the project, such as text complexity, Universal Design for Learning, guidance related to instruction and assessment of dually identified students (ELs with a disability), critical stance, social justice and other significant components of effective ESL curricula.
- This is a multi-layered, multi-purpose tool designed to help curriculum writers operationalize WIDA standards in conjunction with state academic standards. The goal of the Collaboration Tool is the support curricular planning with the intentional, simultaneous development of language and standards-based analytical practices and concepts. It highlights the need for collaboration between language and content educators and helps teachers prioritize and strategically plan around WIDA's Key Uses of Academic Language in the context of key academic practices common across the disciplines.
- Use this guide to explore the Collaboration Tool in more detail. Be sure to have the Collaboration Tool in front of you for reference. This guide will walk you through how you can use the Collaboration Tool in curriculum development, starting with Focus Language Goals.
- These are housed in the "Model Curriculum Unit" page.
- You will be asked to register. Access is free and granted immediately. Scroll down to find "ESL Units."
- See "8 ESL Model Curriculum Units in Action"
- Hear directly from the families of our multilingual learners, including discussions of the importance of the schooling experience, as well as hopes and aspirations for their children. It is our hope that this video can help build enthusiasm for change, strengthen our commitment to the academic success and immense potential of multilingual learners and compel and support equity and rich, abundant educational experiences for all our students.
Please visit the Office of Language Acquisition's professional development page for information.
English Language Proficiency Assessment Coordinator
Language Acquisition Lead
WIDA Client Services Center
Contact the WIDA Client Services Center for questions about training materials or test administration procedures, classroom resources, or for problems with your WIDA Secure Portal account.
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WIDA Secure Portal
Use the WIDA Secure Portal to access test training manuals and resources, as well as Online Professional Learning modules.
- To obtain a new login to access the WIDA Secure Portal, contact your District Test Coordinator.
- New District Test Coordinators should contact the WIDA Client Services Center to obtain District Test Coordinator permissions.
- For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at email@example.com or call (866) 276-7735.
WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS)
WIDA AMS is managed by the ACCESS for ELLs test contractor, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). You can order ACCESS materials, manage your student and test information, and find technology resources and testing software.
- To obtain a new login as a Test Administrator or a School Test Coordinator, contact your District Test Coordinator.
- New District Test Coordinators should contact DRC Customer Service create an account.
- For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (855) 787-9615.