ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online testing window opens

Maine’s testing window for the computer-based English language proficiency assessment ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is now open with WIDA’s recently added support for iPads. This year’s new and improved online assessment replaces the previous paper-based version for students in grades 1-12. Kindergarten students will continue to take the paper exam.

To prepare for and administer the assessment, resources are available in WIDA’s Assessment Management System including a training video and guidance for Technology Coordinators to install required hardware and software.

  • Training video for Technology Coordinators: Covers INSIGHT and TSM software, Device Toolkit and Install options for WIDA AMS testing can be found under Training Materials at: https://www.wida-ams.us/default.aspx
  • Installation (in three phases):
    • Phase 1: Installing the Testing Site Manager (the TSM is a simple server designed to cache audio data files) onto a Windows server, a Windows workstation or a Mac.
    • Phase 2: Configuration of the Server via the online Device Toolkit (DTK).
    • Phase 3: Installing the student test taking software on student devices (aka “Insight”).

To meet the needs of all schools and students, a number of test solution options are available.

  • Schools testing more than 20 students will want to consider a centralized server solution. It is recommended you follow the instructions located at www.wida-ams.us.
  • Schools testing fewer than 20 students may elect to install the system on a laptop or desktop computer. You will need to have a reserved/static IP address for the caching server. Instructions on WIDA’s website can assist with the process. It is NOT recommended that you move the TSM between schools as often you will need to reconfigure the system and student devices.
  • Schools with limited technology or network support will want to consider the “All-in-One” solution, recently created by Maine. This solution removes the need for a separate server, and requires very basic computer skills to install. Directions can be found here: goo.gl/GqDHgG.

Students may take the test using Mac or PC laptops or desktops, certain versions of Linux computers or Chromebooks and full-sized iPads. Maine has not yet vetted Android tablet use.

WIDA recently added support for full-sized iPads and the app is not available in the App Store. Instead, the use of an MDM will be needed to distribute. Schools that wish to use Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) iPads for WIDA testing should visit https://acbd.apple.com/mlti/ or call 1-800-919-2775 x4MLTI and request that this app and profile be added to their site. The app will then be added to Self Service, and a profile can be added to those devices that have the app installed. For iPads outside of MLTI, schools should consult pages 111-113 of the Insight User Guide located at www.wid-ams.us.

If you need assistance with technical support, call Data Recognition Corporation at 1-855-787-9615.

If you feel that you will not be able to successfully test online or need more information, contact Maine DOE ESL/Bilingual Director Nancy Mullins at nancy.mullins@maine.gov or 624-6788.