Access for ELLs 2.0

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ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is the annual assessment of English language development for EL students measuring each of the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is administered online for grades 1-12 and paper-based for kindergarten. The writing domain is handwritten for grades 1-3 and optional for grades 4 and 5. Teachers may opt for students to use the paper-based assessment for students who are completely unfamiliar with computers and technology. Please contact Lodee Arnold if you feel a student needs a paper-based test.


2018-2019 Annual English Language Proficiency Assessment
The following is the schedule for the 2017-2018 Annual English Language Proficiency Assessment. In North Dakota the WIDA ACCESS 2.0 (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Learners) is the assessment that will be utilized. It is given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English learners (ELs). The test items for the ACCESS for ELs 2.0 derived from the model performance indicators of WIDA's English Language Development (ELD) standards.

ACCESS 2.0 SCHEDULE 2018 – 2019
  Testing Specifics Start Date End Date
Pre-Testing Updated WIDA AMS and WIDA.US information    
Technology Updates    
SEA Pre ID and Yes Materials Order Thu 12/6/18 Thu 12/6/18
WIDA AMS Test Setup Available Fri 12/14/18 Fri 2/22/19
Districts Receive Test Materials (On) Mon 1/7/19 Mon 1/7/19
During Testing Additional Test Material Window in AMS Mon 1/7/19 Fri 2/15/19
Additional Test Material Window Closing in AMS Fri 2/15/19 Fri 2/15/19
Test Window Opening Tue 1/15/19 Fri 2/22/19
Test Window Closing Fri 2/22/19 Fri 2/22/19
Post-Testing Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Material to DRC Fri 3/1/19 Fri 3/1/19
Material Return Status Check TBD TBD
Pre-Reporting Data Validation Opening - LEAs in AMS TBD TBD
Pre- Reporting Data Validation Closing - LEAs in AMS TBD TBD
Districts Receive Reports - Printed and Online (On) TBD TBD
Post-Reporting Data Validation Opening – LEAs in AMS TBD TBD
Post-Reporting Data Validation Closing – LEAs in AMS TBD TBD

ACCESS for ELs 2.0 Preparation Resources
The following links contains preparation materials and timelines for ACCESS 2.0 from WIDA.