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English Language Learner Assessments DAC Academy Afternoon Breakout Session August 23, 2012 Heather Villalobos Pavia English Language Learner Assessment Consultant

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English Language Learner Assessments. DAC Academy Afternoon Breakout Session August 23, 2012 Heather Villalobos Pavia English Language Learner Assessment Consultant. Purpose. Introduction to the WIDA assessments - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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English Language Learner Assessments

DAC AcademyAfternoon Breakout Session

August 23, 2012

Heather Villalobos PaviaEnglish Language Learner Assessment Consultant

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• Introduction to the WIDA assessments• Help DACs navigate the WIDA website to

find all WIDA created training resources• Questions/concerns – 303-866-6118

[email protected]

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Two Assessments

WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test, W-APT™

• Administered upon enrollment if a language other than English is indicated on the home language survey.

Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners, ACCESS for ELLs® • Administered annually to monitor students' progress in

acquiring academic English.

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W-APT Administration Times & General Scoring

Administration times vary according to students’ level of proficiency

Gr. 1-12 Time to Administer How to Score

Speaking up to 15 minutes rubric

Listening up to 20 minutes answer key

Reading up to 20 minutes answer key

Writing up to 30 minutes rubric

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How to Use WIDA Rubrics

Look at the proficiency level for the task being administered.

Examine the expectations for each task level.

Determine whether student’s response meets all of the stated expectations for that task level.

Do not score for content accuracy, but for the level of language expected at that task level.

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Raw Scores - Indicates the actual number of items or tasks to which the student responded correctly out of the total number of items or tasks.

Proficiency Level - Describes a student’s performance in terms of the six WIDA English language proficiency levels.

Composite Proficiency Levels (CPLs) - Records a literacy, oral, and overall, weighted score for all the language domains.

Grade Specific Composite Proficiency Level Scores - Is the CPL scores adjusted to the test taker's grade in recognition of the fact that the test is more difficult for test-takers in the early grades. Based on this reasoning, test-takers in the highest grade of the cluster do not receive any adjustment in their scores.

W-APT Score Information

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W-APT Score InformationScoring Sheet includes instructions for calculating student’s oral, literacy, and overall composite proficiency level score:

Literacy• Reading is weighted at 50%• Writing is weighted at 50%

Oral• Speaking is weighted at 50%• Listening is weighted at 50%

Overall• Literacy is weighted at 70%• Oral is weighted at 30%

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Training Resources: W-APT

• Test Administration Manual• Test Administrator’s Script• Login gives access to: • WIDA webinars

WIDA prepared training PowerPoints Scored Writing Samples Scored Speaking Samples

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Training ConnectionsWIDA Workshops:1. September 18, 2012

• AM and PM session• Red Rocks Community College

2. September 27, 2012• AM session• Montrose School District Board Room

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Characteristics of ACCESS for ELLs

• Test forms are available in three overlapping tiers for each grade level cluster in grades 1-12 (1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)o Tier A: Proficiency levels 1-3o Tier B: Proficiency levels 2-4o Tier C: Proficiency levels 3-5

• Test administrator scripts are different for each test form• Administered in groups of up to 22 students

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Administration Times for ACCESSListening and Reading are administered together in one group session

• Listening Administration: 20-25 minutes

• Break in between Listening and Reading sections: 5 minutes

• Reading Administration: 35-40 minutes

• Logistics: 15 minutes (approximately)

• Total: 75 minutes (approximately)

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Test Administration Times (continued)

• Writing is administered in a separate group sessiono Writing Administration: 60 minutes + 5 minutes to finish up

(if necessary)

o Logistics: 10-15 minutes (approximately)

o Total: 75 minutes (approximately)

• Speaking is individually administered, no tiers - adaptive formato Up to 15 minutes per student

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Training Resources: ACCESS for ELLs

• Webinars• PowerPoints• Tutorials • Modules

Login gives access to:

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Important ACCESS for ELLs Dates

• Test Ordering: 10/10/12 – 11/10/12

• Pre-ID Ordering: 10/10/12 – 11/10/12

• Districts Receive Materials – 12/17/12

• TEST WINDOW – 01/07/13 – 02/08/13

• Districts Ship Materials to MT – 02/08/13 -02/14/13

• Reports Shipped to District – 04/20/13

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Ordering from MetriTech

MetriTech is responsible for the printing, scoring, reporting, and distributing of all ACCESS for ELLs® test materials and results. • Test materials include: test booklets, picture booklets,

test administration scripts, score sheets, pre-ID labels, and score reports.

• MetriTech's secure website http://www.metritech.com

If you have questions about these materials or functions, please call 1-800-747-4868 and ask for WIDA Support.

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Finding Trainings on the WIDA Website

• Home page www.wida.us • Download Library (upper right corner

under Facebook and Twitter icons)• Wida Help Desk - [email protected] or call toll

free 1-866-276-7735

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Colorado Department of Education

Go to the Download


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Colorado Department of Education


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Colorado Department of Education

W-APT You may need to click on

the triangle

for more.

W-APT Webinars

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Navigating the Website

• W-APT Webinars• W-APT Training Toolkit• Scored Student Writing Samples• W-APT Score Calculator• ACCESS for ELLs Quiz