Member of the WIDA Consortium since 2004.

Assessments

Vermont uses Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten, and WIDA Screener (Grades 1-12) to identify English language learners (ELLs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELLs during the annual testing window, which lasts from early January through early March.

Testing Dates

Testing dates for 2018-19 will be Jan. 7 – March 8. Additional information about Vermont's 2018-2019 ACCESS for ELLS testing dates is coming soon.

Requirements and Resources

See below for state-specific information and resources related to ELL assessment, including your state’s ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, where you can find each step in the ACCESS testing process from beginning to end.

ACCESS for ELLs Checklist State-Specific Directions

State Testing Requirements
  • Students in Grades 1-12 take ACCESS for ELLs Online. Paper-based assessments in Grades 1-12 require pre-approval from the State. Contact Jim McCobb at james.mccobb@vermont.gov for more information.
  • Students in Grades 1-3 continue to view the Writing prompt and write their responses in a physical response booklet. This is still considered the online assessment.
  • Students in Grades 4-5 keyboard their Writing responses on the computer screen and write their responses in a physical response booklet.
  • Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS tests remain paper-based.
  • DRC sends Writing response booklets for Grades 1-3 with the initial materials order based on the student counts entered into WIDA AMS. Additional response booklets can be ordered if necessary during the Additional Materials Ordering Window.
Test Preparation and Training
  • ACCESS training courses and certification quizzes are available in the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your District Test Coordinator (DTC) if you need an account. Contact Jim McCobb at james.mccobb@vermont.gov if you do not know who your DTC is.
  • Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA Screener training and test materials are available in the WIDA Secure Portal. Contact your District Test Coordinator to update the permissions on your account.
  • Student and Test Session Management, Testing Software, and Materials Ordering are done through the WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS). If you do not have a WIDA AMS account, contact your DTC.
  • To be certified to administer ACCESS, log in to the WIDA Secure Portal. Select the training tile of the test you are administering. View the appropriate training materials for your role and pass the certification quiz for that assessment with a score of 80% or higher.
  • Educators are required to certify annually, prior to administration.

 

Manuals, Guides and Test Materials

WIDA AMS Supplemental Submit Incomplete Domain - In order to begin the Speaking and Writing domains in ACCESS, students must first take Listening and Reading. If a student is unable to complete the Listening or Reading domain (e.g., due to a disability), districts can submit an incomplete domain to continue to the Speaking and Writing domains. Instructions for this process can be found in the above supplement.

 

Professional Learning

State-sponsored professional learning opportunities will be posted to the Vermont Agency of Education's (AOE) English Learner home page.

They will also be announced on the AOE's home page under "Upcoming Events" and in the Weekly Field Memo under "Latest News."

Contacts

Jim McCobb
State Title III Director
(802) 479-1273
Fax: (802) 429-1822
james.mccobb@vermont.gov

Linda Moreno
Assessment Coordinator for Special Populations
(802) 479-1309
linda.moreno@vermont.gov
Contact Linda for questions about accessibility, accommodations and alternate assessments.

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.

help@wida.us
(866) 276-7735
M-F 8am-5pm CT (Apr-Oct)
M-Th 7am-7pm CT, Fri 7am-5pm CT (Nov-Mar)

Logging In

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 as a Test Administrator, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Jim McCobb to obtain an account.
  • For assistance with your account, contact the WIDA Client Services Center at help@wida.us or call (866) 276-7735.

WIDA AMS
WIDA AMS is managed by our partner company Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). You can order ACCESS materials, manage your student and test information, and find technology resources and testing software via WIDA AMS

  • To obtain a new login as a Test Administrator, contact your District Test Coordinator.
  • New District Test Coordinators should contact Jim McCobb to obtain an account.
  • For assistance accessing your account, contact DRC Customer Service at wida@datarecognitioncorp.com or call (855) 787-9615.

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