DATE: July 21, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Training for the 2017-2018 Administration of the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 Test

The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the WIDA® Consortium and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), is offering training for the 2017-2018 administration of the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 test. This one-day training is designed for Division Directors of Testing (DDOTs), School Test Coordinators, and other division staff who are responsible for the administration of the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 test.

Participants in this training will learn how to use the WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS) to manage the administration of both the online and paper ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 tests. Specifically, this training will include the following exercises:

Additionally, procedures for ordering, distributing, and returning test materials, as well as accessing reports and disseminating test results, will be demonstrated. Participants must bring either a computer or tablet with wireless capability since both the WIDA website and WIDA AMS will be accessed during the training; participants must also have log-in credentials to access both. Individuals who do not have the necessary log-in credentials for the WIDA website or WIDA AMS should contact their DDOT to request them prior to the day of training.

This is a one-day training that will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is limited to 50 participants at each location. The training will be offered on the following days at the locations listed below:

Training materials, breakfast, and a working lunch will be provided for all participants. The cost of travel will be the responsibility of the participants. To register for this training, please access this brief online registration surveyThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. The registration survey will open on Monday, August 14, 2017, and close on Friday, September 15, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact the assessment staff by email at or by phone at (804) 225-2102.