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ACCESS for ELLs Parent Letters

This letter, available in many languages, contains general information about ACCESS for ELLs and is meant to accompany ACCESS for ELLs score reports as an explanation for parents and guardians. It is provided in an editable format to allow districts and schools to include additional information regarding test administration dates and state policy.

 

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Alternate ACCESS Accommodations Checklist

Checklist for IEP teams to prepare for administration of Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.

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Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guide for Score Reports

This comprehensive document explains the types of scores reported by Alternate ACCESS for ELLs for students in Grades 1-12.

Disclaimer: The content in this document relates to the 2022-23 version of Alternate ACCESS. An updated version of this document will be released after the WIDA Alternate ACCESS standard setting, which takes place in summer 2024. To learn more about the redesigned Alternate ACCESS, peruse the WIDA Alternate ACCESS Updates webpage.

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Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Participation Decision Tree

This guide helps IEP teams determine if a student should take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment, or the ACCESS for ELLs (Online or Paper) with accommodations.

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Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: Understanding Your Child's Scores (multiple languages)

Send this flyer home with students along with the Alternate ACCESS Individual Student Report. This flyer explains each piece of score information included in the report. Use this guide, available in multiple languages, to help parents understand what scores mean and how they are used.

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Alternate ACCESS Sample Items

This document is intended to help Alternate ACCESS test administrators become familiar with features of the Alternate ACCESS assessment. One sample item is provided for each domain (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) so that test administrators can see how test items are formatted in each section. Only grade-level cluster 3-5 sample items are represented.

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Alternate Proficiency Level Descriptors

The Alternate Proficiency Level Descriptors (Alternate PLDs) are an extension of the PLDs found in the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards, 2020 Edition, and describe the continuum of language development for ELs with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The Alternate PLDs are organized into five levels of English language proficiency for two communication modes: interpretive and expressive. Refer to the Glossary and Text Examples section for definitions of terms and examples of student responses. WIDA, with the help of classroom educators, created these proficiency levels to be unique to WIDA Alternate ACCESS.

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Annual Technical Report for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs English Language Proficiency Test, Series 503, 2021-2022 Administration

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs technical reports provide evidence for validity and reliability of Alternate ACCESS for ELLs and support intended uses, interpretations and decisions made with the test.

This is the redacted report for the 2021-2022 administration of Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. Item information is removed from the report.

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Examining Relationships Between Alternate Access and State Alternate Assessments

This report examines how Alternate ACCESS for ELLs serves as a tool that identifies English proficiency attainment for English learners with significant cognitive disabilities.

Published December 2014 
Author: H. Gary Cook

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Individual Characteristics Questionnaire

This is an example of the Individual Characteristics Questionnaire (ICQ), which is part of WIDA Alternate ACCESS. The ICQ captures characteristics of students who take Alternate ACCESS. Test Administrators will fill out the ICQ for each student and that information will be reported on the Individual Student Report. ICQ information can help educator teams make program decisions for students. Prior to administering Alternate ACCESS, download and print this example ICQ and use it to consult with Individual Education Plan (IEP) team members about students.

Disclaimer: The ICQ was designed for print. WIDA intends to take steps in the future to make a version that is web accessible.

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Sample Alternate ACCESS for ELLs District Frequency Report

District Frequency Reports show the number and percentage of tested students who scored at each proficiency level. There are separate reports for each grade.

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Sample Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Individual Score Report

This report provides information about the student’s scores on the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency test. This test is based on the WIDA Alternate English Language Development Standards and is used to measure students’ progress in learning English. Scores are reported as Language Proficiency Levels and as Scale Scores.

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Sample Alternate ACCESS for ELLs School Frequency Report

School frequency reports show the number of students who've tested at each proficiency level for all domains. There are separate reports for each grade.

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Sample Alternate ACCESS for ELLs State Frequency Report

State Frequency Reports show the number and percentage of tested students who scored at each proficiency level. There are separate reports for each grade.

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Sample Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Student Roster Report

Student Roster Reports show individual students' domain, composite and overall scores. There are separate reports for each grade.

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What Is WIDA Alternate ACCESS? (multiple languages)

This handout, available in multiple languages, is a resource that educators can send home with students to give families an introduction to WIDA Alternate ACCESS. The handout explains what WIDA Alternate ACCESS is and why students take this kind of assessment.

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