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Assessment12/5/2017

PARCC

S​AT®

ISA

  • NEW - 2016 Illinois Science Assessment Student Roster Reports Available in IWAS

    The 2016 Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) student-level results are now available to schools and districts for viewing in IWAS in the Assessment system listing. The 2016 data corrections window is closed. Please note these results are complete, but not yet finalized or aggregated. Suppressions may still occur for students who took both the Dynamic Learning Maps-Alternative Assessment and the ISA, but ISBE wanted to return student results as soon as possible. The 2016 participation rate is preliminary at this time as finalization continues. Aggregate 2016 state-, district-, and school-level data will be available later this month when analyses are complete. A public release of the data will follow. Printed student score reports for distribution at your discretion will ship after schools return in January.

    The task of creating and standing up a brand new test in six months, in combination with the lack of a state budget for more than two years, greatly impacted the timeline for administering, scoring, and reporting the 2016 ISA. ISBE sincerely appreciates the continued cooperation in making each year of the assessment more successful than the last.

    Please contact the ISBE Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 or assessment@isbe.net with questions.

  • NEW2017 Illinois Science Assessment Student Data Corrections Window Closing

    The window to correct student demographic information and reason for no valid test attempt (RNVTA) for the 2017 Illinois Science Assessment will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 15. Please note the 2017 ISA correction window has been open since June 2017; therefore, you may have already completed your review. “How to” documents for finding the report and making/verifying corrections are also available. Please contact the ISBE Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 or assessment@isbe.net with questions.

  • ISA Test Windows
    2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - DRC Planned Outage
    Begins - Saturday, Dec. 9th at 3:00pm CT
    Ends - Sunday, Dec. 10th at 10:00pm CT

    During this time, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online and WIDA Screener (including scoring) will be unavailable. Test Setup in WIDA AMS should be available.

  • WIDA AMS Test Setup Window

    The WIDA AMSTest Setup window for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will take place Friday, December 8th, 2017 through Friday, March 9th, 2018.

    During this window, you will have the ability to view students in the system as well as view and modify test sessions. If you are administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online, you must make sure your students are entered in the appropriate test sessions.

    Students for whom Pre-ID data was submitted will automatically be placed into generic test sessions based on grade cluster and domain. To view the Test Sessions windows, log in to WIDA AMS, then click on Test Management > Manage Test Sessions. You can view all the test sessions for a specific district or school. The window displays the status of the test session – Not Started, In Progress, or Completed.

    For detailed instructions on Test Setup, please refer to the WIDA online training course and/or the WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS) User Guide.

    Please contact DRC Customer Support with any questions at WIDA@DataRecognitionCorp.com or 1-855-787-9615.

  • ACCESS Online System Status Monitor

    Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service. Also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

    WIDA Sytem Status 

    To find it: Wida.us > ACCESS > Updates > "Monitor the Status..."
    WIDA Sytem Status 

  • Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

    The WIDA Professional Learning Department wants to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multi-language learners. The first survey link below is for YOU! In addition, they'd like to hear from students about their learning experiences—could you find a few minutes for YOUR STUDENTS to take the second survey?

  • What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

    Wondering what has changed with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? Click the image below to download this document from the WIDA website.
    ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: What's New for 2017-2018?  

  • ACCESS – How long will training take?

    The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

    Assessment Time (approximate)
    Kindergarten 2 – 2.5 hours
    Alternate 1.5 – 2 hours
    Online (Grades 1-12) 2.5 – 3 hours
    Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing 2 – 2.5 hours
    Paper Speaking Scoring 1 – 3 hours


    Information from WIDA website

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages


    WIDA AMS New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over "Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

    Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

    You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

    There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

    The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

    • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
    • What's New This Year?
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

    View the Webinar Calendar here!

DLM

  • Updates
    • NEW - The next student upload is December 15th, 2017.
    • NEW - Students must be identified on the DLM Pre-ID in order for them to appear in Educator Portal.
    • Students not appearing in Educator Portal may be caused by:
      • 3rd grade is defaulted to PARCC and any student who needs to take DLM must be moved from the PARCC Pre-ID to the DLM Pre-ID.
      • Students were previously tested with PARCC or SAT. These students will need to be moved from the PARCC Pre-ID or SAT Pre-ID to DLM Pre-ID
      • Incorrect RCDTs for testing school
  • DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year
    • Required teacher training needs to be completed by February 14th, 2018.
    • Teachers who need accounts should contact their district test coordinator to create those accounts.
    • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
    • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
      • Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
      • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
      • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
      • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update.
  • Test Windows
    • 2017-2018 School year
      • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
      • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins

Accountability

  • NEWISBE Accountability Technical Advisory Committee Meeting – Dec. 18-19

    The ISBE Accountability TAC brings together experts and leaders with broad experience developing, implementing, and/or validating statewide school accountability systems. By design, the ISBE Accountability TAC includes professionals from Illinois and other states in order to provide both a local and national perspective.

    The central purpose of the TAC is to provide advice and recommendations to the State Board to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of Illinois’ ESSA accountability system. The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment will facilitate TAC meetings and produce meeting notes, as well as a produce a report documenting the work and recommendations of the TAC.

    The first meeting will be held on Dec. 18-19 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Individuals are invited to observe via a webinar or in person. If you wish to observe in person, please RSVP to acoffin@isbe.net to see if space is available. For more information, including a link to the live feed, please visit the Accountability TAC page.

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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment11/28/2017

PARCC

S​AT®

ISA

  • ISA Test Windows
    2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • WIDA AMS Test Setup Window

    The WIDA AMSTest Setup window for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will take place Friday, December 8th, 2017 through Friday, March 9th, 2018.

    During this window, you will have the ability to view students in the system as well as view and modify test sessions. If you are administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online, you must make sure your students are entered in the appropriate test sessions.

    Students for whom Pre-ID data was submitted will automatically be placed into generic test sessions based on grade cluster and domain. To view the Test Sessions windows, log in to WIDA AMS, then click on Test Management > Manage Test Sessions. You can view all the test sessions for a specific district or school. The window displays the status of the test session – Not Started, In Progress, or Completed.

    For detailed instructions on Test Setup, please refer to the WIDA online training course and/or the WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS) User Guide.

    Please contact DRC Customer Support with any questions at WIDA@DataRecognitionCorp.com or 1-855-787-9615.

  • ACCESS Online System Status Monitor

    Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service. Also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

    WIDA Sytem Status  

    To find it: Wida.us > ACCESS > Updates > "Monitor the Status..."
    WIDA Sytem Status  

  • Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

    The WIDA Professional Learning Department wants to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multi-language learners. The first survey link below is for YOU! In addition, they'd like to hear from students about their learning experiences—could you find a few minutes for YOUR STUDENTS to take the second survey?

  • What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

    Wondering what has changed with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? Click the image below to download this document from the WIDA website.
    ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: What's New for 2017-2018?  

  • ACCESS – How long will training take?

    The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

    Assessment Time (approximate)
    Kindergarten 2 – 2.5 hours
    Alternate 1.5 – 2 hours
    Online (Grades 1-12) 2.5 – 3 hours
    Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing 2 – 2.5 hours
    Paper Speaking Scoring 1 – 3 hours


    Information from WIDA website

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages


    WIDA AMS New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over "Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

    Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

    You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

    There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

    The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

    • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
    • What's New This Year?
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

    View the Webinar Calendar here!

DLM

  • Updates
    • The educator identifier for ALL users in Educator Portal is the user's email address.
    • NEW - The next student upload is December 1st, 2017.
    • Students not appearing in Educator Portal may be caused by:
      • 3rd grade is defaulted to PARCC and any student who needs to take DLM must be moved from the PARCC Pre-ID to the DLM Pre-ID.
      • Students were previously tested with PARCC or SAT. These students will need to be moved from the PARCC Pre-ID or SAT Pre-ID to DLM Pre-ID
      • Incorrect RCDTs for testing school
  • DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year
    • District staff should not be manually enrolling their students in Educator Portal.
    • Required teacher training needs to be completed by February 14th, 2018.
    • Teachers who need accounts should contact their district test coordinator to create those accounts.
    • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
    • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
      • Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
      • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
      • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
      • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update.
    • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email lquimby@isbe.net (Laura Quimby) to request access.
    • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. This is optional for districts to participate. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
    • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
    • A Facebook page has been created by the team that leads the professional development efforts for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (through the University of North Carolina). The new page allows educators to share resources and ask questions of other educators. The information on this page will help to support students who take the DLM Alternate Assessment. The page can be accessed by typing in the search box on Facebook:  DLM Instructional Supports.
  • Test Windows
    • 2017-2018 School year
      • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
      • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins

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647
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment11/21/2017

PARCC

S​AT®

ISA

  • ISA Test Windows
    2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - WIDA AMS Test Setup Window

    The WIDA AMSTest Setup window for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will take place Friday, December 8th, 2017 through Friday, March 9th, 2018.

    During this window, you will have the ability to view students in the system as well as view and modify test sessions. If you are administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online, you must make sure your students are entered in the appropriate test sessions.

    Students for whom Pre-ID data was submitted will automatically be placed into generic test sessions based on grade cluster and domain. To view the Test Sessions windows, log in to WIDA AMS, then click on Test Management > Manage Test Sessions. You can view all the test sessions for a specific district or school. The window displays the status of the test session – Not Started, In Progress, or Completed.

    For detailed instructions on Test Setup, please refer to the WIDA online training course and/or the WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS) User Guide.

    Please contact DRC Customer Support with any questions at WIDA@DataRecognitionCorp.com or 1-855-787-9615.

  • ACCESS Online Systems Status Page

    Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service. Also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

    WIDA Sytem Status 

    To find it: Wida.us > ACCESS > Updates > "Monitor the Status..."
    WIDA Sytem Status 

  • Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

    The WIDA Professional Learning Department wants to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multi-language learners. The first survey link below is for YOU! In addition, they'd like to hear from students about their learning experiences—could you find a few minutes for YOUR STUDENTS to take the second survey?

  • What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

    Wondering what has changed with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? We're happy to spell it out for you.
    Download this document from the WIDA website.
    ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: What's New for 2017-2018? 

  • ACCESS – How long will training take?

    The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

    Assessment Time (approximate)
    Kindergarten 2 – 2.5 hours
    Alternate 1.5 – 2 hours
    Online (Grades 1-12) 2.5 – 3 hours
    Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing 2 – 2.5 hours
    Paper Speaking Scoring 1 – 3 hours


    Information from WIDA website

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages


    WIDA AMS New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over "Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

    Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

    You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

    There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

    The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

    • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
    • What's New This Year?
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

    View the Webinar Calendar here!

DLM

  • Updates
    • NEW - The educator identifier for ALL users in Educator Portal is the user's email address.
    • NEW - Student uploads began on November 15th, 2017.
    • NEW - Students not appearing in Educator Portal may be caused by:
      • 3rd grade is defaulted to PARCC and any student who needs to take DLM must be moved from the PARCC Pre-ID to the DLM Pre-ID.
      • Students were previously tested with PARCC or SAT. These students will need to be moved from the PARCC Pre-ID or SAT Pre-ID to DLM Pre-ID
      • Incorrect RCDTs for testing school
  • DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year
    • District staff should not be manually enrolling their students in Educator Portal.
    • Required teacher training needs to be completed by February 14th, 2018.
    • Teachers who need accounts should contact their district test coordinator to create those accounts.
    • The educator identifier for users in Educator Portal is the user's email address.
    • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
    • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
      • Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
      • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
      • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
      • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update.
    • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email lquimby@isbe.net (Laura Quimby) to request access.
    • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. This is optional for districts to participate. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
    • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
    • A Facebook page has been created by the team that leads the professional development efforts for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (through the University of North Carolina). The new page allows educators to share resources and ask questions of other educators. The information on this page will help to support students who take the DLM Alternate Assessment. The page can be accessed by typing in the search box on Facebook:  DLM Instructional Supports.
  • Test Windows
    • 2017-2018 School year
      • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
      • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
NoAssessment and Accountability
646
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment11/14/2017

PARCC

  • NEW - Paper Administration Survey

    If a school (or specific grade(s)) within your district wants to administer the PARCC assessment with paper tests, please complete this survey.

    Currently all districts and schools are listed in SIS as testing online. ISBE staff will need to change schools (or grades) to testing with paper tests. The switch cannot be made until the survey has been completed. The purpose of the survey is to assess districts and schools in their ability to deliver and administer the state assessment using the online format.

    The deadline to complete the survey is December 15th.

  • NEW - PARCC Administrative Bulletin
  • Please identify any students that need a braille form of the assessment, in SIS, by December 22nd.
  • iPad Update

    Pearson has announced support for iOS 11.1. This version corrects the security issue in earlier versions of iOS 11. School staff using iOS 11.0.x should plan to update to version 11.1 as soon as possible. Because of the security issue, Pearson will block iPads using iOS 11.0.x from running on TestNav.

    Pearson will support iOS versions 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.3.1 - 10.3.3, and 11.1 for PARCC testing in spring of 2018.

  • As a reminder, review the latest Pearson supported versions of operating systems
  • PARCC Training Site - Opens November 1st
  • Web address for PARCC web site
  • 2018 Spring – Unit Testing Times
  • 2018 PARCC Test Window
    • March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018
  • Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0
  • The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted
  • What’s New in the 6th Edition is posted
  • PARCC/Pearson Home Page
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

S​AT®

ISA

  • ISA Test Windows
    2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • ACCESS Materials Ordering Now Through November 17th
    The WIDA AMS website is now taking orders for SY18 ACCESS materials. It also is collecting counts of students who will test online. This helps DRC plan for resource demand. The due date for material orders is November 17th, 2017.  Recorded Webinar: Pre-Testing: Ordering Materials
  • ACCESS Pre-ID Due Date is November 17th
    ISBE will send ACCESS Pre-ID data to DRC on November 17th. Changes to student information in SIS and WIDA AMS after November 17th, 2017 will not be reflected on the ACCESS Pre-ID labels that are mailed to districts and schools.
  • ACCESS Online Systems Status Page

    Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service. Also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

    WIDA Sytem Status  

    To find it: Wida.us > ACCESS > Updates > "Monitor the Status..."
    WIDA Sytem Status  

  • Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

    The WIDA Professional Learning Department wants to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multi-language learners. The first survey link below is for YOU! In addition, they'd like to hear from students about their learning experiences—could you find a few minutes for YOUR STUDENTS to take the second survey?

  • What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

    Wondering what has changed with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? We're happy to spell it out for you.
    Download this document from the WIDA website.
    ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: What's New for 2017-2018?  

  • ACCESS – How long will training take?

    The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

    Assessment Time (approximate)
    Kindergarten 2 – 2.5 hours
    Alternate 1.5 – 2 hours
    Online (Grades 1-12) 2.5 – 3 hours
    Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing 2 – 2.5 hours
    Paper Speaking Scoring 1 – 3 hours


    Information from WIDA website

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages


    WIDA AMS New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over "Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

    Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

    You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

    There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

    The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

    • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
    • What's New This Year?
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

    View the Webinar Calendar here!

DLM

  • DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year
    • District staff should not be manually enrolling their students in Educator Portal.
    • Required teacher training needs to be completed by February 14th, 2018.
    • Teachers who need accounts should contact their district test coordinator to create those accounts.
    • The educator identifier for users in Educator Portal is the user's email address.
    • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
    • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
    • Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
    • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
    • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
    • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update.
    • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email lquimby@isbe.net (Laura Quimby) to request access.
    • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. This is optional for districts to participate. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
    • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
    • A Facebook page has been created by the team that leads the professional development efforts for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (through the University of North Carolina). The new page allows educators to share resources and ask questions of other educators. The information on this page will help to support students who take the DLM Alternate Assessment. The page can be accessed by typing in the search box on Facebook:  DLM Instructional Supports.
  • Test Windows
    • 2017-2018 School year
      • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
      • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment11/7/2017

PARCC

  • NEW - Paper Administration Survey

    If a school (or specific grade(s)) within your district wants to administer the PARCC assessment with paper tests, please complete this survey.

    Currently all districts and schools are listed in SIS as testing online. ISBE staff will need to change schools (or grades) to testing with paper tests. The switch cannot be made until the survey has been completed. The purpose of the survey is to assess districts and schools in their ability to deliver and administer the state assessment using the online format. If you have students with special needs that require the paper format, and these students are the only students in the school or district using the paper format, you do not need to complete the survey.

  • NEW - Please identify any students that need a braille form of the assessment, in SIS, by December 22nd.
  • NEW - iPad Update

    Pearson has announced support for iOS 11.1. This version corrects the security issue in earlier versions of iOS 11. School staff using iOS 11.0.x should plan to update to version 11.1 as soon as possible. Because of the security issue, Pearson will block iPads using iOS 11.0.x from running on TestNav.

    Pearson will support iOS versions 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.3.1 - 10.3.3, and 11.1 for PARCC testing in spring of 2018.

  • NEW - As a reminder, review the latest Pearson supported versions of operating systems
  • PARCC Training Site - Opens November 1st
  • Web address for PARCC web site
  • 2018 Spring – Unit Testing Times
  • 2018 PARCC Test Window
    • March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018
  • Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0
  • The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted
  • What’s New in the 6th Edition is posted
  • PARCC/Pearson Home Page
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

S​AT®

NEW - November 14th, 2017: SAT® Overview Webinars (Attendance is optional.)

SAT® Performance Levels are now posted in ISBE’s Student Information System (SIS). See attached PDF for details.

Establishment Survey

In order to receive SAT® test materials and test students, school administrators should have completed an email survey sent from College Board to establish their school as an SAT® test center. Check junk email folder or write to
assessment@isbe.net if you did not receive the survey link.

IMPORTANT!  Home school districts should coordinate now with any serving schools they send students to for services and determine the appropriate testing school. Serving schools must establish as an SAT®test center in order to receive SAT®​materials and test students.

Please see the below links for new materials that have been posted on the
Assessment SAT® webpage regarding the new Illinois SAT® Performance Levels approved at the October State Board of Education meeting.

Statewide SAT Performance Levels FAQ for School and District Administrators

If you have any questions, please email assessment@isbe.net.

SAT® Implementation Workshops (attendance is optional)

The College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education are excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes for the ISBE Sponsored SAT® exam to take place on April 10th, 2018. Included in the workshops will be updates and changes for the 2018 administration, review of SSD accommodations and updates, test day information and planning, review of upcoming dates and materials and updates on Khan Academy, the official SAT® practice tool for students including new essay practice and new coaching tools for educators.

The workshops will also cover information on the ISBE decision to reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one (1) administration per student of PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10.

Register Here for the SAT® Implementation Workshops

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 24th, 2018

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

NEW - ACCESS Materials Ordering Now Through November 17th

The WIDA AMS website is now taking orders for SY18 ACCESS materials. It also is collecting counts of students who will test online. This helps DRC plan for resource demand. The due date for material orders is November 17th, 2017.

NEW - ACCESS Pre-ID Due Date is November 17th

ISBE will send ACCESS Pre-ID data to DRC on November 17th. Changes to student information in SIS and WIDA AMS after November 17th, 2017 will not be reflected on the ACCESS Pre-ID labels that are mailed to districts and schools.

ACCESS Online Systems Status Page

Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service. Also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.


WIDA Sytem Status 

To find it: Wida.us > ACCESS > Updates > "Monitor the Status..."
WIDA Sytem Status 

Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

The WIDA Professional Learning Department wants to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multi-language learners. The first survey link below is for YOU! In addition, they'd like to hear from students about their learning experiences—could you find a few minutes for YOUR STUDENTS to take the second survey?

WIDA Client Services Center Extended Hours

The WIDA Client Services Center offers extended operating hours beginning on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

  • 7am-7pm CT
  • The new hours for Friday will be: 7am-5pm CT
  • Expanded Client Services Center hours continue through Friday, March 30, 2018.

What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

Wondering what has changed with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? We're happy to spell it out for you.
Download this document from the WIDA website.


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: What's New for 2017-2018? 

ACCESS – How long will training take?

The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

AssessmentTime (approximate)
Kindergarten2 – 2.5 hours
Alternate1.5 – 2 hours
Online (Grades 1-12)2.5 – 3 hours
Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing2 – 2.5 hours
Paper Speaking Scoring1 – 3 hours

Information from
WIDA website

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages


WIDA AMSNew this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS:
AMS. You can access it by hovering over “Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

Additionally, the
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated “Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

You will also notice a new tab called
Preparing Students on the
ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There is now a Technology User Guide located on the
Technology tab of the
ACCESS 2.0 page.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: Let’s Get Going!

WIDA is working on some new strategies for providing simple, clear guidance using social media-friendly and easily shared graphics. The
Let’s Get Going graphic gives a quick-reference summary of ACCESS 2.0 preparation.


Access-Let's get going 

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars


The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators


View the Webinar Calendar here!

DLM

  • Student uploads will begin November 10th, 2017.  Until that time, district staff should not be manually enrolling their students in Educator Portal.
  • Required teacher training needs to be completed by February 14th, 2018.
  • Teachers who need accounts should contact their district test coordinator to create those accounts.
  • NEW - The educator identifier for users in Educator Portal is the user's email address.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the
    KITE Suite heading.
  • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
    • ​Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
    • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
    • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
    • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update. ​
  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email
    Laura Quimby to request access.
  • DLM required training is available for teachers to complete prior to the testing window.
  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • A Facebook page has been created by the team that leads the professional development efforts for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (through the University of North Carolina). The new page allows educators to share resources and ask questions of other educators. The information on this page will help to support students who take the DLM Alternate Assessment. The page can be accessed by typing in the search box on Facebook: DLM Instructional Supports.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins

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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment10/31/2017

PARCC

S​AT®

NEW - SAT® Performance Levels are now posted in ISBE’s Student Information System (SIS). See attached PDF for details.

Establishment Survey

In order to receive SAT® test materials and test students, school administrators should have completed an email survey sent from College Board to establish their school as an SAT test center. Check junk email folder or write to assessment@isbe.net if you did not receive the survey link.

IMPORTANT!  Home school districts should coordinate now with any serving schools they send students to for services and determine the appropriate testing school. Serving schools must establish as an SAT®test center in order to receive SAT®​materials and test students.

Please see the below links for new materials that have been posted on the Assessment SAT® webpage regarding the new Illinois SAT® Performance Levels approved at the October State Board of Education meeting.

Statewide SAT Performance Levels FAQ for School and District Administrators

If you have any questions, please email assessment@isbe.net.

SAT® Implementation Workshops (attendance is optional)

The College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education are excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes for the ISBE Sponsored SAT® exam to take place on April 10th, 2018. Included in the workshops will be updates and changes for the 2018 administration, review of SSD accommodations and updates, test day information and planning, review of upcoming dates and materials and updates on Khan Academy, the official SAT® practice tool for students including new essay practice and new coaching tools for educators.

The workshops will also cover information on the ISBE decision to reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one (1) administration per student of PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10.

Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the SAT® Implementation Workshops

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 24th, 2018

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

ACCESS Online Systems Status Page

Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service. Also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

WIDA Sytem Status 

To find it: Wida.us > ACCESS > Updates > "Monitor the Status..." WIDA Sytem Status 

Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

The WIDA Professional Learning Department wants to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multi-language learners. The first survey link below is for YOU! In addition, they'd like to hear from students about their learning experiences—could you find a few minutes for YOUR STUDENTS to take the second survey?

WIDA Client Services Center Extended Hours

The WIDA Client Services Center offers extended operating hours beginning on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

  • 7am-7pm CT
  • The new hours for Friday will be: 7am-5pm CT
  • Expanded Client Services Center hours continue through Friday, March 30, 2018.

What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

Wondering what has changed with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? We're happy to spell it out for you. Download this document from the WIDA website.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: What's New for 2017-2018? 

ACCESS – How long will training take?

The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

AssessmentTime (approximate)
Kindergarten2 – 2.5 hours
Alternate1.5 – 2 hours
Online (Grades 1-12)2.5 – 3 hours
Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing2 – 2.5 hours
Paper Speaking Scoring1 – 3 hours

Information from WIDA website

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages

WIDA AMSNew this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over “Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated “Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: Let’s Get Going!

WIDA is working on some new strategies for providing simple, clear guidance using social media-friendly and easily shared graphics. The Let’s Get Going graphic gives a quick-reference summary of ACCESS 2.0 preparation.

Access-Let's get going 

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

DLM

NE​W - Student uploads will begin November 10th, 2017. Until that time, district staff should not be manually enrolling their students in Educator Portal.

NEW - Required teacher training needs to be completed by February 14th, 2018.

NEW - Teachers who need accounts should contact their district test coordinator to create those accounts.

NEW - The proctor role is not a valid role in Educator Portal for Illinois teachers.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
  • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
    • ​Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
    • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
    • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
    • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update. ​
  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email Laura Quimby to request access.
  • DLM required training is available for teachers to complete prior to the testing window.
  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • A Facebook page has been created by the team that leads the professional development efforts for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (through the University of North Carolina). The new page allows educators to share resources and ask questions of other educators. The information on this page will help to support students who take the DLM Alternate Assessment. The page can be accessed by typing in the search box on Facebook: DLM Instructional Supports.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins

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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment10/24/2017

PARCC

S​AT®

NEW - Establishment Survey

In order to receive SAT® test materials and test students, school administrators must complete a survey from College Board to establish their school as an SAT® test center. The timeline for different types of schools is below:

  • Public Home School Districts
    • Email was sent to principals on 10/11/17.
    • Survey was due by 10/20/17.
    • Check junk email folder or write to assessment@isbe.net if you did not receive the survey link.
  • Serving School Districts
    • Email was sent to principals on 10/16/17.
    • Survey is due by 10/25/17.
    • Check junk email folder or write to assessment@isbe.net if you did not receive the survey link.
  • City of Chicago District 299
    • Email was sent to principals on 10/20/17.
    • Survey is due by 10/26/17.
    • Check junk email folder or write to assessment@isbe.net if you did not receive the survey link.

IMPORTANT!  Home school districts should coordinate now with any serving schools they send students to for services and determine the appropriate testing school. Serving schools must establish as an SAT®test center in order to receive SAT®​materials and test students.

NEW - Please see the below links for new materials that have been posted on the Assessment SAT® webpage regarding the new Illinois SAT® Performance Levels approved at the October State Board of Education meeting today.

Statewide SAT Performance Levels FAQ for School and District Administrators

If you have any questions, please email assessment@isbe.net.

SAT® Implementation Workshops

The College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education are excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes for the ISBE Sponsored SAT® exam to take place on April 10th, 2018. Included in the workshops will be updates and changes for the 2018 administration, review of SSD accommodations and updates, test day information and planning, review of upcoming dates and materials and updates on Khan Academy, the official SAT® practice tool for students including new essay practice and new coaching tools for educators.

The workshops will also cover information on the ISBE decision to reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one (1) administration per student of PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10.

Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the SAT® Implementation Workshops

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 24th, 2018

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results.

The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter. 

Corrections

2016 final data collection has closed. The 2017 data remain open and edits are still accepted. You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform (go to: IWAS, System Listing. Assessments). At this point, the system will remain open until we begin to calculate accountability.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing - Assessments.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.​

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.​

​June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Access

ACCESS Online Systems Status Page

WIDA staff has created a web page where you can check the operational status of DRC’s online systems. Look for this link in the lower left corner of the WIDA home page. On this status page, you may also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service. Alsd subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

WIDA Sytem Status 

To find it: Wida.us > ACCESS > Updates > "Monitor the Status..." WIDA Sytem Status 

Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

The WIDA Professional Learning Department wants to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multi-language learners. The first survey link below is for YOU! In addition, they'd like to hear from students about their learning experiences—could you find a few minutes for YOUR STUDENTS to take the second survey?

WIDA Client Services Center Extended Hours

The WIDA Client Services Center offers extended operating hours beginning on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

  • The new hours for Monday - Thursday will be: 7am-7pm CT
  • The new hours for Friday will be: 7am-5pm CT
  • Expanded Client Services Center hours continue through Friday, March 30, 2018.

What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

Wondering what has changed with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? We're happy to spell it out for you. Download this document from the WIDA website.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: What's New for 2017-2018? 

NEW – ACCESS – How long will training take?

The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

AssessmentTime (approximate)
Kindergarten2 – 2.5 hours
Alternate1.5 – 2 hours
Online (Grades 1-12)2.5 – 3 hours
Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing2 – 2.5 hours
Paper Speaking Scoring1 – 3 hours

Information from WIDA website

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages

WIDA AMSNew this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over “Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated “Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: Let’s Get Going!

WIDA is working on some new strategies for providing simple, clear guidance using social media-friendly and easily shared graphics. The Let’s Get Going graphic gives a quick-reference summary of ACCESS 2.0 preparation.

Access-Let's get going 

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

DLM

A Facebook page has been created by the team that leads the professional development efforts for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (through the University of North Carolina). The new page allows educators to share resources and ask questions of other educators. The information on this page will help to support students who take the DLM Alternate Assessment. The page can be accessed by typing in the search box on Facebook: DLM Instructional Supports.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
  • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
    • ​Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
    • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
    • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
    • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update. ​
  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email Laura Quimby to request access.
  • DLM required training is available for teachers to complete prior to the testing window.
  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
NoAssessment and Accountability
642
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment10/17/2017

PARCC

NEW - Release of New Items - PARCC will release additional items in early December.

NEW - PARCC Training Site - Opens November 1st

Web address for PARCC web site

2018 Spring – Unit Testing Times

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted

What’s New in the 6th Edition is posted

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)
1-888-493-9888

S​AT®

NEW - Establishment Survey

In order to receive SAT® test materials and test students, school administrators must complete a survey from College Board to establish their school as an SAT test center. The timeline for different types of schools is below:

  • Public Home School Districts
    • Public Districts (A-L): Email sent 10/11/17; survey due by 10/20/17 email assessment@isbe.net if you did not receive the survey link
    • Public Districts (M-Z): Email sent 10/11/17; survey due by 10/20/17 email assessment@isbe.net if you did not receive the survey link
  • Serving Districts/Schools:
    • Email sent 10/16/17; survey due by 10/25/17 email assessment@isbe.net if you did not receive the survey link
  • City of Chicago District 299: Email not yet sent

IMPORTANT!

Home school districts should coordinate now with any serving schools they send students to for services and determine the appropriate testing school. Serving schools must establish as an SAT®test center in order to receive SAT®​materials and test students.

SAT® Implementation Workshops

The College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education are excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes for the ISBE Sponsored SAT® exam to take place on April 10th, 2018. Included in the workshops will be updates and changes for the 2018 administration, review of SSD accommodations and updates, test day information and planning, review of upcoming dates and materials and updates on Khan Academy, the official SAT® practice tool for students including new essay practice and new coaching tools for educators.

The workshops will also cover information on the ISBE decision to reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one (1) administration per student of PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10.

Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the SAT® Implementation Workshops

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 24th, 2018

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results.

The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter. 

Corrections

2016 final data collection has closed. The 2017 data remain open and edits are still accepted. You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform (go to: IWAS, System Listing. Assessments). At this point, the system will remain open until we begin to calculate accountability.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing - Assessments.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.​

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.​

​June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Access

ACCESS Online Systems Status Page

WIDA staff has created a web page where you can check the operational status of DRC’s online systems. Look for this link in the lower left corner of the WIDA home page. On this status page, you may also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service. Alsd subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

WIDA Sytem Status 

To find it: Wida.us > ACCESS > Updates > "Monitor the Status..." WIDA Sytem Status 

Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

The WIDA Professional Learning Department wants to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multi-language learners. The first survey link below is for YOU! In addition, they'd like to hear from students about their learning experiences—could you find a few minutes for YOUR STUDENTS to take the second survey?

Teacher Practices Survey

Student Experience Survey 

WIDA Client Services Center Extended Hours

The WIDA Client Services Center offers extended operating hours beginning on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
 
The new hours for Monday - Thursday will be: 7am-7pm CT

The new hours for Friday will be: 7am-5pm CT

Expanded Client Services Center hours continue through Friday, March 30, 2018.

 

What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

Wondering what has changed with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? We're happy to spell it out for you. Click the image below to download this document from the WIDA website.

NEW – ACCESS – How long will training take?

The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

AssessmentTime (approximate)
Kindergarten2 – 2.5 hours
Alternate1.5 – 2 hours
Online (Grades 1-12)2.5 – 3 hours
Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing2 – 2.5 hours
Paper Speaking Scoring1 – 3 hours

Information from WIDA website

WIDA AMSACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages

New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over “Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated “Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

Access-Let's get goingACCESS for ELLs 2.0: Let’s Get Going!

WIDA is working on some new strategies for providing simple, clear guidance using social media-friendly and easily shared graphics. The Let’s Get Going graphic gives a quick-reference summary of ACCESS 2.0 preparation.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

DLM

NEW - A Facebook page has been created by the team that leads the professional development efforts for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (through the University of North Carolina). The new page allows educators to share resources and ask questions of other educators. The information on this page will help to support students who take the DLM Alternate Assessment. The page can be accessed by typing in the search box on Facebook: DLM Instructional Supports.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
  • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
    • ​Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
    • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
    • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
    • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update. ​
  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email Laura Quimby to request access.
  • DLM required training is available for teachers to complete prior to the testing window.
  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins

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Assessment10/11/2017

PARCC

NEWWeb address for PARCC web site

2018 Spring – Unit Testing Times

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted

What’s New in the AFA Manual 6th Edition is posted

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)
1-888-493-9888

S​AT®

2017-2018 PSAT Reimbursement for Grades 9 & 10

This live webinar will provide information on how schools and districts can take advantage of the opportunity to offer PSAT at grades 9 and 10 to their students. It will include information on eligibility, placing orders, the reimbursement process, as well as opportunities for face to face training by the College Board. Questions will be answered, and the session will be recorded for future reference.

This webinar occurs twice on October 12th, 2017 – 9-10 am & 3-4 pm.

Please register for the date and time that works best for you.

Register now for the 2017-2018 PSAT Reimbursement for Grades 9 & 10 webinar!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements

SAT® Implementation Workshops

The College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education are excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes for the ISBE Sponsored SAT® exam to take place on April 10th, 2018. Included in the workshops will be updates and changes for the 2018 administration, review of SSD accommodations and updates, test day information and planning, review of upcoming dates and materials and updates on Khan Academy, the official SAT® practice tool for students including new essay practice and new coaching tools for educators.

The workshops will also cover information on the ISBE decision to reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one (1) administration per student of PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10.

Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the SAT® Implementation Workshops

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 24th, 2018

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results.

The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter. 

Corrections

2016 final data collection has closed. The 2017 data remain open and edits are still accepted. You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform (go to: IWAS, System Listing. Assessments). At this point, the system will remain open until we begin to calculate accountability.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing - Assessments.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.​

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.​

​June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Access

WIDA Conference - See You Next Week in Tampa!WIDA Conferenceprogram cover below. You can also register directly by clicking on the Register for the WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Register Now! button.

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Program​​ 

Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

The WIDA Professional Learning Department wants to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multi-language learners. The first survey link below is for YOU! In addition, they'd like to hear from students about their learning experiences—could you find a few minutes for YOUR STUDENTS to take the second survey?

Teacher Practices Survey

Student Experience Survey 

WIDA Client Services Center Extended Hours

The WIDA Client Services Center offers extended operating hours beginning on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
 
The new hours for Monday - Thursday will be: 7am-7pm CT

The new hours for Friday will be: 7am-5pm CT

Expanded Client Services Center hours continue through Friday, March 30, 2018.

 

What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

Wondering what has changed with ACCESS for ELLs 2.0? We're happy to spell it out for you. Click the image below to download this document from the WIDA website.

WIDA What's New NEW – ACCESS Online Systems Status Page

WIDA staff has created a web page where you can check the operational status of DRC’s online systems. Look for this link in the lower left corner of the WIDA home page. On this status page, you may also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service.

WIDA Sytem Status 

NEW – ACCESS – How long will training take?

The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

AssessmentTime (approximate)
Kindergarten2 – 2.5 hours
Alternate1.5 – 2 hours
Online (Grades 1-12)2.5 – 3 hours
Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing2 – 2.5 hours
Paper Speaking Scoring1 – 3 hours

Information from WIDA website

WIDA AMSACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages

New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over “Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated “Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

Access-Let's get goingACCESS for ELLs 2.0: Let’s Get Going!

WIDA is working on some new strategies for providing simple, clear guidance using social media-friendly and easily shared graphics. The Let’s Get Going graphic gives a quick-reference summary of ACCESS 2.0 preparation.

ACCESS Testing Window Selection Now in SIS

Log in to SIS, go to Assessment Pre-ID > ACCESS, and select a school. Use the “Testing Window” menu to select the desired window. A check box is available to indicate that this choice applies to all schools in the district.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

DLM

2017-2018 Updates

  • NE​W - As a DLM partner state, we have the opportunity to recruit educators to serve on one of three panels that will help with rating student writing products:
    • Elementary (grades 3-5)
    • Middle school (grades 6-8)
    • High school (grades 9-12)
    • DLM staff wants to invite volunteers from Illinois to serve on these DLM writing rater panels. DLM staff seek a diverse set of educators who have administered at least one writing testlet themselves in the past year, particularly those individuals with content expertise in English language arts and in education and assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. All volunteers must have previously administered a DLM writing testlet in 2016–2017 or earlier.
    • Selected raters will be asked to evaluate small bundles of student writing products from October 16th–30th, 2017. Assignments and materials will be delivered to raters electronically, and ratings will be submitted electronically as well. Raters will likely spend 3–5 hours on the task. Raters must indicate their ability to complete the assignment during the rating period and confirm they have access to a computer with internet access in order to complete the ratings.
    • To be considered, volunteers must complete a . The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017. DLM staff will notify volunteers who are selected to serve on panels by Friday, October 13th, 2017.
    • Questions about the writing product rating process should be directed to dlm@ku.edu
  • Kite Client needs to be updated to KITE Client 5.0 for 2017-18.
  • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
  • NEW - Shortly after the release of KITE Client 5.0, Apple updated their operating system making it necessary for KITE Client users to complete a manual update.
    • ​For users who have KITE Client installed and have upgraded to macOS 10.13.0, uninstall and reinstall KITE Client using these Mac instructions and the installer available on the KITE Suite webpage.​
    • At this time, Apple is working to correct a display issue, also unique to the macOS 10.13.0 system. A workaround is included in the Mac instructions
    • Devices that are not updated will not be able to run KITE Client. No other operating systems are affected. Educator Portal is not affected.
  • NEW - 76 out of 6,395 teachers have completed the required training. Teachers need to have the required training completed before March 13th, 2018.​

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
  • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
    • ​Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
    • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
    • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
    • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update. ​
  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email Laura Quimby to request access.
  • DLM required training is available for teachers to complete prior to the testing window.
  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins





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Assessment10/2/2017

PARCC

NEWWeb address for PARCC web site

2018 Spring – Unit Testing Times

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted

What’s New in the AFA Manual 6th Edition is posted

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)
1-888-493-9888

S​AT®

2017-2018 PSAT Reimbursement for Grades 9 & 10

This live webinar will provide information on how schools and districts can take advantage of the opportunity to offer PSAT at grades 9 and 10 to their students. It will include information on eligibility, placing orders, the reimbursement process, as well as opportunities for face to face training by the College Board. Questions will be answered, and the session will be recorded for future reference.

This webinar occurs twice on October 12th, 2017 – 9-10 am & 3-4 pm.

Please register for the date and time that works best for you.

Register now for the 2017-2018 PSAT Reimbursement for Grades 9 & 10 webinar!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements

Official SAT® Practice in Khan Academy

A new feature this year is the addition of coaching tools that allow teachers and staff to monitor students’ skill progression. College Board will host two daily Webinars, October 2nd – 6th. The first Webinar will be from 9-10 am CT, and the second will be from 3-4 pm CT. The same Webinar will be offered both times each day and throughout the week. Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the Official SAT® Practice in Khan Academy webinar

SAT® Implementation Workshops

The College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education are excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes for the ISBE Sponsored SAT® exam to take place on April 10th, 2018. Included in the workshops will be updates and changes for the 2018 administration, review of SSD accommodations and updates, test day information and planning, review of upcoming dates and materials and updates on Khan Academy, the official SAT® practice tool for students including new essay practice and new coaching tools for educators.

The workshops will also cover information on the ISBE decision to reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one (1) administration per student of PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10.

Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the SAT® Implementation Workshops

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 24th, 2018

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results.

The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter. 

Corrections

2016 final data collection has closed. The 2017 data remain open and edits are still accepted. You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform (go to: IWAS, System Listing. Assessments). At this point, the system will remain open until we begin to calculate accountability.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing - Assessments.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.​

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.​

​June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Access

NEW – ACCESS Online Systems Status Page

WIDA staff has created a web page where you can check the operational status of DRC’s online systems. Look for this link in the lower left corner of the WIDA home page. On this status page, you may also subscribe to receive an email alert, in the event of an outage.

Monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and customer service.

WIDA Sytem Status 

NEW – ACCESS – How long will training take?

The time it takes to complete the tutorials varies, as the training is self-paced and depends on the assessment(s) administered. Times listed below are approximate.

AssessmentTime (approximate)
Kindergarten2 – 2.5 hours
Alternate1.5 – 2 hours
Online (Grades 1-12)2.5 – 3 hours
Paper (Grades 1-12) Listening, Reading, & Writing2 – 2.5 hours
Paper Speaking Scoring1 – 3 hours

Information from WIDA website

WIDA AMSACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages

New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over “Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated “Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

Access-Let's get goingACCESS for ELLs 2.0: Let’s Get Going!

WIDA is working on some new strategies for providing simple, clear guidance using social media-friendly and easily shared graphics. The Let’s Get Going graphic gives a quick-reference summary of ACCESS 2.0 preparation.

ACCESS Testing Window Selection Now in SIS

Log in to SIS, go to Assessment Pre-ID > ACCESS, and select a school. Use the “Testing Window” menu to select the desired window. A check box is available to indicate that this choice applies to all schools in the district.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The EL placement criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 31st, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store, WIDA Store.

Important Details Regarding the WIDA Screener

  • The online version functions similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.
  • The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.
  • WIDA AMS is not pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.
  • For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district’s choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.
  • Training for the WIDA Screener is available. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student  

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

DLM

2017-2018 Updates

  • NEW - As a DLM partner state, we have the opportunity to recruit educators to serve on one of three panels that will help with rating student writing products:
    • Elementary (grades 3-5)
    • Middle school (grades 6-8)
    • High school (grades 9-12)
    • DLM staff wants to invite volunteers from Illinois to serve on these DLM writing rater panels. DLM staff seek a diverse set of educators who have administered at least one writing testlet themselves in the past year, particularly those individuals with content expertise in English language arts and in education and assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. All volunteers must have previously administered a DLM writing testlet in 2016–2017 or earlier.
    • Selected raters will be asked to evaluate small bundles of student writing products from October 16th–30th, 2017. Assignments and materials will be delivered to raters electronically, and ratings will be submitted electronically as well. Raters will likely spend 3–5 hours on the task. Raters must indicate their ability to complete the assignment during the rating period and confirm they have access to a computer with internet access in order to complete the ratings.
    • To be considered, volunteers must complete a . The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, October 11th, 2017. DLM staff will notify volunteers who are selected to serve on panels by Friday, October 13th, 2017.
    • Questions about the writing product rating process should be directed to dlm@ku.edu
  • Kite Client needs to be updated to KITE Client 5.0 for 2017-18.
  • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access will need to email lquimby@isbe.net to request access.
  • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
    • Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
    • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
    • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
    • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email Laura Quimby to request access.
  • DLM required training is available for teachers to complete prior to the testing window.
  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • Illinois does not allow users to have the Proctor role for DLM.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins
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assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment9/26/2017

PARCC

NEWWeb address for PARCC web site

2018 Spring – Unit Testing Times

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted

What’s New in the AFA Manual 6th Edition is posted

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)
1-888-493-9888

S​AT®

2017-2018 PSAT Reimbursement for Grades 9 & 10

This live webinar will provide information on how schools and districts can take advantage of the opportunity to offer PSAT at grades 9 and 10 to their students. It will include information on eligibility, placing orders, the reimbursement process, as well as opportunities for face to face training by the College Board. Questions will be answered, and the session will be recorded for future reference.

This webinar occurs twice on October 12, 2017 – 9-10 am & 3-4 pm.

Please register for the date and time that works best for you.

Register now for the 2017-2018 PSAT Reimbursement for Grades 9 & 10 webinar!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements

Official SAT® Practice in Khan Academy

A new feature this year is the addition of coaching tools that allow teachers and staff to monitor students’ skill progression. College Board will host two daily Webinars, October 2nd – 6th. The first Webinar will be from 9-10 am CT, and the second will be from 3-4 pm CT. The same Webinar will be offered both times each day and throughout the week. Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the Official SAT® Practice in Khan Academy webinar

SAT® Implementation Workshops

The College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education are excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes for the ISBE Sponsored SAT® exam to take place on April 10th, 2018. Included in the workshops will be updates and changes for the 2018 administration, review of SSD accommodations and updates, test day information and planning, review of upcoming dates and materials and updates on Khan Academy, the official SAT® practice tool for students including new essay practice and new coaching tools for educators.

The workshops will also cover information on the ISBE decision to reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one (1) administration per student of PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10.

Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the SAT® Implementation Workshops

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 24th, 2018

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results.

The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter. 

Corrections

2016 final data collection has closed. The 2017 data remain open and edits are still accepted. You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform (go to: IWAS, System Listing. Assessments). At this point, the system will remain open until we begin to calculate accountability.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing - Assessments.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.​

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.​

​June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Access

WIDA AMSACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages

New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over “Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated “Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

Access-Let's get goingACCESS for ELLs 2.0: Let’s Get Going!

WIDA is working on some new strategies for providing simple, clear guidance using social media-friendly and easily shared graphics. The Let’s Get Going graphic gives a quick-reference summary of ACCESS 2.0 preparation.

ACCESS Testing Window Selection Now in SIS

Log in to SIS, go to Assessment Pre-ID > ACCESS, and select a school. Use the “Testing Window” menu to select the desired window. A check box is available to indicate that this choice applies to all schools in the district.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The EL placement criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 31st, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store, WIDA Store.

Important Details Regarding the WIDA Screener

  • The online version functions similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.
  • The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.
  • WIDA AMS is not pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.
  • For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district’s choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.
  • Training for the WIDA Screener is available. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student  

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

DLM

2017-2018 Updates

  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access will need to email lquimby@isbe.net (Laura Quimby) to request access.
  • DLM required training is available for teachers to complete prior to the testing window.
  • Kite Client needs to be updated to KITE Client 5.0 for 2017-18.
  • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access will need to email lquimby@isbe.net to request access.
  • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
    • Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
    • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
    • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
    • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • Illinois does not allow users to have the Proctor role for DLM.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins

NoAssessment and Accountability
638
  
assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment9/19/2017

PARCC

2018 Spring – Unit Testing Times

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted

What’s New in the AFA Manual 6th Edition is posted

Individual Student Reports (ISRs – paper report) should have arrived in school districts. If you have not received the material, please contact Pearson Customer Support (1-888-493-9888) Remember, Pearson only produces one copy of the report (one for math, one for ELA).

SIS, Error Code 1, Student Scores are Expected but Missing

In SIS, there are still a number of students who are missing score data. For students with missing score data, a number 1 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC AC Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

SIS, Error Code 2, Student Grade/Test Mismatch

In SIS, there are still a number of students with a grade/test mismatch. The grade listed in SIS for a student does not match the grade of the test the student took. For students with a grade/test mismatch, a number 2 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC AC Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

Pearson has placed a number of summary reports from the 2017 administration in PAN under the Published Report tab. Among the most recent reports made available are the Evidence Statement Analysis Reports.

The PARCC Spring 2017, PLS, ES, & CSR, Interpretation Guide is posted

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)
1-888-493-9888

S​AT®

2017-2018 PSAT Reimbursement for Grades 9 & 10

This live webinar will provide information on how schools and districts can take advantage of the opportunity to offer PSAT at grades 9 and 10 to their students. It will include information on eligibility, placing orders, the reimbursement process, as well as opportunities for face to face training by the College Board. Questions will be answered, and the session will be recorded for future reference.

This webinar occurs twice on October 12, 2017 – 9-10 am & 3-4 pm.

Please register for the date and time that works best for you.

Register now for the 2017-2018 PSAT Reimbursement for Grades 9 & 10 webinar!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements

Official SAT® Practice in Khan Academy

A new feature this year is the addition of coaching tools that allow teachers and staff to monitor students’ skill progression. College Board will host two daily Webinars, October 2nd – 6th. The first Webinar will be from 9-10 am CT, and the second will be from 3-4 pm CT. The same Webinar will be offered both times each day and throughout the week. Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the Official SAT® Practice in Khan Academy webinar

SAT® Implementation Workshops

The College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education are excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes for the ISBE Sponsored SAT® exam to take place on April 10th, 2018. Included in the workshops will be updates and changes for the 2018 administration, review of SSD accommodations and updates, test day information and planning, review of upcoming dates and materials and updates on Khan Academy, the official SAT® practice tool for students including new essay practice and new coaching tools for educators.

The workshops will also cover information on the ISBE decision to reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one (1) administration per student of PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10.

Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here for the SAT® Implementation Workshops

SAT® Correction Process Guidance (for SIS)

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 24th, 2018

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results.

The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter. 

Corrections

2016 final data collection has closed. The 2017 data remain open and edits are still accepted. You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform (go to: IWAS, System Listing. Assessments). At this point, the system will remain open until we begin to calculate accountability.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing - Assessments.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.​

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.​

​June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Access

WIDA AMSACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages

New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over “Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated “Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.

Access-Let's get goingACCESS for ELLs 2.0: Let’s Get Going!

WIDA is working on some new strategies for providing simple, clear guidance using social media-friendly and easily shared graphics. The Let’s Get Going graphic gives a quick-reference summary of ACCESS 2.0 preparation.

ACCESS Testing Window Selection Now in SIS

Log in to SIS, go to Assessment Pre-ID > ACCESS, and select a school. Use the “Testing Window” menu to select the desired window. A check box is available to indicate that this choice applies to all schools in the district.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and WIDA Screener

Updated technology system requirements for testing have been posted. This document is scheduled to be updated again in October, but with only minor changes planned for that time. The major change included in this release of the document is the discontinuation of Android support.

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The EL placement criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 31st, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store, WIDA Store.

Important Details Regarding the WIDA Screener

  • The online version functions similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.
  • The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.
  • WIDA AMS is not pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.
  • For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district’s choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.
  • Training for the WIDA Screener is available. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student  

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

DLM

2017-2018 Updates

  • DLM-AA correction window will close on September 22nd, 2017.
  • Districts will need to run a report in SIS to verify that there are no error code
  • Districts need to correct any error codes for students who have an error code 1, 2, or 3.
  • Information for the DLM-AA correction procedures
  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access will need to email lquimby@isbe.net to request access.
  • DLM required training is available for teachers to complete prior to the testing window.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • Illinois does not allow users to have the Proctor role for DLM.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins
NoAssessment and Accountability
637
  
assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment9/12/2017

PARCC

NEW - 2018 Spring – Unit Testing Times

Individual Student Reports (ISRs – paper report) should have arrived in school districts. If you have not received the material, please contact Pearson Customer Support (1-888-493-9888) Remember, Pearson only produces one copy of the report (one for math, one for ELA).

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0

SIS, Error Code 1, Student Scores are Expected but Missing

In SIS, there are still a number of students who are missing score data. For students with missing score data, a number 1 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC AC Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

SIS, Error Code 2, Student Grade/Test Mismatch

In SIS, there are still a number of students with a grade/test mismatch. The grade listed in SIS for a student does not match the grade of the test the student took. For students with a grade/test mismatch, a number 2 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC AC Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

Pearson has placed a number of summary reports from the 2017 administration in PAN under the Published Report tab. Among the most recent reports made available are the Evidence Statement Analysis Reports.

The PARCC Spring 2017, PLS, ES, & CSR, Interpretation Guide is posted

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted

NEW - What’s New in the AFA Manual 6th Edition is posted

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support: 1-888-493-9888

S​AT®

NEW - Official SAT® Practice in Khan Academy

A new feature this year is the addition of coaching tools that allow teachers and staff to monitor students’ skill progression. College Board will host two daily Webinars, October 2nd – 6th. The first Webinar will be from 9-10 am CT, and the second will be from 3-4 pm CT. The same Webinar will be offered both times each day and throughout the week. Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here

NEW - SAT® Implementation Workshops The College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education are excited to announce upcoming workshops that will provide insight into key changes for the ISBE Sponsored SAT® exam to take place on April 10th, 2018. Included in the workshops will be updates and changes for the 2018 administration, review of SSD accommodations and updates, test day information and planning, review of upcoming dates and materials and updates on Khan Academy, the official SAT® practice tool for students including new essay practice and new coaching tools for educators.

The workshops will also cover information on the ISBE decision to reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one (1) administration per student of PSAT 8/9 – 9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10.

Webinar description and registration can be found at this link. Register Here

SAT® Correction Process Guidance (for SIS)
ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 24th, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT® Score Release Information

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results.
The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter. 

Corrections

2016 final data collection has closed. The 2017 data remain open and edits are still accepted. You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform (go to: IWAS, System Listing. Assessments). At this point, the system will remain open until we begin to calculate accountability.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing - Assessments.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.​

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.​

​June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Access

WIDA AMS NEW - ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages

New this year! WIDA has released a one-stop shop for all resources related to WIDA AMS: AMS. You can access it by hovering over “Assessment” and then clicking WIDA AMS at the bottom of the menu. The WIDA AMS User Guide and short how-to videos are now available.

Additionally, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpage has been updated. Go to the updated “Preparation and Training” tab for this year’s version of the Test Administrator’s Manual and the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual. Please note that the District and School Test Coordinator’s Manual is a preliminary release--more information related to Materials Ordering and Additional Materials Ordering will be added soon.

You will also notice a new tab called Preparing Students on the ACCESS 2.0 page. This is where you can find links to the resources WIDA provides to help educators prepare their students to take ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There is now a Technology User Guide located on the Technology tab of the ACCESS 2.0 page.



Access-Let's get going NEW - ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: Let’s Get Going!

WIDA is working on some new strategies for providing simple, clear guidance using social media-friendly and easily shared graphics. The Let’s Get Going graphic gives a quick-reference summary of ACCESS 2.0 preparation.


DRC Technology Updates

  • The INSIGHT secure browser 8.0 and Testing Site Manager 9.2 were released on Wednesday, Sept. 6th in the evening. This will cause all TSMs that are online, with auto update turned on, to be updated, and the secure browser will automatically update when started. Please make plans to validate that they are working prior to testing students.
  • DRC’s data center is planning to do network maintenance again on Sunday morning, Sept. 10th from 8:00am – 12:00pm CT. This will temporarily shut down WIDA AMS and WIDA Screener Online.

ACCESS Testing Window Selection Now in SIS

Log in to SIS, go to Assessment Pre-ID > ACCESS, and select a school. Use the “Testing Window” menu to select the desired window. A check box is available to indicate that this choice applies to all schools in the district.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and WIDA Screener

Updated technology system requirements for testing have been posted. This document is scheduled to be updated again in October, but with only minor changes planned for that time. The major change included in this release of the document is the discontinuation of Android support.

Chromebook Auto Update Alert

If Chromebooks have been unused for a period time (as is common in the summer months), they may automatically update in the background during an administration with the WIDA Screener. This interferes with the Speaking Test recording capture. It’s important to ensure that the Chromebook software is fully up-to-date before using it to screen students. Changing the Google Admin Policy to “stop auto updates” does not resolve the problem.

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The EL placement criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 31st, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store, WIDA Store.

Important Details Regarding the WIDA Screener

  • The online version functions similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.
  • The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.
  • WIDA AMS is not pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.
  • For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district’s choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.
  • Training for the WIDA Screener is available. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.
Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

DLM

2017-2018 Updates

  • DLM-AA correction window will close on September 22nd, 2017.
  • Districts will need to run a report in SIS to verify that there are no error code
  • Districts need to correct any error codes for students who have an error code 1, 2, or 3.
  • Information for the DLM-AA correction procedures
  • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access will need to email lquimby@isbe.net to request access.
  • DLM required training is available for teachers to complete prior to the testing window.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • Illinois does not allow users to have the Proctor role for DLM.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins
NoAssessment and Accountability
636
  
assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment9/7/2017

PARCC

Individual Student Reports (ISRs – paper report) should have arrived in school districts. If you have not received the material, please contact Pearson Customer Support (1-888-493-9888) Remember, Pearson only produces one copy of the report (one for math, one for ELA).

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0

SIS, Error Code 1, Student Scores are Expected but Missing

In SIS, there are still a number of students who are missing score data. For students with missing score data, a number 1 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review the PARCC AC Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

SIS, Error Code 2, Student Grade/Test Mismatch

In SIS, there are still a number of students with a grade/test mismatch. The grade listed in SIS for a student does not match the grade of the test the student took. For students with a grade/test mismatch, a number 2 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review the PARCC AC Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

Pearson has placed a number of summary reports from the 2017 administration in PAN under the Published Report tab. Among the most recent reports made available are the Evidence Statement Analysis Reports.

The PARCC Spring 2017, PLS, ES, & CSR, Interpretation Guide is posted

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support: 1-888-493-9888

SAT®

SAT Correction Process Guidance (for SIS)

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT®Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT®Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th,2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT® Score Release Information

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results. 

The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter.

Corrections

NEW - 2016 final data collection has closed. The 2017 data remain open and edits are still accepted. You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform (go to: IWAS, System Listing. Assessments). At this point, the system will remain open until we begin to calculate accountability.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing - Assessments. 
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

ACCESS

NEW - DRC Technology Updates

  • The INSIGHT secure browser 8.0 and Testing Site Manager 9.2 were released on Wednesday, Sept. 6th in the evening. This will cause all TSMs that are online, with auto update turned on, to be updated, and the secure browser will automatically update when started. Please make plans to validate that they are working prior to testing students.
  • DRC's data center is planning to do network maintenance again on Sunday morning, Sept. 10th from 8:00am – 12:00pm CT. This will temporarily shut down WIDA AMS and WIDA Screener Online.

ACCESS Testing Window Selection Now in SIS

Log in to SIS, go to Assessment Pre-ID > ACCESS, and select a school. Use the “Testing Window" menu to select the desired window. A check box is available to indicate that this choice applies to all schools in the district.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready!. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

ACCESS Results for 2017-18 Now Available

Paper copies of ACCESS of the 2017-18 results should now be in the hands of Illinois school districts. Those reports are also available on WIDA AMS as PDF files. Go to All Applications>Report Delivery>Test Results>2016-17 Administration >specify school (optional)>specify report (optional)>Show/Download Reports.

Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and WIDA Screener

Updated technology system requirements for testing have been posted . This document is scheduled to be updated again in October, but with only minor changes planned for that time. The major change included in this release of the document is the discontinuation of Android support.

Chromebook Auto Update Alert

If Chromebooks have been unused for a period time (as is common in the summer months), they may automatically update in the background during an administration with the WIDA Screener. This interferes with the Speaking Test recording capture. It’s important to ensure that the Chromebook software is fully up-to-date before using it to screen students. Changing the Google Admin Policy to “stop auto updates” does not resolve the problem.

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The EL placement criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 31st, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store, WIDA Store.

Important Details Regarding the WIDA Screener

  • The online version functions similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.
  • The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.
  • WIDA AMS is not pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.
  • For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district's choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.
  • Training for the WIDA Screener is available. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student  

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

DLM

2017-2018 Updates

  • NEW - Any new users added to DLM will need to use their email address as their Educator Identifier.  
  • NEW - Individual student score reports are available in Educator Portal. Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home school. To access these reports, please see below:

Educator Portal 

  • NEW - Required teacher training in Moodle is now open (as of September 5th, 2017). Any educator that will be administering the assessment is required to complete the training. Educators can now long onto Moodle from the main page of the DLM website. The following link will also take you to the website: Dynamic Learning Maps

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • Illinois does not allow users to have the Proctor role for DLM.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

DLM-AA Corrections

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
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635
  
assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment8/29/2017

PARCC

Individual Student Reports (ISRs – paper report) should have arrived in school districts. If you have not received the material, please contact Pearson Customer Support (1-888-493-9888) Remember, Pearson only produces one copy of the report (one for math, one for ELA).

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 7.0

SIS, Error Code 1, Student Scores are Expected but Missing

In SIS, there are still a number of students who are missing score data. For students with missing score data, a number 1 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC AC Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

SIS, Error Code 2, Student Grade/Test Mismatch

In SIS, there are still a number of students with a grade/test mismatch. The grade listed in SIS for a student does not match the grade of the test the student took. For students with a grade/test mismatch, a number 2 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC AC Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

Pearson has placed a number of summary reports from the 2017 administration in PAN under the Published Report tab. Among the most recent reports made available are the Evidence Statement Analysis Reports.

The PARCC Spring 2017, PLS, ES, &CSR Interpretation Guide is posted

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support: 1-888-493-9888 

SAT®

NEW - Performance Standards for the State-Sponsored SAT

The Illinois State Board of Education is asking for nominees to help establish performance standards (cut points) for the state-sponsored SAT. The attached letter has details about the meeting and who should be considered for participation. The letter also includes information on how to nominate an Illinois Educator.

SAT Correction Process Guidance (for SIS)

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT®Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org


2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date:Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT® Score Release Information

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results using the final data set pulled Monday, August 28 at 8 AM.

The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter.

Corrections

2016 final data were pulled Monday, August 28 at 8 AM. Further changes to the 2016 data via IWAS will not be captured nor placed into the score file. The 2017 data remain open and edits are still accepted.

You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform. At this point, I plan to keep the system open until we begin to calculate accountability.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

ACCESS

ACCESS Testing Window Selection Now in SIS

Log in to SIS, go to Assessment Pre-ID > ACCESS, and select a school. Use the “Testing Window” menu to select the desired window. A check box is available to indicate that this choice applies to all schools in the district.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready! All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

ACCESS Results for 2017-18 Now Available

Paper copies of ACCESS of the 2017-18 results should now be in the hands of Illinois school districts. Those reports are also available on WIDA AMS as PDF files. Go to All Applications>Report Delivery>Test Results>2016-17 Administration >specify school (optional)>specify report (optional)>Show/Download Reports.

Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and WIDA Screener

Updated technology system requirements for testing have been posted. This document is scheduled to be updated again in October, but with only minor changes planned for that time. The major change included in this release of the document is the discontinuation of Android support.

Chromebook Auto Update Alert

If Chromebooks have been unused for a period time (as is common in the summer months), they may automatically update in the background during an administration with the WIDA Screener. This interferes with the Speaking Test recording capture. It’s important to ensure that the Chromebook software is fully up-to-date before using it to screen students. Changing the Google Admin Policy to “stop auto updates” does not resolve the problem.

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The EL placement criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 31st, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener’s availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important Details Regarding the WIDA Screener

  • The online version functions similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.
  • The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.
  • WIDA AMS is not pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.
  • For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district’s choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.
  • Training for the WIDA Screener is available. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student 

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18​

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

DLM

2017-2018 Updates

  • Individual student score reports are available in Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools are required to print and mail a copy to the student’s home district.
  • NEW - Required teacher training in Moodle will be open on September 5th, 2017. Any educator that will be administering the assessment is required to complete the required training. Educators can now long onto Moodle from the main page of the DLM website.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • Illinois does not allow users to have the Proctor role for DLM.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

DLM-AA Corrections

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
NoAssessment and Accountability
634
  
Nomination Recruitment Letter
Assessment8/28/2017

Dear High School Administrator,

The Illinois State Board of Education is asking for nominees to help establish performance standards (cut points) for the state-sponsored SAT. The attached letter has details about the meeting and who should be considered for participation. The letter also includes information on how to nominate an Illinois Educator.

Nomination Recruitment Letter

NoAssessment and Accountability
633
  
assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment8/22/2017

PARCC

NEW - Individual Student Reports

(ISRs – paper report) should have arrived in school districts. If you have not received the material by the end of this week, please contact Pearson Customer Support (1-888-493-9888) Remember, Pearson only produces one copy of the report (one for math, one for ELA).

NEW - Technology Guidelines For PARCC Assessments Version 7.0

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10429

SIS, Error Code 1, Student Scores are Expected but Missing

In SIS, there are still a number of students who are missing score data. For students with missing score data, a number 1 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC_AC_Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

SIS, Error Code 2, Student Grade/Test Mismatch

In SIS, there are still a number of students with a grade/test mismatch. The grade listed in SIS for a student does not match the grade of the test the student took. For students with a grade/test mismatch, a number 2 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC_AC_Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

Pearson has placed a number summary reports from the 2017 administration in PAN under the Published Report tab. Among the most recent reports made available are the Evidence Statement Analysis Reports.

The PARCC Spring 2017, PLS, ES, &CSR Interpretation Guide is posted – PARCC Spring PLS-ES-CR Interpretation Guide

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted - PARCC Accessibility Manual

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support

1-888-493-9888 

SAT®

SAT Scores Posted in SIS

​SAT correction Process Guidance(for S​​​​IS)

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT® Score Release Information

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Scoring

The ISBE approved the cut scores and performance descriptors for ISA (8/16/17). We will now move to final reporting of 2016 results. The scoring of the 2017 responses, by Illinois educators, has begun. The work will take approximately three months. ISBE will move to final scoring shortly thereafter.

Corrections

You may access 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform. At this point, I plan to keep the system open until we begin to calculate accountability. July 28th was the last day for corrections, but the system is open and operational if you need to make changes. The system will close as soon as we finalize the few remaining details.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing. 
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

ACCESS

ACCESS Testing Window Selection Now in SIS

Log in to SIS, go to Assessment Pre-ID > ACCESS, and select a school. Use the “Testing Window” menu to select the desired window. A check box is available to indicate that this choice applies to all schools in the district.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready! It is online at www.wida.us/accessprep. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

ACCESS Results for 2017-18 Now Available

Paper copies of ACCESS of the 2017-18 results should now be in the hands of Illinois school districts. Those reports are also available on WIDA AMS as PDF files. Go to All Applications>Report Delivery>Test Results>2016-17 Administration >specify school (optional)>specify report (optional)>Show/Download Reports.

Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and WIDA Screener

Updated technology system requirements for testing have been posted at www.wida.us/accesstech. This document is scheduled to be updated again in October, but with only minor changes planned for that time. The major change included in this release of the document is the discontinuation of Android support.

Chromebook Auto Update Alert

If Chromebooks have been unused for a period time (as is common in the summer months), they may automatically update in the background during an administration with the WIDA Screener. This interferes with the Speaking Test recording capture. It’s important to ensure that the Chromebook software is fully up-to-date before using it to screen students. Changing the Google Admin Policy to “stop auto updates" does not resolve the problem.

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.
The EL placement criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 1st, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store, https://www.wceps.org/store/wida/.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important Details Regarding the WIDA Screener

  • The online version functions similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.
  • The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.
  • WIDA AMS is not pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.
  • For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district's choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.
  • Training for the WIDA Screener is available at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student 

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18​

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

DLM

2017-2018 Updates

  • Individual student score reports are available in Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools are required to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.
  • SIS, Error Code 1, Student Scores are Expected but Missing
    • In SIS, there are still a number of students who are missing score data. For students with missing score data, a number 1 will appear in column U of the DLM-AA Assessment Correction and Score Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review AA_AC_Announcement or please contact the SIS Helpdesk.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • Illinois does not allow for a user to have the Proctor role for DLM.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • Required training will open on September 4th, 2017.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

DLM-AA Corrections

  • The correction window will close September 22nd, 2017.
  • The below link will provide information for the DLM-AA correction procedures: DLM-AA-Correction Procedures

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
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assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment8/15/2017

PARCC

NEW - SIS, Error Code 1, Student Scores are Expected but Missing

In SIS, there are still a number of students who are missing score data. For students with missing score data, a number 1 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC_AC_Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

NEW - SIS, Error Code 2, Student Grade/Test Mismatch

In SIS, there are still a number of students with a grade/test mismatch. The grade listed in SIS for a student does not match the grade of the test the student took. For students with a grade/test mismatch, a number 2 will appear in column T of the PARCC Assessment Scores Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review PARCC_AC_Procedures or please contact the SIS Helpdesk. All data corrections are due September 22nd, 2017.

NEW - Pearson has placed a number summary reports, from the 2017 administration, in PAN under the Published Report tab. Among the most recent reports made available are the Evidence Statement Analysis Reports

NEW -The PARCC Spring 2017, PLS, ES, &CSR Interpretation Guide is posted– PARCC Spring PLS-ES-CR Interpretation Guide

NEW -Pearson will start shipping the Individual Student Reports (ISRs – paper report) this week. Remember, Pearson only produces one copy of the report (one for math, one for ELA).

The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted - PARCC Accessibility Manual

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available. The report contains scale scores for students who took PARCC in the spring of 2017.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).

Scores are available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

Pearson has turned on the print function for OnDemand Reports. The print function will allow those with an OnDemand user role to download student lists as .csv, Excel, or PDF file.

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support

1-888-493-9888 

SAT®

SAT Scores Posted in SIS

​SAT correction Process Guidance(for S​​​​IS)

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT® Score Release Information

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Corrections

You may access 2016 and 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform. At this point, I plan to keep the system open until we begin to calculate accountability. July 28th will be the last day for corrections.

  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

ACCESS

NEW - ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule from WIDA and DRC is ready! It is online at  www.wida.us/accessprep. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year?
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

View the Webinar Calendar here!

ACCESS Results for 2017-18 Now Available

Paper copies of ACCESS of the 2017-18 results should now be in the hands of Illinois school districts. Those reports are also available on WIDA AMS as PDF files. Go to All Applications>Report Delivery>Test Results>2016-17 Administration >specify school (optional)>specify report (optional)>Show/Download Reports.

Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and WIDA Screener

Updated technology system requirements for testing have been posted at www.wida.us/accesstech. This document is scheduled to be updated again in October, but with only minor changes planned for that time. The major change included in this release of the document is the discontinuation of Android support.

Chromebook Auto Update Alert

If Chromebooks have been unused for a period time (as is common in the summer months), they may automatically update in the background during an administration with the WIDA Screener. This interferes with the Speaking Test recording capture. It’s important to ensure that the Chromebook software is fully up-to-date before using it to screen students. Changing the Google Admin Policy to “stop auto updates” does not resolve the problem.

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The EL placement criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 1st, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store, https://www.wceps.org/store/wida/.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important Details Regarding the WIDA Screener

  • The online version functions similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.
  • The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.
  • WIDA AMS is not pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.
  • For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district's choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.
  • Training for the WIDA Screener is available at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student 

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18​

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

DLM

2017-2018 Updates

  • NEW - Individual student score reports are available in Educator Portal.
  • NEW - Testing schools are required to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.
  • NEW - SIS, Error Code 1, Student Scores are Expected but Missing
    • In SIS, there are still a number of students who are missing score data. For students with missing score data, a number 1 will appear in column U of the DLM-AA Assessment Correction and Score Detail Report. If you have questions on how to correct this error, review DLM-AA_AC_Announcement, or please contact the SIS Helpdesk.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
  • Illinois does not allow for a user to have the Proctor role for DLM.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • Required training will open on September 4th, 2017.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

DLM-AA Corrections

  • The correction window will close September 22nd, 2017.
  • The below link will provide information for the DLM-AA correction procedures:  DLM-AA-Correction Procedures

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
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assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment8/8/2017

PARCC

NEW - The following reports are available in PAN under the Published Report tab.

  • 2017 Individual Student Report (ISRs)
  • 2017 District Summary of Schools Report
  • 2017 Student Roster Report

NEW - The Individual Student Reports (ISRs – paper report) will begin arriving in school districts during the last week of August.

NEW – The PARCC Accessibility Features & Accommodations Manual (AF&A 6th edition) is posted.

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available. The report contains scale scores for all students who took PARCC in the spring of 2017.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).

Scores are available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

Pearson has turned on the print function for OnDemand Reports. The print function will allow those with an OnDemand user role to download student lists as .csv, Excel, or PDF file.

​PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support

1-888-493-9888

SAT®

SAT Scores Posted in SIS

SAT correction Process Guidance(for S​​​​IS)

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT® Score Release Information

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Corrections

  • You may access 2016 and 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform. At this point, I plan to keep the system open until we begin to calculate accountability. July 28th will be the last day for corrections.
  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Power Point
  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Webinar Recording

ACCESS

NEW - ACCESS Results for 2017-18 Now Available

Paper copies of ACCESS of the 2017-18 results should now be in the hands of Illinois school districts. Those reports are also available on WIDA AMS as PDF files. Go to All Applications>Report Delivery>Test Results>2016-17 Administration >specify school (optional)>specify report (optional)>Show/Download Reports.

NEW - Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and WIDA Screener

Updated technology system requirements for testing have been posted at www.wida.us/accesstech. This document is scheduled to be updated again in October, but with only minor changes planned for that time. The major change included in this release of the document is the discontinuation of Android support.

Chromebook Auto Update Alert

If Chromebooks have been unused for a period time (as is common in the summer months), they may automatically update in the background during an administration with the WIDA Screener. This interferes with the Speaking Test recording capture. It’s important to ensure that the Chromebook software is fully up-to-date before using it to screen students. Changing the Google Admin Policy to “stop auto updates” does not resolve the problem.

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The ELP criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois​​

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 1, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

​​The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store, https://www.wceps.org/store/wida/.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install. The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff. WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district's choosing, may be entered in WIDA AMS.  A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.​

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student 

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18​

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

​​DLM​​​

2017-2018 Updates

  • NEW - All users' educator identifier has now been changed to their email. If adding a new user to Educator Portal, please use the email address as the educator identifier.
  • NEW - All users' roles have been updated to reflect the new roles available in Educator Portal. Those administering the assessment need to be assigned the teacher role only. Those who are coordinating the DLM for their district will be assigned either a building test coordinator role or district test coordinator role.   All other users who need to have access to Educator Portal to view reports will be assign a district or building user.
  • NEW - Individual student score reports are available in Educator Portal.
  • NEW - Testing schools are required to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science begins on November 13, 2017 and goes to February 28, 2018.
  • Illinois does not allow for a user to have the Proctor role for DLM.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.
  • Required training will open on September 4th, 2017.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

DLM-AA Corrections

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
NoAssessment and Accountability
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assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment8/1/2017

PARCC

2017 PARCC Score Data Now in SIS

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available. The report contains scale scores for all students who took PARCC in the spring of 2017.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).

Scores are available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

Pearson has turned on the print function for OnDemand Reports. The print function will allow those with an OnDemand user role to download student lists as .csv, Excel, or PDF file.

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support

1-888-493-9888 

SAT®

SAT Scores Posted in SIS

​SAT correction Process Guidance(for S​​​​IS)

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT® Score Release Information

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Corrections

  • You may access 2016 and 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform. At this point, I plan to keep the system open until we begin to calculate accountability. July 28th will be the last day for corrections.
  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Power Point
  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Webinar Recording

ACCESS

NEW - Chromebook Auto Update Alert

If Chromebooks have been unused for a period time (as is common in the summer months), they may automatically update in the background during an administration with the WIDA Screener. This interferes with the Speaking Test recording capture. It’s important to ensure that the Chromebook software is fully up-to-date before using it to screen students. Changing the Google Admin Policy to “stop auto updates” does not resolve the problem.

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The ELP criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois​​

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 1, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

​​The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store,https://www.wceps.org/store/wida/.

​WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install. The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff. WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district's choosing, may be entered in WIDA AMS.  A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.​

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student 

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18​

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

​​DLM​​​

2017-2018 Technology Updates​

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science begins on November 13, 2017 and goes to February 28, 2018.
  • Users can now see the role in the view users table by selecting it as an option to be viewed.
  • User roles are being changed to only allow eight roles for returning and new users:
    • District Test Coordinator
    • District Superintendent
    • District User
    • Building Test Coordinator
    • Building User 
    • Teacher
    • ​Proctor
  • Illinois does not allow for a user to have the Proctor role for DLM.

DLM-AA Corrections

  • The DLM-AA correction window is open and students have preliminary scores posted. 
  • Districts need to check/run an Unassigned report for their district and correct those errors. 
  • The correction window will close September 22nd, 2017. 
  • Home districts will need to run a report to make any changes (in SIS) to a student’s record.

2016-17 DLM-AA SIS Correction Procedures

Updates to User Accounts

  • The educator identifier is being updated with the user’s email account. This change will occur over the summer. Please do not change the educator identifier once it has changed to the email address.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

Required Training

  • Required training will open on September 4th, 2017.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports

  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
NoAssessment and Accountability
629
  
assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
Assessment7/26/2017

PARCC

PARCC Assessment Review Procedures (for SIS)

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available. The report contains scale scores for all students who took PARCC in the spring of 2017.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).

Scores are available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

Pearson has turned on the print function for OnDemand Reports. The print function will allow those with an OnDemand user role to download student lists as .csv, Excel, or PDF file.

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support

1-888-493-9888 

SAT®

SAT Scores Posted in SIS

​SAT correction Process Guidance(for S​​​​IS)

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service:844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

ISA

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Corrections

  • You may access 2016 and 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform. At this point, I plan to keep the system open until we begin to calculate accountability. July 28th will be the last day for corrections.
  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Power Point
  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Webinar Recording

ACCESS

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements.

Changes to English Learner Placement Criteria

With the new EL proficiency criteria, the EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 5.0 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12. Historically, Illinois sets the placement proficiency criteria to match the reclassification proficiency criteria. However, the WIDA Screener gives results in proficiency level increments of 0.5. This is true for the overall composite as well as the individual domains. Overall PLs of 4.8 are not possible using the WIDA Screener.

The ELP criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remain unchanged.

English Learner Placement Criteria​​​

ScreenerWhen AdministeredDomains AssessedMinimum Score for English Proficiency
​MODEL​K, 1st semester​Listening and Speaking​5.0 Oral Composite
​MODEL​K, 2nd semester and 1st grade 1st semester​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite & 4.2 Literacy Composite
​WIDA SCREENER​1st grade, 2nd semester through 12th grade​Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing​5.0 Overall Composite

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois​​

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 1, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

​​The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12.A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store,https://www.wceps.org/store/wida/.

​WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install. The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

For students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district's choosing, may be entered in WIDA AMS.  A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us.There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.​

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18​

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.​

​​DLM

​​​NEW - DLM 2017-2018 Technology Updates

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science begins on November 13, 2017 and goes to February 28, 2018.
  • Users can now see the role in the view users table by selecting it as an option to be viewed.
  • User roles are being changed to only allow eight roles for returning and new users:
    • District Test Coordinator
    • District Superintendent
    • District User
    • Building Test Coordinator
    • Building User 
    • Teacher
    • ​Proctor
  • Illinois does not allow for a user to have the Proctor role for DLM.

DLM-AA Corrections

  • The DLM-AA correction window is open and students have preliminary scores posted. 
  • Districts need to check/run an Unassigned report for their district and correct those errors. 
  • The correction window will close September 22nd, 2017. 
  • Home districts will need to run a report to make any changes (in SIS) to a student’s record.

2016-17 DLM-AA SIS Correction Procedures

Updates to User Accounts

  • The educator identifier is being updated with the user’s email account. This change will occur over the summer. Please do not change the educator identifier once it has changed to the email address.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

Required Training

  • Required training will open on September 4th, 2017.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports

  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
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628
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment7/18/2017

PARCC

2017 PARCC Score Data Now in SIS

PARCC Assessment Review Procedures (for SIS)

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available. The report contains scale scores for all students who took PARCC in the spring of 2017.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).

Scores are available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

Pearson has turned on the print function for OnDemand Reports. The print function will allow those with an OnDemand user role to download student lists as .csv, Excel, or PDF file.

Pearson is conducting a beta test of the new TestNav app in a few districts that use the .MSI version of the app for distribution. Pearson staff is looking for districts that use more than one test delivery platform to participate in the beta test, but the main goal is to fully test the “uninstall” feature of the app in a managed environment.

If you are interested in participating in the beta test, please email Wes Bruce at wesbruce3@gmail.com as soon as possible - time is short.

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support

1-888-493-9888 

SAT®

SAT Scores Posted in SIS

NEW -​SAT correction Process Guidance(for S​​​​IS)

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service:844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT®​ Score Release Information

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Corrections

  • You may access 2016 and 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform. At this point, I plan to keep the system open until we begin to calculate accountability. A final date will be communicated later.
  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Power Point
  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Webinar Recording

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 or higher on the ACCESS assessment are considered proficient, and will be reclassified in the state system. There are no longer any single-domain requirements. 

The EL placement criteria has changed accordingly. Overall scores lower than 4.8 (no single-domains requirements) identify students as English learners in grades 1-12.

The ELP criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remains unchanged - 5.0 overall with 4.2 in both reading and writing.

W-APT Discontinued in Illinois​​

The W-APT may no longer be used for English language screening. Illinois ended its use on June 30th, 2017. WIDA will stop supporting the W-APT on August 1, 2017.

WIDA Screener Replaces the W-APT in Illinois

​​

The WIDA Screener Online is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12.

A paper version of the WIDA Screener may be used instead of the online format. It is available from the WIDA store, https://www.wceps.org/store/wida/

NEW - WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

NEW - Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us.There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student 

For 2017-18, there will not be an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18​

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.​

​​DLM

NEW - DLM 2017-2018 Technology Updates

  • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. The window for the instructionally embedded science begins on November 13, 2017 and goes to February 28, 2018.
  • Users can now see the role in the view users table by selecting it as an option to be viewed.
  • User roles are being changed to only allow eight roles for returning and new users:
    • District Test Coordinator
    • District Superintendent
    • District User
    • Building Test Coordinator
    • Building User 
    • Teacher
    • ​Proctor
  • Illinois does not allow for a user to have the Proctor role for DLM.

DLM-AA Corrections

  • The DLM-AA correction window is open and students have preliminary scores posted.   
  • The correction window will close September 22nd, 2017. 
  • Home districts will need to run a report to make any changes (in SIS) to a student’s record.

2016-17 DLM-AA SIS Correction Procedures

Updates to User Accounts

  • The educator identifier is being updated with the user’s email account. This change will occur over the summer. Please do not change the educator identifier once it has changed to the email address.
  • All pending accounts were moved to inactive status because they were not activated during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

Required Training

  • Required training will open on September 4th, 2017.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports

  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
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627
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment7/11/2017

PARCC

2017 PARCC Score Data Now in SIS

NEW - The SIS Correction Window (for Indivisual Student Reports) closes on Friday, July 14th.

PARCC Correction Procedures (for SIS)

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available. The report contains scale scores for all students who took PARCC in the spring of 2017.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).

Scores are available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

NEW - Pearson will be turning on the print function for OnDemand Reports. The print function will allow those with an OnDemand user role to download student lists as .csv, Excel, or PDF file. This feature will be available starting Monday, July 10th.

NEW - Pearson is conducting a beta test of the new TestNav app in a few districts that use the .MSI version of the app for distribution. Pearson staff is looking for districts that use more than one test delivery platform to participate in the beta test, but the main goal is to fully test the “uninstall” feature of the app in a managed environment. If you are interested in participating in the beta test, please email Wes Bruce at wesbruce3@gmail.com as soon as possible - time is short.

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support

1-888-493-9888 

PARCC E-mail : parcc@support.pearson.com 

SAT®

NEW - SAT Scores Posted in SIS

NEW - Tips for Completing SIS-SAT Corrections

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service:844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service:  ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT®​ Score Release Information

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Corrections

  • You may access 2016 and 2017 data via the ISA corrections platform. At this point, I plan to keep the system open until we begin to calculate accountability. A final date will be communicated later.
  • Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS System Listing.
  • Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access.
  • Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions.

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Power Point
  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Webinar Recording

ACCESS

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted a new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS assessment. The EL placement criteria also changes accordingly. Overall scores of less than 4.8 using the WIDA Screener identifies students as English learners at grades 1-12.

WIDA Screener is Now Active for Illinois

The WIDA Screener is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. When screening students with the WIDA Screener, the new ELP criteria should be used for placement, an overall score of 4.8.

The W-APT is may be used for screening until June 30th, 2017. The ELP placement criteria for the W-APT remains 5.0 overall with 4.2 in both reading and writing.

The ELP criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remains at 5.0 overall with 4.2 in both reading and writing.

Note: for students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district’s choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18

Test Window OptionsBegins​Ends
​Standard Test Window01/17/201802/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window01/24/2018​02/27/2018
Wavier 2 Test Window01/31/201803/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

Beginning June 30th, 2017, the English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, is the WIDA Screener. It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. There is no cost for the online WIDA Screener. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.​


Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

​​DLM

DLM-AA Corrections

  • The DLM-AA correction window is open and students have preliminary scores posted.   
  • The correction window will close September 22nd, 2017. 
  • Home districts will need to run a report to make any changes (in SIS) to a student’s record.

2016-17 DLM-AA SIS Correction Procedures

Updates to User Accounts

  • The educator identifier is being updated with the user’s email account. This change will occur over the summer. Please do not change the educator identifier once it has changed to the email address.
  • All pending accounts were moved to inactive status because they were not activated during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

Required Training

  • Required training will open on September 4th, 2017.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports

  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
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Assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment7/5/2017

PARCC

NEW - 2017 PARCC Score Data Now in SIS

NEW - PARCC Correction Procedures (for SIS)

2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available. The report contains scale scores for all students who took PARCC in the spring of 2017.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).

Scores are available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support

1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail : parcc@support.pearson.com 

SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service:  ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT®​ Score Release Information

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Information

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

ISA Corrections

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Power Point
  • June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment Webinar Recording

The plan is to complete 2017 corrections this week.  School staff may access 2016 data via the system if you wish to get a head start on that dataset. More details regarding 2016 will be communicated as we close in on a clean 2017 dataset.

Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS system listing.  Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access. Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions or challenges meeting the two week window timeline.

ACCESS

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted a new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS assessment. The EL placement criteria also changes accordingly. Overall scores of less than 4.8 using the WIDA Screener identifies students as English learners at grades 1-12. [MODEL]

NEW - WIDA Screener is Now Active for Illinois

The WIDA Screener is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. When screening students with the WIDA Screener, the new ELP criteria should be used for placement, an overall score of 4.8.

The W-APT is may be used for screening until June 30th, 2017. The ELP placement criteria for the W-APT remains 5.0 overall with 4.2 in both reading and writing.

The ELP criteria for Kindergarten (and first semester, grade 1), using MODEL, remains at 5.0 overall with 4.2 in both reading and writing.

Note: for students who do not have an Illinois state ID at the time of screening, a placeholder ID, of the district’s choosing, may be entered into WIDA AMS. A permanent state ID will be required before the screening results can be submitted to SIS. SIS will not accept the placeholder ID.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18

Test Window Options​​BeginsEnds
​Standard Test Window
​01/17/2018
​02/20/2018
​Waiver 1 Test Window
​01/24/2018
​02/27/2018
​Waiver 2 Test Window
​01/31/2018
​​03/06/2018

Please note each test window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

Beginning June 30th, 2017, the English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, is the WIDA Screener. It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. There is no cost for the online WIDA Screener. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us.There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.​

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

​​DLM

DLM-AA Corrections

  • The DLM-AA correction window is open and students have preliminary scores posted.   
  • The correction window will close September 22nd, 2017. 
  • Home districts will need to run a report to make any changes (in SIS) to a student’s record.

2016-17 DLM-AA SIS Correction Procedures

Updates to User Accounts

  • The educator identifier is being updated with the user’s email account. This change will occur over the summer. Please do not change the educator identifier once it has changed to the email address.
  • All pending accounts were moved to inactive status because they were not activated during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

NEW - Required Training

  • Required training will open on September 4th, 2017.
  • No CPDUs will be issued for the training as other states assessments require educators to complete training.

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  • District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017 on the Entity Profile System in IWAS.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports

  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
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PARCC Preliminary Results Are Posted In SIS
Assessment6/30/2017

The 2016-17 preliminary PARCC score data are now posted in SIS. School staff have until Friday, July 14th, 2017, to make corrections to student records (for Individual Student Reports – ISRs). For School Report Card purposes, PARCC Corrections will be available until Friday, September 22nd, 2017. Click here to view the instructions on how to make corrections.

If you need help making corrections in SIS, please contact the SIS Help Desk at 217-558-3600, option 3.

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Assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment6/29/2017


PARCC

NEW - 2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available. The report contains scale scores for all students who took PARCC in the spring of 2017.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).

All scores are available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf 

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/ 

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support

1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail
parcc@support.pearson.com 


SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 
844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service:

ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT® Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT®​ Score Release Information


ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Corrections

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

Power Point

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/20170608-Corrections.pdf

Webinar Recording

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2225937484479753986

The plan is to complete 2017 corrections this week.  School staff may access 2016 data via the system if you wish to get a head start on that dataset. More details regarding 2016 will be communicated as we close in on a clean 2017 dataset.

Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS system listing.  Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access. Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions or challenges meeting the two week window timeline.


ACCESS

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted a new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS assessment. The EL placement criteria also changes accordingly. Overall scores of less than 4.8 using the WIDA Screener identifies students as English learners at grades 1-12. [MODEL]

NEW - WIDA Screener is Now Active for Illinois

The WIDA Screener is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. When screening students with the WIDA Screener, the new ELP criteria should be used for placement, an overall score of 4.8.

The W-APT is may be used for screening until June 30th, 2017. The ELP placement criteria for the W-APT remains 5.0 overall with 4.2 in both reading and writing.

The ELP criteria for Kindergarten is under consideration. Until a change is announced, continue using the K screening process currently in place.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18

Test Window Options​​BeginsEnds
​Standard Test Window
​01/17/2018
​02/20/2018
​Waiver 1 Test Window
​01/24/2018
​02/27/2018
​Waiver 2 Test Window
​01/31/2018
​​03/06/2018

Note that each window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

Attemptedness Criteria

ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS administrations that do not satisfy the Attemptedness Criteria appear as blank scores in the data.

ACCESS 2.0 Attemptedness Criteria

DomainMinimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening​​

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking

There is a sound file with an utterance.

Blank sound files do not count as an attempt (example, sound files with only ambient sound; sound files with just breathing- these are NOT attempted).

Writing

KB: a visible key stroke is attempted. (Example, a letter, a symbol.) Space bar and returns do not count as attempted.

HW: there is some marking on the booklet in the response space.

Alternate ACCESS Attemptedness Criteria​

DomainMinimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking The booklet has been returned with something bubbled in on the Speaking response page.
Writing There is some marking on the booklet in the response space.


District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts beginning June 30th, 2017. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.​


Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

​​DLM

DLM-AA Corrections

  • The DLM-AA correction window is open and students have preliminary scores posted.   
  • The correction window will close September 22nd, 2017. 
  • Home districts will need to run a report to make any changes (in SIS) to a student’s record.

NEW – 2016-17 DLM-AA SIS Correction Procedures

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/DLM-AA_AC_Announcement.pdf

Updates to User Accounts

  • The educator identifier is being updated with the user’s email account. This change will occur over the summer. Please do not change the educator identifier once it has changed to the email address.
  • All pending accounts were moved to inactive status because they were not activated during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  • District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017 on the Entity Profile System in IWAS.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports

  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
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Assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment6/20/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – June 30th, 2017 
Join us for a webinar on June 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST  ​


Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

 

SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

NEW - Test Dates/Windows for 2017-2018 School Year

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/State_Assessment_Dates_2017_18.pdf

 

PARCC

NEW - 2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

 

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available for student tests that have completed the scoring process. Not all student tests have completed the scoring process. 

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).   

Scores will be available for both the responsible and testing organizations. 

NEW – Pearson posted a large number of ELA scores (grades 6, 7, and 8) on PAN Wednesday night. 

 

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

 

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf 

 

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/ 

 

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

 

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com 

 

SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx 

 

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

 

2018 SAT Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

 

Spring 2017 SAT®​ Score Release Information

 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

 

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018

2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

 

Corrections

The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th and can be accessed by following the links below.

June 8th, 2017 - Corrections Process Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

 

Power Point

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/20170608-Corrections.pdf

 

Webinar Recording

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2225937484479753986

 

The plan is to complete 2017 corrections this week.  School staff may access 2016 data via the system if you wish to get a head start on that dataset. More details regarding 2016 will be communicated as we close in on a clean 2017 dataset.

Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS system listing.  Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access. Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions or challenges meeting the two week window timeline.

 

ACCESS

New English Proficiency Level Criteria

Illinois has adopted a new proficiency criteria for English language development. English learners who attain an overall composite score of 4.8 on the ACCESS assessment. The EL placement criteria also changes accordingly. Overall scores of less than 4.8 using the WIDA Screener identifies students as English learners at grades 1-12. [MODEL]

 

NEW - WIDA Screener is Now Active for Illinois

The WIDA Screener is now available for use in WIDA AMS, for grades 1-12. When screening students with the WIDA Screener, the new ELP criteria should be used for placement, an overall score of 4.8.

 

The W-APT is may be used for screening until June 30th, 2017. The ELP placement criteria for the W-APT remains 5.0 overall with 4.2 in both reading and writing.

 

The ELP criteria for Kindergarten is under consideration. Until a change is announced, continue using the K screening process currently in place.

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18

​​Test Window Options​
​Begins
Ends
​Standard Test Window
​01/17/2018
​02/20/2018
​Waiver 1 Test Window
​01/24/2018
​02/27/2018
​Waiver 2 Test Window
​01/31/2018
​​03/06/2018

Note that each window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.


Attemptedness Criteria

ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS administrations that do not satisfy the Attemptedness Criteria appear as blank scores in the data.

ACCESS 2.0 Attemptedness Criteria

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening​​

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking

There is a sound file with an utterance.

Blank sound files do not count as an attempt (example, sound files with only ambient sound; sound files with just breathing- these are NOT attempted).

Writing

KB: a visible key stroke is attempted. (Example, a letter, a symbol.) Space bar and returns do not count as attempted.

HW: there is some marking on the booklet in the response space.


Alternate ACCESS Attemptedness Criteria​

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking The booklet has been returned with something bubbled in on the Speaking response page.
Writing There is some marking on the booklet in the response space.

District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.

 

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

 

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts beginning June 30th, 2017. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

 

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

 

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.​


It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

 

​​DLM

NEW- DLM-AA Corrections

  • The DLM-AA correction window is open and students have preliminary scores posted.   
  • The correction window will close September 22nd, 2017. 
  • Home districts will need to run a report to make any changes (in SIS) to a student’s record.
Updates to User Accounts
  • The educator identifier is being updated with the user’s email account. This change will occur over the summer. Please do not change the educator identifier once it has changed to the email address.
  • All pending accounts were moved to inactive status because they were not activated during the 2016-2017 school year.   
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  • District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017 on the Entity Profile System in IWAS.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports
  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal. 
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

 

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​

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620
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment6/13/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – June 16th, 2017
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/296831138521510913

Recorded Assessment Webinars
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

NEW - Test Dates/Windows for 2017-2018 School Year
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/State_Assessment_Dates_2017_18.pdf

PARCC

2018 PARCC Test Window
March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

PARCC Scores in PAN
OnDemand Reports are now available for student tests that have completed the scoring process. Not all student tests have completed the scoring process.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).  

Scores will be available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

NEW – Nearly all student scores for ELA and Math have been posted on PAN.

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf

PARCC/Pearson Home Page
https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail
parcc@support.pearson.com

SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT Test Windows
Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT® Score Release Information

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Information
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Corrections
The initial corrections webinar was held Thursday, June 8th. The webinar recording will be posted on the ISA website. The system went live Monday. The plan is to complete 2017 corrections over the next two weeks. Contact your superintendent if you do not have access to the IWAS system listing. Contact David Hope at dhope@isbe.net if you have technical issues after your superintendent gives you access. Contact Dan Brown at dabrown@isbe.net if you have policy questions or challenges meeting the two week window timeline.

ACCESS

ACCESS Dates for 2017-18

Test Window OptionsBeginsEnds
Standard  Test Window1/17/20182/20/2018
Waiver 1 Test Window1/24/20182/27/2018
Waiver 2 Test Window1/31/20183/6/2018


Note that each window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.

Attemptedness Criteria

ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS administrations that do not satisfy the Attemptedness Criteria appear as blank scores in the data.

ACCESS 2.0 Attemptedness Criteria

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking

There is a sound file with an utterance.

Blank sound files do not count as an attempt (example, sound files with only ambient sound; sound files with just breathing- these are NOT attempted).

Writing

KB: a visible key stroke is attempted. (Example, a letter, a symbol.) Space bar and returns do not count as attempted.

HW: there is some marking on the booklet in the response space.



Alternate ACCESS Attemptedness Criteria

DomainMinimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking The booklet has been returned with something bubbled in on the Speaking response page.
Writing There is some marking on the booklet in the response space.


District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

Beginning June 30th, 2017, the English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, is the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. There is no cost for the online WIDA Screener. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

DLM

NEW - Updates to User Accounts

  • The educator identifier is being updated with the user's email account. This change will occur over the summer. Please do not change the educator identifier once it has changed to the email address.
  • All pending accounts were moved to inactive status because they were not activated during the 2016-2017 school year.  
  • District test coordinators need to verify active users. If there is a user that is not currently employed in the district, then please deactivate their account in Educator Portal.

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  • District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017 on the Entity Profile System in IWAS.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports

  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins
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619
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment6/8/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – June 16th, 2017 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/296831138521510913

 

Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

 

SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

NEW - Test Dates/Windows for 2017-2018 School Year

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/State_Assessment_Dates_2017_18.pdf

 

PARCC

NEW - 2018 PARCC Test Window

March 5th, 2018 – April 20th, 2018

 

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available for student tests that have completed the scoring process. Not all student tests have completed the scoring process. 

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).   

Scores will be available for both the responsible and testing organizations. 

NEW – Pearson posted a large number of ELA scores (grades 6, 7, and 8) on PAN Wednesday night. 

 

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

 

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf 

 

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/ 

 

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

 

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com 

 

SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx 

 

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

 

2018 SAT Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

 

Spring 2017 SAT®​ Score Release Information

 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

 

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018

2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

 

ISBE is receiving initial data files and will announce the corrections process soon.

 

ACCESS

NEW - ACCESS DATE for 2017-18

​​Test Window Options​
​Begins
Ends
​Standard Test Window
​01/17/2018
​02/20/2018
​Waiver 1 Test Window
​01/24/2018
​02/27/2018
​Waiver 2 Test Window
​01/31/2018
​​03/06/2018

Note that each window begins on a Wednesday, and ends on a Tuesday. These options will be available for selection in SIS, in September, during the testing site update period.


Attemptedness Criteria

ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS administrations that do not satisfy the Attemptedness Criteria appear as blank scores in the data.

ACCESS 2.0 Attemptedness Criteria

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening​​

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking

There is a sound file with an utterance.

Blank sound files do not count as an attempt (example, sound files with only ambient sound; sound files with just breathing- these are NOT attempted).

Writing

KB: a visible key stroke is attempted. (Example, a letter, a symbol.) Space bar and returns do not count as attempted.

HW: there is some marking on the booklet in the response space.


Alternate ACCESS Attemptedness Criteria​

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking The booklet has been returned with something bubbled in on the Speaking response page.
Writing There is some marking on the booklet in the response space.

District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.

 

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

 

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts beginning June 30th, 2017. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

 

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

 

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.​


It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

 

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

 

​DLM

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  • District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017 on the Entity Profile System in IWAS.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports
  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal. 
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

 

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​

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618
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment5/30/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – June 2nd, 2017 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7123419559300565250

 

Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

 

SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

NEW - Test Dates/Windows for 2017-2018 School Year

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/State_Assessment_Dates_2017_18.pdf

 

​PARCC

PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available for student tests that have completed the scoring process. Not all student tests have completed the scoring process. 

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).   

Scores will be available for both the responsible and testing organizations. 

 

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

 

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf 

 

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/ 

 

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

 

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com​​

 

SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx 

 

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

 

2018 SAT Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

 

Spring 2017 SAT®​ Score Release Information

 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

 

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018

2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

 

ISBE is receiving initial data files and will announce the corrections process soon.

 

ACCESS

Attemptedness Criteria

ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS administrations that do not satisfy the Attemptedness Criteria appear as blank scores in the data.

ACCESS 2.0 Attemptedness Criteria

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening​​

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking

There is a sound file with an utterance.

Blank sound files do not count as an attempt (example, sound files with only ambient sound; sound files with just breathing- these are NOT attempted).

Writing

KB: a visible key stroke is attempted. (Example, a letter, a symbol.) Space bar and returns do not count as attempted.

HW: there is some marking on the booklet in the response space.


Alternate ACCESS Attemptedness Criteria​

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking The booklet has been returned with something bubbled in on the Speaking response page.
Writing There is some marking on the booklet in the response space.

District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.

 

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

 

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts beginning June 30th, 2017. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

 

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

 

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.​


It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

 

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

 

WIDA Online Surveys

User Experience Survey
WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

 

Professional Learning Survey – Data Literacy
WIDA will be designing a new professional learning offering to assist educators in applying data analysis processes and practices that reflect equity for EL. A variety of topics will be discussed based on a needs assessment from the field and data collected from previous data workshop offerings. Feedback from WIDA districts and schools is critical for the design of this professional learning opportunity. The survey is here,  
https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etZVZv5JAP8bUqh 

 

DLM

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  • District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017 on the Entity Profile System in IWAS.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports
  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal. 
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

 

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​
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617
  
2017-18 Illinois State Assessments
Assessment5/25/2017

The 2018 PARCC Administration Window is March 5 through April 20, 2018. We will provide additional instructions about entering your district/school test window in SIS next fall. If district staff have concerns with scheduling, please contact staff at the Student Assessment Division. Additional information about school year 2017-2018 testing will be forthcoming, so check the ISBE assessment website regularly, and join us for our assessment update webinars.

View the dates for the 2017-18 Illinois State Assessments

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614
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment5/24/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – June 2nd, 2017
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7123419559300565250

Recorded Assessment Webinars
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

PARCC

PARCC Scores in PAN
OnDemand Reports are now available for student tests that have completed the scoring process. Not all student tests have completed the scoring process.

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).  

Scores will be available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf

PARCC/Pearson Home Page
https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Help Center Contact
Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail
parcc@support.pearson.com

SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT®Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT Test Windows
Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

Spring 2017 SAT® Score Release Information

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Information
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ISA Test Windows
2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

NEW - ISBE is receiving initial data files and will announce the corrections process soon.

ACCESS

Attemptedness Criteria
ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS administrations that do not satisfy the Attemptedness Criteria appear as blank scores in the data.

ACCESS 2.0 Attemptedness Criteria

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking

There is a sound file with an utterance.

Blank sound files do not count as an attempt (example, sound files with only ambient sound; sound files with just breathing- these are NOT attempted).

Writing

KB: a visible key stroke is attempted. (Example, a letter, a symbol.) Space bar and returns do not count as attempted.

HW: there is some marking on the booklet in the response space.


Alternate ACCESS Attemptedness Criteria

DomainMinimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking The booklet has been returned with something bubbled in on the Speaking response page.
Writing There is some marking on the booklet in the response space.


ACCESS Corrections
Access corrections for 2017 are underway. The preliminary results are now available in SIS. Corrections end on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Final results will be posted in mid-July. Paper reports will be sent by August 1st, 2017.

District Coordinator Turnover
If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. School districts are not limited to one District Coordinator.

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open
This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

Screener Update for 2017-18
The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts beginning June 30th, 2017. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability
A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 8 pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6 am – 6 pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener
The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA
The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

WIDA Online Surveys

User Experience Survey
WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

Professional Learning Survey – Data Literacy
WIDA will be designing a new professional learning offering to assist educators in applying data analysis processes and practices that reflect equity for EL. A variety of topics will be discussed based on a needs assessment from the field and data collected from previous data workshop offerings. Feedback from WIDA districts and schools is critical for the design of this professional learning opportunity. The survey is here,  
https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etZVZv5JAP8bUqh

DLM

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  • District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017 on the Entity Profile System in IWAS.

Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports

  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins
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613
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC updates; SAT updates; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment5/16/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – May 19th, 2017 

Join us for a webinar on May 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST  

 

Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

 

SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

 

PARCC

NEW - PARCC Scores in PAN

OnDemand Reports are now available for student tests that have completed the scoring process. Not all student tests have completed the scoring process. 

Users with the OnDemand Admin Report Access role (OR the OnDemand Teacher Report Access role) will be able to view records under the report drop down menu within PearsonAccessNext (PAN).   

Scores will be available for both the responsible and testing organizations.

 

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

 

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf

 

Information on Returning PARCC Paper Material

Pages 42-55 in the Coordinator Manual – (remember to return Reader Scripts)

 

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/ 

 

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

 

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com​ 

 

SAT®​​​

ISBE Web Link for SAT®​ Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx 

 

SAT®Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT®​ Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

 

2018 SAT Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

 

NEW - Spring 2017 SAT®​ Score Release Information

 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

 

ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018

2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

 

 

ACCESS

NEW - Attemptedness Criteria

ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS administrations that do not satisfy the Attemptedness Criteria appear as blank scores in the data.

ACCESS 2.0 Attemptedness Criteria

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening​​

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is at least one scored item in the domain with a response captured (and is visible in the data file)

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking

There is a sound file with an utterance.

Blank sound files do not count as an attempt (example, sound files with only ambient sound; sound files with just breathing- these are NOT attempted).

Writing

KB: a visible key stroke is attempted. (Example, a letter, a symbol.) Space bar and returns do not count as attempted.

HW: there is some marking on the booklet in the response space.

 

Alternate ACCESS Attemptedness Criteria

Domain Minimum Criteria for “Attempting" the domain
Listening

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Reading

There is one scored item with a response bubbled

Practice items are not scored items and therefore do not count towards an “attempt."

Speaking The booklet has been returned with something bubbled in on the Speaking response page.
Writing There is some marking on the booklet in the response space.

 

ACCESS Corrections

Access corrections for 2017 are underway. The preliminary results are now available in SIS. Corrections end on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Final results will be posted in mid-July. Paper reports will be sent by August 1st, 2017.

 

District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. You are not limited to one District Coordinator.

 

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

 

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts beginning June 30th, 2017. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

 

WIDA Screener Summer Availability

A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6am - 8pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6am - 6pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

 

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

 

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

 

WIDA Online Surveys

User Experience Survey
WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

Professional Learning Survey – Data Literacy
WIDA will be designing a new professional learning offering to assist educators in applying data analysis processes and practices that reflect equity for EL. A variety of topics will be discussed based on a needs assessment from the field and data collected from previous data workshop offerings. Feedback from WIDA districts and schools is critical for the design of this professional learning opportunity. The survey is here,  
https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etZVZv5JAP8bUqh 

 

DLM

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  1. District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017 on the Entity Profile System in IWAS.

    Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports
  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.

 

  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

 

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins

       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019                                                                                                          

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins​



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Assessment update webinar; PARCC updates; SAT updates; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment5/9/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – May 19th, 2017
Join us for a webinar on May 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST  

Recorded Assessment Webinars
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3
NEW -
The SIS correction window is open now.

PARCC

Rejected Student Tests – Paper Tests Only
Paper tests answer documents are being processed by Pearson, so school district staff may begin to see “Rejected" tests in PAN. In these cases, the demographic information entered on the test booklet (grade 3) or answer document does not match (or is missing) the information entered in SIS (from February).

If your school district tested with paper test material, please go to “Testing" (in PAN) and select “Rejected Student Tests," then “Search/Show all results." Please correct the student demographic information so the test results can be processed.

Irregularity Report
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10741

Post-Test Certification Form – (keep with signed security forms)
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10806

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window – the correction window is open now)
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf

Information on Returning PARCC Paper Material
Pages 42-55 in the Coordinator Manual – (remember to return Reader Scripts)

PARCC/Pearson Home Page
https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Help Center Contact
Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888
PARCC E-mail
parcc@support.pearson.com

SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

NEW - Information on SAT® Score Release – See Attached Document

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

2018 SAT Test Windows
Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

ISA Information
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ISA Test Windows
2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

ACCESS

ACCESS Corrections
Access corrections for 2017 are underway. The preliminary results are now available in SIS. Corrections end on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Final results will be posted in mid-July. Paper reports will be sent by August 1st, 2017.

District Coordinator Turnover
If your District Coordinator (listed on www.wida.us) will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. You are not limited to one District Coordinator.

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open
This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

Screener Update for 2017-18
The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K (and first semester, grade 1), but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts beginning June 30th, 2017. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

WIDA Screener Summer Availability
A message from DRC: the current Secure Browser 7.2 and TSM 9.1.0_2 will continue to be supported for WIDA Screener administration until new information is available in late summer. During June, July, and August, DRC plans for WIDA Screener's availability to be Monday through Friday from 6am - 8pm CDT. DRC Customer Service hours are planned to be Monday through Friday from 6am - 6pm CDT during this time period. There are no planned down times for platform maintenance this summer.

NEW - Important details regarding the WIDA Screener
The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

Note: The WIDA Screener Test Administration Manual indicates (p.16) that students in the lowest grade of a cluster, during their first semester, may screen with the screener for the next lower cluster.

Appropriate Grade-level Cluster Form Based on Grade Level and Semester of the Student

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA
The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

WIDA Online Surveys

User Experience Survey
WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

Professional Learning Survey – Data Literacy
WIDA will be designing a new professional learning offering to assist educators in applying data analysis processes and practices that reflect equity for EL. A variety of topics will be discussed based on a needs assessment from the field and data collected from previous data workshop offerings. Feedback from WIDA districts and schools is critical for the design of this professional learning opportunity. The survey is here,  
https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etZVZv5JAP8bUqh

DLM

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  • District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017.
Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports
  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.
  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins
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610
  
Assessment update webinar
Assessment5/2/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – May 5th, 2017 

Join us for a webinar on May 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST   


Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

 

SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3 

 

PARCC

 

NEW - Please Stop Test Sessions, The Test Window Is Closed.

As of this writing, there are over 8,000 sessions not “Stopped."

 

Stopping Test Sessions Guidance

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10527

Student tests will not be submitted for scoring until all test units (in a session) are completed or marked complete and the session is “Stopped."

 

NEW - Rejected Student Tests – Paper Tests Only

Paper tests answer documents are being processed by Pearson, so school district staff may begin to see “Rejected" tests in PAN. In these cases, the demographic information entered on the test booklet (grade 3) or answer document does not match (or is missing, e.g., missing birth date) the information entered in SIS (from February).

 

If your school district tested with paper test material, please go to “Testing" (in PAN) and select “Rejected Student Tests," then “Search/Show all results." Please correct the student demographic information so the test results can be processed.

Please see the attached document. The attached document contains instructions to fix the student information associated with a test so it can be processed.

The most recent PARCC Administrative Bulletin also has information about Rejected Student Tests.

https://parcc.pearson.com/2017/04/25/parcc-administrative-bulletin.html

 

Irregularity Report

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10741

 

Post-Test Certification Form – (keep with signed security forms)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10806

 

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

 

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf

 

Information on Returning PARCC Paper Material

Pages 42-55 in the Coordinator Manual – (remember to return Reader Scripts)

 

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/ 

 

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

 

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com 

 

SAT®​

 

ISBE Web Link for SAT​® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

 

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

 

2018 SAT Test Windows

Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Accommodated Test Window: April 10th – 23rd, 2018

 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

 

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

 

NEW - ISA Test Windows

2017-18 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018

2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019 

 

ACCESS

 

NEW - ACCESS Corrections

Access corrections for 2017 are scheduled to begin Monday, May 8th, 2017, and end on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Preliminary ACCESS results will appear in SIS.

 

District Coordinator Turnover

If your District Coordinator on www.wida.us will be leaving after this school year, she/he can designate an additional District Coordinator any time prior to leaving for a smooth transition. You are not limited to one District Coordinator.

 

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

 

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 because it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K, but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts beginning June 30th, 2017. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

 

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the Testing Site Manager. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

WIDA AMS will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. Student records will have to be uploaded from the district.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

 

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

 

Online Surveys

 

User Experience Survey
WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

Professional Learning Survey – Data Literacy
WIDA will be designing a new professional learning offering to assist educators in applying data analysis processes and practices that reflect equity for EL. A variety of topics will be discussed based on a needs assessment from the field and data collected from previous data workshop offerings. Feedback from WIDA districts and schools is critical for the design of this professional learning opportunity. The survey is here,  
https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etZVZv5JAP8bUqh.

​ 

DLM

 

District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System

  1. District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017.

    NEW - Spring 2017 Individual Score Reports
  • Individual student score reports will be made available to testing school by August 2nd through Educator Portal.

 

  • Testing schools will need to print and mail a copy to the student's home district.

 

NEW - Test Windows

  • 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins

       
  • 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday,  March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019                                                                                                          
    • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - data lockdown begins
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Assessment update webinar; PARCC updates; SAT updates; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment4/25/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – April 28th, 2017
Join us for a webinar on April 28th, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST

Recorded Assessment Webinars
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

SIS End of School Year 2017 Planning for School Year 2018 Webinar
Join us for a webinar on Apr. 27th, 2017 at 1:30 PM CDT.
Register now!

PARCC

Stopping Test Sessions Guidance
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10527
Student tests will not be submitted for scoring until all test units (in a session) are completed or marked complete and the session is “Stopped.”

Irregularity Report
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10741

Post-Test Certification Form – (keep with signed security forms)
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10806

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax or email to Pearson)
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window)
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf

Information on Returning PARCC Paper Material
Pages 42-55 in the Coordinator Manual – (remember to return Reader Scripts)

Avocet Site – PARCC Information and Documents
http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home

PARCC/Pearson Home Page
https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Help Center Contact
Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888
PARCC E-mail
parcc@support.pearson.com

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin
The most reent bulletin is dated April 11th, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

State-Provided SAT® School Day Request to Cancel Test Scores
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/sat-school-day-cancel-scores-request-form.pdf

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.
ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ACCESS

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open
This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

Screener Update for 2017-18
The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 as it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K, but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener
The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. It is included as part of the ACCESS 2.0 system. There is nothing extra to install.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

Student records will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. They will have to be uploaded.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

It’s unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA
The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA’s website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

Online Surveys

User Experience Survey
WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

Professional Learning Survey – Data Literacy
WIDA will be designing a new professional learning offering to assist educators in applying data analysis processes and practices that reflect equity for EL. A variety of topics will be discussed based on a needs assessment from the field and data collected from previous data workshop offerings. Feedback from WIDA districts and schools is critical for the design of this professional learning opportunity. The survey is here: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etZVZv5JAP8bUqh.

DLM

Error Codes
If districts are having technical problems, please contact the Service Desk directly so they can investigate. The DLM service desk can be reached by email dlm-support@ku.edu or by phone (855) 277-9751.

District Test Coordinators
Verify that students have completed testing. A DLM Test Administration report can be downloaded in Educator Portal under the Reports tab for verification.

Teachers
The last day of the test window is May 1st, 2017.  Please complete all testing as soon as possible.

NEW - District Test Coordinator Identified in Entity Profile System
District superintendents need to identify one district test coordinator for DLM-AA by June 30th, 2017.

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Assessment update webinar; PARCC updates; SAT updates; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment4/17/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – April 21st, 2017 

Join us for a webinar on April 21st, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST 

Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

 

PARCC

 

Mobility Guidance

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/PARCC_Mobility_2017_FINAL.pdf

Irregularity Report

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10741

Post-Test Certification Form – (keep with signed security forms)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10806

Stopping Test Sessions Guidance

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10527

Student tests will not be submitted for scoring until all test units (in a session) are completed or marked complete and the session is “Stopped."

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax to Pearson)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf

Transfer Student Guidance (between school districts)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10525

Information on Returning PARCC Paper Material

Pages 42-55 in the Coordinator Manual – (remember to return Reader Scripts)

Avocet Site – PARCC Information and Documents

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/

 

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

 

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com

 

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#11128

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated April 11th, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

 

​SAT®

Test Dates
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017


ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

 

State-Provided SAT® School Day Request to Cancel Test Scores

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/sat-school-day-cancel-scores-request-form.pdf

 

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

 

​ACCESS

WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

 

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 as it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K, but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components.

The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.

Student records will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. They will have to be uploaded.

Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

 

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

 

Online Surveys

 

User Experience Survey
WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

Professional Learning Survey – Data Literacy
WIDA will be designing a new professional learning offering to assist educators in applying data analysis processes and practices that reflect equity for EL. A variety of topics will be discussed based on a needs assessment from the field and data collected from previous data workshop offerings. Feedback from WIDA districts and schools is critical for the design of this professional learning opportunity. The survey is here,  
https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etZVZv5JAP8bUqh.

 

 

DLM

 

DLM testing window closes May 1st, 2017.

 

Upload Students

Last day to upload students is April 19th, 2017.  

Students can be transferred until April 21st, 2017.

 

Technical Errors

If district staff members are having technical problems, please contact the Service Desk directly so they can investigate.  The DLM service desk can be reached by email dlm-support@ku.edu or by phone (855) 277-9751.

 

District Test Coordinators

Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.

Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.

Verify rosters are created for ELA, math, and science.

Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

 

Teachers   

Training needs to be completed as soon as possible.

First contact surveys must be completed first and as soon as possible, in order for test tickets to be generated for students.

Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

 

Rosters

Do not select a course when creating rosters for students.

Only choose English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science as the subject when creating the rosters.

Only students in 5, 8, and 11 should be on a roster for science.

District test coordinators can create one roster for each subject.

To create rosters, please access the manual at the link listed below:

http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/sites/default/files/documents/Manuals_Blueprints/Educator_Portal_User_Guide_2016-17.pdf


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Assessment update webinar; PARCC updates; SAT updates; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment4/12/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – April 14th, 2017 

Join us for a webinar on April 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST

Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

PARCC

Mobility Guidance

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/PARCC_Mobility_2017_FINAL.pdf

Irregularity Report

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10741

Post-Test Certification Form – (keep with signed security forms)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10806

Stopping Test Sessions Guidance

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10527

Student tests will not be submitted for scoring until all test units (in a session) are completed or marked complete and the session is “Stopped."

Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax to Pearson)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203

Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for entry in SIS during correction window)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf

Transfer Student Guidance (between school districts)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10525

Information on Returning PARCC Paper Material

Pages 42-55 in the Coordinator Manual – (remember to return Reader Scripts)

Avocet Site – PARCC Information and Documents

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com

PARCC Chat (recommended – on the right side of PAN home page)

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#11128

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated April 11th, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

SAT®

Test Dates
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Accommodated Test Window: April 5-18, 2017

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

State-Provided SAT® School Day Request to Cancel Test Scores

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/sat-school-day-cancel-scores-request-form.pdf

SAT® Pre-ID Guidance Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

General Practice Information:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ACCESS

NEW - WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Registration Open

This marks the fifth year for the conference, which has grown to become the largest gathering of Pre-K through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators anywhere! Lunch is back again this year, due to popular demand, and there will also be a selection of affordable pre- and post-conference institutes. Visit the registration website at www.wida.us/conference to learn more about the featured speakers, breakout sessions, agenda, pricing, and more.

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 as it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K, but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards.

The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener.  It is aligned to the WIDA standards, and available in both online and paper formats. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

Important details regarding the WIDA Screener

  • The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components.
  • The online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local staff.
  • Student records will not be pre-populated with student records as is done for the annual ACCESS assessment. They will have to be uploaded.
  • Training for the WIDA Screener is available now at www.wida.us. There are quizzes for the speaking and writing certifications.

It's unlikely that an electronic transfer option between WIDA AMS and IWAS/SIS will be available. Submit screening results to ISBE as you have in the past.

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

Online Surveys

User Experience Survey
WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

Professional Learning Survey– Data Literacy
WIDA will be designing a new professional learning offering to assist educators in applying data analysis processes and practices that reflect equity for EL. A variety of topics will be discussed based on a needs assessment from the field and data collected from previous data workshop offerings. Feedback from WIDA districts and schools is critical for the design of this professional learning opportunity. The survey is here,  
https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etZVZv5JAP8bUqh.

DLM

NEW - Error Codes

  1. The KITE system remained stable through the end of the testing day on April 7th, 2017. The Service Desk is reporting low call volume with routine topics.  If district staff members are having technical problems, please contact the Service Desk directly so they can investigate.  The DLM service desk can be reached by email dlm-support@ku.edu or by phone (855) 277-9751.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and challenge this last week presented for teachers and students.

District Test Coordinators

  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Verify rosters are created for ELA, math, and science.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

Teachers

  • Training needs to be completed as soon as possible.
  • The deadline for completing the First Contact has past. If you have not completed, please do so as soon as possible.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

Rosters

Data Lockdown

  • Districts that need to add student (s) who are not showing up in Educator Portal will need to add/update the student (s) in SIS, and complete the Upload Enrollment template found on the Illinois DLM webpage under templates.
    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/illinois
  • Once the upload enrollment is completed, send the file to “Send ISBE a File" on the ISBE webpage under “System Quick links" to Laura Quimby. Please label the file with District name and date of submission.
  • Districts can still create and edit rosters, exit students, transfer students, add users, and update users.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.
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KITE® Client and Educator Portal in Green Status
Assessment4/7/2017

As of 4:36 p.m. Central Time on April 6, 2017, KITE Client and Educator Portal are in green status and are operating normally. Districts are advised to continue testing their students.

If you experience any technical issues, contact the DLM Service Desk by email at DLM-support@ku.edu or by phone at 1-855-277-9751.

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Delays in KITE Client and Educator Portal
Assessment4/5/2017

During the past two days, many KITE Client and Educator Portal users have been experiencing delays due to an unusually high number of students testing simultaneously. Peak hours appear to be 9:00‑10:30 Central Time. Our technology team is working to reduce those delays and ensure essential testing activities are available at all times.

For the best testing experience, teachers may wish to check the status of KITE Client before logging into the system.

How to tell if it’s a good time to test a student.

Go to  http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/kite

If the status of KITE Client is green, you should be good to go. If the status is yellow, and you have the flexibility to wait, you may wish to delay testing students.

How to tell if it’s a good time to manage data or create a new report.

Go to  http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/kite

If the status of Educator Portal is green, you should be good to go. If the status is yellow, and you have the flexibility to wait, you may wish to delay managing data or obtaining new reports.

KITE Status 

System Timeout

Typically, a student can be inactive in KITE® Client for up to 90 minutes. If a student requires a break that lasts longer than 90 minutes, the system will log out automatically and the student’s responses will not be saved.

A similar principle applies when student testing is interrupted due to a timeout issue. The intended user experience is:

  • If the student is logged back in to KITE Client within 90 minutes, then responses entered should be saved. The best practice is for the teacher and student to review the testlet together from the beginning.
  • If the student is logged back in to KITE Client after 90 minutes have passed, the responses are not saved.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and challenges this presents for you and your students. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to return to an optimal testing experience within KITE.

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604
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC updates; SAT updates; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment4/4/2017

​Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – April 7st, 2017 

Join us for a webinar on April 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST  

Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

PARCC

Mobility Guidance

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/PARCC_Mobility_2017_FINAL.pdf 

Irregularity Report

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10741 

Post-Test Certification Form

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10806 

Stopping Test Sessions Guidance

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10527

Student tests will not be submitted for scoring until all test units (in a session) are completed or marked complete and the session is “Stopped." 

NEW – Form to Report Damaged or Missing Test Material (fax to Pearson)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#16203 

NEW – Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt(for entry in SIS during correction window)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/reason-no-valid-test-attmpt.pdf 

Transfer Student Guidance (between school districts)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10525 

Information on Returning PARCC Paper Material

Pages 42-55 in the Coordinator Manual – Remember to Return Reader Scripts. 

Avocet Site – PARCC Information and Documents

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home 

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/ 

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 

PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com

PARCC Chat (recommended – on the right side of PAN home page)

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf

What's New in the 5th Edition?

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#11128

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated March 21st, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/ 

SAT®

Test Dates
Initial Test Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Accommodated Test Window: April 5-18, 2017

ISBE Web Link for SAT® ​ Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT​® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

State-Provided SAT® School Day Request to Cancel Test Scores

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/sat-school-day-cancel-scores-request-form.pdf

SAT® Pre-ID Guidance Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

General Practice Information:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx 

ACCESS

Writing Task Tryouts

WIDA and CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics) are seeking teachers who work with ELs in grades 1-12, at all proficiency levels, to try out new writing tasks. It will take place April 24th -May 5th, 2017. Each teacher who returns all writing samples and secure test materials, and completes a survey will receive a $150 gift card to be used for school supplies. See https://www.isbe.net/Documents/Recruitment_ACCESSWritingTeacherTryouts.pdf.

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 as it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K, but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards. The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener. It's a newly developed placement test aligned to the WIDA standards. There are both online and paper formats. The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. However, the online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local district staff. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx.

Online Surveys - User Experience Survey
WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

Professional Learning Survey– Data Literacy
WIDA will be designing a new professional learning offering to assist educators in applying data analysis processes and practices that reflect equity for EL. A variety of topics will be discussed based on a needs assessment from the field and data collected from previous data workshop offerings. Feedback from WIDA districts and schools is critical for the design of this professional learning opportunity. The survey is here,  
https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etZVZv5JAP8bUqh. 

DLM

District Test Coordinators

  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Verify rosters are created for ELA, math, and science.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.
  • Make sure the information is updated in SIS for any new enrollments or transfers.
  • Make sure that IEP is indicated “yes" for the student in SIS. 

Teachers

  • Training needs to be completed as soon as possible.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.
  • ​Complete the first contact survey.
​​Roster​s Data Lockdown
  • ​Districts that need to add student (s) who are not showing up in Educator Portal will need to add/update the student (s) in SIS, and complete the Upload Enrollment template found on the Illinois DLM webpage under templates.
    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/illinois
  • Once the upload enrollment is completed, send the file to “Send ISBE a File" on the ISBE webpage under “System Quick links" to Laura Quimby. Please label the file with District name and date of submission.
  • Districts can still create and edit rosters, exit students, transfer students, add users, and update users.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.
NoAssessment and Accountability
603
  
Reminder: The ISBE-Sponsored SAT School Day’s primary administration is Wednesday, April 5.
Assessment3/29/2017

Reminder:

The ISBE-Sponsored SAT School Day’s primary administration is Wednesday, April 5. You should have received your initial materials by March 30. If you have not received all the necessary materials by that date, please contact College Board immediately at 1-844-688-9995 to inquire about the delivery status of your materials.

Any test center that has any questions or issues about its administration on April 5 should call the dedicated IL support line at 1-844-688-9995. Students testing with certain accommodations will continue to test between April 5 and 18, with a final make up administration on April 25.

All Test Center Supervisors MUST complete the online makeup form before 7:00 PM CST, Friday, April 7, 2017. The survey and instructions on how to complete it will be emailed to Test Center Supervisors on April 4. If you do not receive the email by April 5, please contact College Board immediately by calling 1-844-688-9995. When completing the survey, please verify your 6-digit AI code very carefully. A list of AI codes is posted online at https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT_Test_Centers.pdf, or you can contact College Board for assistance at 1-844-688-9995. Test Center Supervisors that are supervising multiple AI codes must complete a separate survey for each AI code.


NoAssessment and Accountability
602
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC updates; SAT updates; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment3/28/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – March 31st, 2017 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4674317880660504579

Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

PARCC

Mobility Guidance

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/PARCC_Mobility_2017_FINAL.pdf

Irregularity Report

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10741

Post-Test Certification Form

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10806

Stopping Test Sessions Guidance

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10527

Student tests (online tests in a session) will not be submitted for scoring until tests units are completed (or marked complete) and the session is stopped.

Transfer Student Guidance (between school districts)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10525

NEW - Information on Returning PARCC Paper Material

Pages 42-55 in the Coordinator Manual – Remember to Return Reader Scripts.

Avocet Site – PARCC Information and Documents

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com

PARCC Chat (recommended – on the right side of PAN home page)

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf

What's New in the 5th Edition?

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#11128

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated March 21st, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

SAT®

Test Dates
Initial Test Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Accommodated Test Window: April 5-18, 2017

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

NEW - State-Provided SAT® School Day Request to Cancel Test Scores

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/sat-school-day-cancel-scores-request-form.pdf

SAT® Pre-ID Guidance Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

General Practice Information:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice

SAT® Practice on Khan Academy:   https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy

Downloadable Practice Tests:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests

Downloadable Practice Tests for Assistive Technology: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-test-assistive-technology

Downloadable MP3 Practice Tests: https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities/after-approval/taking-sat-accommodations

Large font and Braille practice tests are available by contacting the College Board SSD Department at 844-255-7728 or ssd@info.collegeboard.org

SAT® General Timeline

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-general-timeline.pdf

SAT® Implementation FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf

For more detailed information on the SAT® components, go to the web link below.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ACCESS

NEW - Writing Task Tryouts

WIDA and CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics) are seeking teachers who work with ELs in grades 1-12, at all proficiency levels, to try out new writing tasks. It will take place April 24th -May 5th, 2017. Each teacher who returns all writing samples and secure test materials, and completes a survey will receive a $150 gift card to be used for school supplies.

Participants will receive a packet of Writing Tryout materials from CAL. This will include administration instructions, response booklets, and a short online survey about the tasks.

  • You will identify 10–20 students to participate in the Tryouts and collect parental permission forms beforehand.
  • In small groups of 5, students will spend about 30 minutes responding to the writing tasks:
    • Students in Grades 1–3 will view and respond to tasks using a printed booklet. CAL will provide the booklets to you.
    • Students in Grades 4–12 will view Writing tasks on the computer and respond in a printed booklet. CAL will provide you with instructions for setting up the testing system using Google Chrome and provide booklets for each student.
  • After the Tryouts, you will complete a short online survey about the Writing tasks and return all Tryout materials and responses to CAL.

The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

Next Steps:
Email Tanya Bitterman (tbitterman@cal.org) by April 7th, 2017. In your email, please indicate:

  • Your school, school district name, and state
  • Total number of students you have who could participate
  • The number of potential student participants at each grade cluster and proficiency range (levels 1–3, levels 4–5, and exited); please fill out the table below and include it in your response  
Number of potential student participants
Grade ClusterProficiency range 1–3 Proficiency range 4–5 Exited EL Services
1    
2-3    
4-5    
6-8    
9-12    

After receiving this information, CAL will contact you directly to confirm participation. 

Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 as it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K, but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards. The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener. It's a newly developed placement test aligned to the WIDA standards. There are both online and paper formats. The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. However, the online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local district staff. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

User Experience Online Survey for 2016-17

WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

DLM

District Test Coordinators

  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Verify rosters are created for ELA, math, and science.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

Teachers

  • Training needs to be completed as soon as possible.
  • The deadline for completing the First Contact has past. If you have not completed, please do so as soon as possible.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

Rosters

Data Lockdown

  • Districts that need to add student (s) who are not showing up in Educator Portal will need to add/update the student (s) in SIS, and complete the Upload Enrollment template found on the Illinois DLM webpage under templates. http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/illinois
  • Once the upload enrollment is completed, send the file to “Send ISBE a File" on the ISBE webpage under “System Quick links" to Laura Quimby. Please label the file with District name and date of submission.
  • Districts can still create and edit rosters, exit students, transfer students, add users, and update users.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.
NoAssessment and Accountability
601
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC updates; SAT updates; ACCESS; DLM;
Assessment3/20/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – March 24th, 2017 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/602404110494796546

Recorded Assessment Webinars

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Assessment-Communications.aspx

PARCC

NEW – PARCC Mobility Guidance

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/PARCC_Mobility_2017_FINAL.pdf

NEW – Irregularity Report

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10741

NEW – Post-Test Certification Form

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10806

Stopping Test Sessions Guidance

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10527

Transfer Student Guidance (between school districts)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10525

Avocet Site – PARCC Information and Documents

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com

PARCC Chat (recommended – on the right side of PAN home page)

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf

What's New in the 5th Edition?

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#11128

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated March 14th, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

SAT®

ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® Pre-ID Guidance Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

General Practice Information:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice

SAT® Practice on Khan Academy:   https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy

Downloadable Practice Tests:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests

Downloadable Practice Tests for Assistive Technology: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-test-assistive-technology

Downloadable MP3 Practice Tests: https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities/after-approval/taking-sat-accommodations

Large font and Braille practice tests are available by contacting the College Board SSD Department at 844-255-7728 or ssd@info.collegeboard.org

SAT® General Timeline

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-general-timeline.pdf

SAT® Implementation FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf

For more detailed information on the SAT® components, go to the web link below.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ACCESS

NEW - Screener Update for 2017-18

The W-APT screening tool is being phased out. It will not be available for use after 2016-17 as it is not aligned to the new WIDA performance standards. Illinois will continue to use the MODEL for K, but not for higher grade levels due to misalignment with the new standards. The new English language screening tool for grades 1-12, in Illinois, will be the WIDA Screener. It's a newly developed placement test aligned to the WIDA standards. There are both online and paper formats. The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. However, the online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local district staff. The online WIDA Screener will be available at no cost to WIDA member districts. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store.

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA recently re-examined the ACCESS performance standards and made changes. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to get more right answers in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. Information is on WIDA's website. More information is available on the WIDA website, https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. WIDA held webinars on March 10th and 14th to explain these changes, and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. A recording is posted here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/video/2017ACCESSforELLs20ScoreChanges3.10.17.aspx  (61:40).

User Experience Online Survey for 2016-17

WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

DLM

District Test Coordinators

  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Verify rosters are created for ELA, math, and science.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

Teachers

  • Training needs to be completed as soon as possible.
  • The deadline for completing the First Contact has past. If you have not completed, please do so as soon as possible.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

Rosters

Data Lockdown

  • Districts that need to add student (s) who are not showing up in Educator Portal will need to add/update the student (s) in SIS, and complete the Upload Enrollment template found on the Illinois DLM webpage under templates.

    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/illinois
  • Once the upload enrollment is completed, send the file to “Send ISBE a File" on the ISBE webpage under “System Quick links" to Laura Quimby. Please label the file with District name and date of submission.
  • Districts can still create and edit rosters, exit students, transfer students, add users, and update users.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.
NoAssessment and Accountability
600
  
Assessment update webinar; PARCC updates; SAT Administration Manuals posted, 2017 Important Dates; ISA faq; ACCESS; DLM; KIDS assessment; IL Physical Fitness Assessment.
Assessment3/14/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – March 17th, 2017 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2513595012993718019

PARCC

Update student demographics and enroll/exit students in/from SIS.

NEW - Stopping Test Sessions Guide

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10527

Transfer Student Guidance (between school districts)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10525

Avocet Site – PARCC Information and Documents

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com

PARCC Chat (recommended – on the right side of PAN home page)

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf

What's New in the 5th Edition?

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#11128

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated March 8th, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

SAT®

ISBE web link for SAT® information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

Getting Ready for the ISBE-Provided SAT School Day Webinar: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Join ISBE and the College Board for a webinar focused on preparing for the April 5th, 2017, SAT administration. The webinar will include in-depth information about using rosters, addressing students who aren't already registered, and preparing for test day. Submit questions in advance via email to ilsat@collegeboard.org with Subject: “Webinar Questions" to ensure topics critical to your preparedness are addressed. Time for a live Q&A session is included. Two sessions will be offered, covering the same information. Register by selecting the session time below. The webinar will be recorded and posted for those unable to attend.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 2:30-4:00 PM

SAT® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® Pre-ID Guidance Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

List of Established Test Centers for 2017 SAT® Administration

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT_Test_Centers.pdf

General Practice Information:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice

SAT® Practice on Khan Academy:   https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy

Downloadable Practice Tests:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests

Downloadable Practice Tests for Assistive Technology: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-test-assistive-technology

Downloadable MP3 Practice Tests: https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities/after-approval/taking-sat-accommodations

Large font and Braille practice tests are available by contacting the College Board SSD Department at 844-255-7728 or ssd@info.collegeboard.org

SAT® General Timeline

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-general-timeline.pdf

SAT® Implementation FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf

For more detailed information on the SATÒ components, go to the web link below.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ACCESS

Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA has recently changed the way ACCESS scale scores map to the proficiency levels in each domain. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to earn higher scale scores in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. WIDA is offering a webinar on March 14th  that will explain these changes and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. Information and links to the webinars are on WIDA's website. https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website for later viewing.

March 14, 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT

User Experience Online Survey for 2016-17

WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

DLM

District Test Coordinators

  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Verify rosters are created for ELA, math, and science.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

Teachers

  • Training needs to be completed as soon as possible.
  • Complete the First Contact survey for the students on your roster by March 14th, 2017.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

Rosters

Data Lockdown

  • Districts that need to add student (s) who are not showing up in Educator Portal will need to add/update the student (s) in SIS, and complete the Upload Enrollment template found on the Illinois DLM webpage under templates.
    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/illinois
  • Once the upload enrollment is completed, send the file to “Send ISBE a File" on the ISBE webpage under “System Quick links" to Laura Quimby. Please label the file with District name and date of submission. The attached PDF document provides instructions to complete this step.
  • Districts can still create and edit rosters, exit students, transfer students, add users, and update users.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.

KIDS

This assessment is coordinated by the Early Childhood Division – 217-524-4835.

Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment

This assessment is coordinated by the Nutrition & Wellness Programs Division.
Contact - Mrs. Shawn Backs, sbacks@isbe.net

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This message is a follow-up to the PARCC Update 3-7-17 message.  All PARCC testing is live, ongoing, and proceeding as scheduled.
Assessment3/8/2017

Good morning,

This message is a follow-up to the PARCC Update 3-7-17 message.  All PARCC testing is live, ongoing, and proceeding as scheduled.

Yesterday the Irregularity Resolution Role for users in Pearson Access Next was disabled. This role had two primary abilities:

  1. The ability to undo a student test submission, and
  2. The ability to void unit.

The undo student test submission functionality is useful for districts to have, and Pearson is working to restore this functionality by introducing a role that only has this ability. Introducing this role will take approximately 7-10 business days.

The void unit functionality was being used incorrectly, in ways that were problematic for districts and resulted in students needing to be retested. To avoid ongoing issues, the Irregularity Resolution Role was disabled to remove this functionality.

​Please continue all testing as planned. While the Undo Student Test Submission functionality is temporarily unavailable, please contact ISBE by email at assessment@isbe.net or by calling 1-888-317-6034 if you need a student's test re-opened.

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The Irregularity Resolution Role is being disabled for all Illinois users.
Assessment3/7/2017

​Effective Immediately: The Irregularity Resolution Role is being disabled for all Illinois users, as it is being consistently used incorrectly and creating problems for districts and students. As a part of disabling this role, districts will TEMPORARILY be unable to undo a student test submission, if this is needed. For the immediate time, if you need to undo a test submission, please call or email ISBE at 1-888-317-6034 or assessment@isbe.net and staff will do it for you.  Pearson will work to re-establish this functionality over the next 7-10 business days. 

The Pearson Call Center is receiving numerous calls regarding this error:  3005 – TestNav has detected another application attempting to become the active window. Please run App Check to prevent this issue.​​

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Illinois Science Assessment 2017 Start of Test Window Update
Assessment3/2/2017

Illinois Science Assessment

2017

Start of Test Window Update


The Illinois spring testing season started yesterday, March 1! The testing window opened for the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) with approximately 2,250 students completing the assessment. ISBE has added many new resources to the ISA webpage (https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx) to help administrators and educators with ISA administration.

Trending questions from the first day of testing include:

  • User Accounts: ISBE purged the 2016 users and loaded new 2017 accounts based on data in the Entity Profile System (EPS) pulled from the organization administrator and test coordinator fields. If you cannot access the system, please contact your central office or principal, depending on the level of access required. See the user guide for information on how to build accounts (begins on page 9).
  • SEBs: Find the SEB (Safe Exam Browser) and other technical resources under the Assessment Technology Requirements section of ISBE's ISA webpage.
  • Assessment Contacts:

Dan Brown, General questions, dabrown@isbe.net

Wes Bruce, IT questions, wesbruce3@gmail.com

Butch Wilson, IT questions (Chromebooks app lead), bwilson@ltc6.org

Jamey Baiter, User questions, JBAITER@isbe.net

David Hope, Rostering questions, dhope@isbe.net

Laura Quimby, SPED questions, lquimby@isbe.net

Assessment Main Line, 1-866-317-6034

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Assessment2/27/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – March 3rd, 2017 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8623980250936678402

PARCC

The Final Upload of Student Records to PAN (from SIS) Has Occurred.

Important Dates

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017: additional order window open

Monday, February 27th, 2017: tests can be pre-cache tests.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017: sessions can be “prepared."

See Pearson Bulletin (link in this document) for more instructions.

Monday, March 6th, 2017: testing window opens

Update student demographics and enroll/exit students in/from SIS.

 

NEW - Transfer Student Guidance (between school districts)

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#10525

Avocet Site – PARCC Information and Documents

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home

PARCC/Pearson Home Page

https://parcc.pearson.com/

 

PARCC Help Center Contact

Monday - Friday

5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT)

PARCC Customer Support
1-888-493-9888 
PARCC E-mail

parcc@support.pearson.com

PARCC Chat (recommended – on the right side of PAN home page)

 

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

 

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf

What's New in the 5th Edition?

 

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#11128

 

PARCC Practice Tests

https://parcc.pearson.com/

 

PARCC Released Items

https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items

Items from the 2016 assessments are available at this site.

 

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated February 14th, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

 

​SAT®

ISBE web link for SAT® information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

 

NEW - Getting Ready for the ISBE-Provided SAT School Day Webinar: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Join ISBE and the College Board for a webinar focused on preparing for the April 5th, 2017, SAT administration. The webinar will include in-depth information about using rosters, addressing students who aren't already registered, and preparing for test day. Submit questions in advance via email to ilsat@collegeboard.org with Subject: “Webinar Questions" to ensure topics critical to your preparedness are addressed. Time for a live Q&A session is included. Two sessions will be offered, covering the same information. Register by selecting the session time below. The webinar will be recorded and posted for those unable to attend.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 9:00-10:30 AM

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 2:30-4:00 PM

 

SAT® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

 

SAT® Pre-ID Guidance Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

 

List of Established Test Centers for 2017 SAT® Administration

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT_Test_Centers.pdf

 

General Practice Information:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice

 

SAT®Practice on Khan Academy:   https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy

 

Downloadable Practice Tests:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests

 

Downloadable Practice Tests for Assistive Technology: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-test-assistive-technology

 

Downloadable MP3 Practice Tests: https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities/after-approval/taking-sat-accommodations

 

Large font and Braille practice tests are available by contacting the College Board SSD Department at 844-255-7728 or ssd@info.collegeboard.org

 

SAT®General Timeline

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-general-timeline.pdf

 

SAT® Implementation FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf

 

For more detailed information on the SATÒ components, go to the web link below.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

 

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT®​ Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

 

ISA Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

 

ACCESS

NEW - Proficiency Level Changes by WIDA

The Illinois English proficiency criteria for ACCESS testing (5.0 overall and 4.2 in reading and writing) were implemented in SY 2013-14 and remain unchanged for SY 2016-17. However, WIDA has recently changed the way ACCESS scale scores map to the proficiency levels in each domain. Most WIDA Proficiency levels (1.0 through 6.0) will require students to earn higher scale scores in 2016-17 than in previous years. This was done in response to the national trend of states adopting more rigorous academic achievement standards for college and career readiness. WIDA is offering webinars on March 10th  and 14th  that will explain these changes and suggest ways to communicate their impact to students, families, administrators, and other educators. Information and links to the webinars are on WIDA's website.

 

https://www.wida.us/Assessment/ACCESS%202.0/proficiency.aspx.

March 10, 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT
March 14, 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT

 

NEW - User Experience Online Survey for 2016-17

WIDA would like to gather feedback from educators in Illinois regarding their experience with the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. The ACCESS 2.0 LEA Survey contains questions specific to the roles of Test Coordinator, Test Administrator, and Technology Coordinator and targets the topics of customer service, training, and technology. https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe1/form/SV_8IjdLkhPtd7huVT

 

DLM

District Test Coordinators

  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Verify rosters are created for ELA, math, and science.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

 

Teachers                                                          

  • Training needs to be completed as soon as possible.
  • Complete the First Contact survey for the students on your roster by March 14th, 2017.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

     
    Rosters
  • Do not select a course when creating rosters for students.
  • Only choose English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science as the subject when creating the rosters.
  • Only students in 5, 8, and 11 should be roster for science.
  • District test coordinators can create one roster for each subject.
  • To create rosters, please access the manual at the link listed below:

    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/sites/default/files/documents/Manuals_Blueprints/Educator_Portal_User_Guide_2016-17.pdf

     

    Data Lockdown
  • Districts that need to add student (s) who are not showing up in Educator Portal will need to add/update the student (s) in SIS, and complete the Upload Enrollment template found on the Illinois DLM webpage under templates.

    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/illinois
  • Once the upload enrollment is completed, send the file to “Send ISBE a File" on the ISBE webpage under “System Quick links" to Laura Quimby. Please label the file with District name and date of submission. The attached PDF document provides instructions to complete this step.
  • Districts can still create and edit rosters, exit students, transfer students, add users, and update users.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.

     

    Instructionally Embedded Assessment
  • The test window for instructionally embedded is January 3rd - February 28th, 2017.
  • Information to set up an instructional tool plan can be found here starting on page 62.

 

​KIDS

This assessment is coordinated by the Early Childhood Division – 217-524-4835.

 

Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment

This assessment is coordinated by the Nutrition & Wellness Programs Division.

Contact - Mrs. Shawn Backs, sbacks@isbe.net

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Assessment2/15/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – February 17th, 2017 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6768442228590593027

PARCC

NEW - The 3rd Upload of Student Records to PAN Has Occurred.

Important Dates

Friday, February 17th and 24th, 2017: SIS sends updates and
Session Name (“Online" format records only, if populated) to PAN.

Friday, February 22nd, 2017: additional order window opens

Monday, March 6th, 2017: testing window opens

On or before Friday, February 24th, 2017, update all student demographic and test data in SIS.

After Friday, February 24th, 2017, update student test information in PAN.
Continue to update demographics and enroll/exit students in/from SIS.

Translated directions are scheduled to be posted February 15th on Avocet.

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf

What's New in the 5th Edition?

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#11128

The 2017 PARCC Administration will have the same number of test units as in 2016. In addition, the unit times will remain the same.

PARCC Practice Tests

https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Released Items

https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items

Items from the 2016 assessments are available at this site.

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated January 31st, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

SAT®

SAT® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® Pre-ID Guidance Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

List of Established Test Centers for 2017 SAT Administration

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT_Test_Centers.pdf

2017 Important Dates

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017: Deadline for school staff to submit to College Board for approved accommodations requests

ISBE web link for SAT® information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® General Timeline

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-general-timeline.pdf

SAT® FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf

For more detailed information on the SAT® components, go to the web link below.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ACCESS

ACCESS Returning Paper Material

The primary ACCESS testing window for 2016-17 ended Friday, February 10th, 2017. Any paper materials should be picked up by UPS by Friday, February 17th, 2017. Late arriving paper tests will be scored, but the results may not be available for ACCESS data corrections, scheduled for May 8th – 26th, 2017.

ACCESS Tier Re-assignment

Tier re-assignments of the online speaking and/or writing assessments are available by contacting ISBE.  The process for requesting them is to submit the student information to ISBE via the  Send ISBE a file function. It can be found on the ISBE home page under Quick Links.

The student information needed for the request includes:
First Name
Last Name
State ID
Date of Birth
Grade
Domain of Tier Request (writing and/or speaking)
Tier Requested

Select ISBE eMail Name “Barry Pedersen" from the drop-down list, and attach your file containing the student information. In the Subject line, enter “Online ACCESS Tier Re-assignment" and your district name.

Note that tier re-assignment cannot be made after the domain has been administered. Also, tier re-assignments are not necessary for paper administrations of writing (e.g., grades 1-3). Simply administer the appropriate tier; it need not match the Tier Placement Report.

ACCESS Additional Material Window

The final day for ordering additional ACCESS materials is February 17th, 2017. Additional materials are ordered in WIDA AMS under – All Applications>Materials>Additional Materials.

ACCESS All-In-One Installation of the Testing Site Manager (TSM)

For districts or schools interested in one-on-one ACCESS administrations with the online format, there is a procedure for installing all of the necessary software on a single machine. Documentation is available for MACs and Windows. There is also a recorded webinar addressing this topic.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars/Q&A Sessions Began in September

WIDA and DRC are offering webinars to support educators with the preparation and administration of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

The full webinar schedule for September 2016 through June 2017 is online here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/access%202.0/documents/ACCESSWebinarCalendar.pdf. Recordings of past webinars may be found here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS%202.0/WebinarRecordings.aspx.

DLM

District Test Coordinators

  • All users need to be entered into DLM as soon as possible in order for the required training to be completed on time.
  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

Teachers

  • Training needs to be completed as soon as possible.
  • Complete the First Contact survey for the students on your roster by March 14th, 2017.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

Rosters

NEW - Data Lockdown

  • Districts that need to add student (s) who are not showing up in Educator Portal will need to add/update the student (s) in SIS, and complete the Upload Enrollment template found on the Illinois DLM webpage under templates.
  • http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/illinois
  • Once the upload enrollment is completed, send the file to “Send ISBE a File" on the ISBE webpage under “System Quick links" to Laura Quimby. Please label the file with District name and date of submission. The attached PDF document provides instructions to complete this step.
  • Districts can still create roster and edit rosters, exit students, transfer students, add users, and update users.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.

    Instructionally Embedded Assessment
  • The test window for instructionally embedded is January 3rd - February 28th, 2017.
  • Information to set up an instructional tool plan can be found here starting on page 62.

KIDS

This assessment is coordinated by the Early Childhood Division – 217-524-4835.

Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment

This assessment is coordinated by the Nutrition & Wellness Programs Division.

Contact - Mrs. Shawn Backs, sbacks@isbe.net

 


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Assessment2/7/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – February 10th, 2017 

Join us for a webinar on Feb 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST  

PARCC

PARCC Test Coordinators Webinar

Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Staff from the Student Assessment Division, SIS, and Pearson will participate. Topics discussed will pertain exclusively to PARCC administration. You can sign-up for the webinar at the link below.

Registration link below

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8768903579374130690

NEW - The 2nd Upload of Student Records to PAN Has Occurred.

Important Dates

Friday, February 10th, 2017: SIS sends updates to PAN.

Friday, February 17th and 24th, 2017: SIS sends updates and Session Name (“Online" format records only, if populated) to PAN.

Friday, February 22nd, 2017: additional order window opens

Monday, March 6th, 2017: testing window opens

On or before Friday, February 24th, 2017, update all student demographic and test data in SIS.
After Friday, February 24th, 2017 update student test information in PAN.
Continue to update demographics and enroll/exit students in/from SIS.

Translated directions are scheduled to be posted February 15th on Avocet.

PARCC Pre-ID Information in SIS

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723
http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf
What's New in the 5th Edition?

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

The 2017 PARCC Administration will have the same number of test units as in 2016. In addition, the unit times will remain the same.

PARCC Practice Tests

https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Released Items

https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items

Items from the 2016 assessments are available at this site.

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated January 31st, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

SAT®

SAT® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

2017 SAT® Pre-ID Information in SIS

SAT® Pre-ID Guidance Document
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

UPDATED - List of Established Test Centers for 2017 SAT Administration
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT_Test_Centers.pdf

2017 Important Dates

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017: Deadline for school staff to submit to College Board for approved accommodations requests

General Practice Information:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice

SAT® Practice on Khan Academy:   https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy

Downloadable Practice Tests:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests

Downloadable Practice Tests for Assistive Technology: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-test-assistive-technology

Downloadable MP3 Practice Tests: https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities/after-approval/taking-sat-accommodations

Large font and Braille practice tests are available by contacting the College Board SSD Department at 844-255-7728 or ssd@info.collegeboard.org

ISBE web link for SAT® information
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT® General Timeline
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-general-timeline.pdf

SAT® FAQ Document
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf

For more detailed information on the SAT® components, go to the web link below.
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ACCESS

NEW - ACCESS Returning Paper Material

The primary ACCESS testing window for 2016-17 ends Friday, February 10th, 2017. Any paper materials should be picked up by UPS by Friday, February 17th, 2017. Late arriving paper tests will be scored, but the results may not be available for ACCESS data corrections, scheduled for May 8th – 26th, 2017.

ACCESS Tier Re-assignment

Tier re-assignments of the online speaking and/or writing assessments are available by contacting ISBE.  The process for requesting them is to submit the student information to ISBE via the  Send ISBE a file function. It can be found on the ISBE home page under Quick Links.

The student information needed for the request includes:

First Name
Last Name
State ID
Date of Birth
Grade
Domain of Tier Request (writing and/or speaking)
Tier Requested

Select ISBE eMail Name “Barry Pedersen" from the drop-down list, and attach your file containing the student information. In the Subject line, enter “Online ACCESS Tier Re-assignment" and your district name.

Note that tier re-assignment cannot be made after the domain has been administered. Also, tier re-assignments are not necessary for paper administrations of writing (e.g., grades 1-3). Simply administer the appropriate tier; it need not match the Tier Placement Report.

ACCESS Additional Material Window

The final day for ordering additional ACCESS materials is February 17th, 2017. Additional materials are ordered in WIDA AMS under – All Applications>Materials>Additional Materials.

ACCESS All-In-One Installation of the Testing Site Manager (TSM)

For districts or schools interested in one-on-one ACCESS administrations with the online format, there is a procedure for installing all of the necessary software on a single machine. Documentation is available for MACs and Windows. There is also a recorded webinar addressing this topic.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars/Q&A Sessions Began in September

WIDA and DRC are offering webinars to support educators with the preparation and administration of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

The full webinar schedule for September 2016 through June 2017 is online here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/access%202.0/documents/ACCESSWebinarCalendar.pdf. Recordings of past webinars may be found here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS%202.0/WebinarRecordings.aspx.

DLM

DLM-AA Pre-ID Information in SIS

District Test Coordinators

  • All users need to be entered into DLM as soon as possible in order for the required training to be completed on time.
  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

Teachers

  • All training needs to be completed by January 27th, 2017. 
  • Complete the First Contact survey for the students on your roster by March 14th, 2017.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

Rosters NEW - Data Lockdown
  • Data lockdown began February 6th, 2017.
  • Districts that need to add students: continue to add the students in SIS and complete the Upload Enrollment template located here.
  • Once the upload enrollment is completed, send the file to “Send ISBE a File" on the ISBE webpage under “System Quick links" to Laura Quimby. Please label the file with District name and date of submission.
  • Districts can still create roster and edit rosters, exit students, transfer students, add users, and update users.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.
Instructionally Embedded Assessment
  • The test window for instructionally embedded is January 3rd - February 28th, 2017.
  • Information to set up an instructional tool plan can be found here starting on page 62.
  • Instructionally Embedded Resources:
    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/erp_ye

KIDS

This assessment is coordinated by the Early Childhood Division – 217-524-4835.

Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment

This assessment is coordinated by the Nutrition & Wellness Programs Division.

Contact - Mrs. Shawn Backs, sbacks@isbe.net

 


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Assessment2/1/2017

Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – February 3rd, 2017 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2179834958835608579

PARCC

NEW - PARCC Test Coordinators Webinar

Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Staff from the Student Assessment Division, SIS, and Pearson will participate. Topics discussed will pertain exclusively to PARCC administration. You can sign-up for the webinar at the link below.

Registration link below

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8768903579374130690 

NEW - Student Records Are Loaded in PAN (Pearson Access Next). 


Important Dates 

Friday, February 3rd, 2017: SIS sends updates to PAN.

Friday, February 10th, 2017: SIS sends updates to PAN.

Friday, February 17th and 24th, 2017: SIS sends updates and
Session Name (“Online" format records only, if populated) to PAN.

Friday, February 22nd, 2017: additional order window opens

Monday, March 6th, 2017: testing window opens  

NEW - On or before Friday, February 24th, 2017, update all student demographic and test data in SIS.

After Friday, February 24th, 2017 update student test information in PAN.
Continue to update demographics and enroll/exit students in/from SIS.

NEW - Translated directions are scheduled to be posted February 15th on Avocet. 

PARCC Pre-ID Information in SIS

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724


PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf

What's New in the 5th Edition?

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

The 2017 PARCC Administration will have the same number of test units as in 2016. In addition, the unit times will remain the same.

PARCC Practice Tests

https://parcc.pearson.com/

 

PARCC Released Items

https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items

Items from the 2016 assessments are available at this site.

 

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated January 10th, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

 

​SAT®

SAT® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

 

2017 SAT® Pre-ID Information in SIS

·  Pre-ID Data Elements

·  Pre-ID Excel Templates

SAT®​ Pre-ID Guidance Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

 

​2017 Important Dates

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017: Deadline for school staff to submit to College Board for approved accommodations requests

 

ISBE web link for SAT® information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

​SAT®General Timeline

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-general-timeline.pdf

SAT® FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf

For more detailed information on the SAT® components, go to the web link below.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

 

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org


ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

 

​ACCESS

NEW - ACCESS Tier Re-assignment

Tier re-assignments of the online speaking and/or writing assessments are available by contacting ISBE.  The process for requesting them is to submit the student information to ISBE via the  Send ISBE a file function. It can be found on the ISBE home page under Quick Links.

The student information needed for the request includes:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • State ID
  • Date of Birth
  • Grade
  • Domain of Tier Request (writing and/or speaking)
  • Tier Requested
  • Select ISBE eMail Name “Barry Pedersen" from the drop-down list, and attach your file containing the student information. In the Subject line, enter “Online ACCESS Tier Re-assignment" and your district name.

Note that tier re-assignment cannot be made after the domain has been administered. Also, tier re-assignments are not necessary for paper administrations of writing (e.g., grades 1-3). Simply administer the appropriate tier; it need not match the Tier Placement Report.

 

ACCESS Additional Material Window

The window for ordering additional ACCESS materials is open. The final day for placing additional orders is February 17th, 2017. Additional materials are ordered in WIDA AMS under All Applications>Materials>Additional Materials.

 

ACCESS All-In-One Installation of the Testing Site Manager (TSM)

For districts or schools interested in one-on-one ACCESS administrations with the online format, there is a procedure for installing all of the necessary software on a single machine. Documentation is available for MACs and Windows. There is also a recorded webinar addressing this topic.

 

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars/Q&A Sessions Began in September

WIDA and DRC are offering webinars to support educators with the preparation and administration of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

The full webinar schedule for September 2016 through June 2017 is online here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/access%202.0/documents/ACCESSWebinarCalendar.pdf. Recordings of past webinars may be found here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS%202.0/WebinarRecordings.aspx.

 

DLM

DLM-AA Pre-ID Information in SIS

 

District Test Coordinators

  • All users need to be entered into DLM as soon as possible in order for the required training to be completed on time.
  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

 

Teachers

  • All training needs to be completed by January 27th, 2017. 
  • Complete the First Contact survey for the students on your roster by March 14th, 2017.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

Rosters​​​

Data Lockdown

  • Data lockdown begins February 6th, 2017.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.

Instructionally Embedded Assessment

  • ​The test window for instructionally embedded is January 3rd - February 28th, 2017.
  • Information to set up an instructional tool plan can be found here starting on page 62.

Instructionally Embedded Resources:

http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/erp_ye

KIDS

This assessment is coordinated by the Early Childhood Division – 217-524-4835.

 

Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment

This assessment is coordinated by the Nutrition & Wellness Programs Division.

Contact - Mrs. Shawn Backs, sbacks@isbe.net

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Assessment1/24/2017

​Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – January 27th, 2017 

Registration link - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1091480075476619011 

PARCC 

NEW - PARCC Test Coordinator Webinar

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Staff from the Student Assessment Division, SIS, and Pearson will participate. Topics discussed will pertain exclusively to PARCC administration. You can sign-up for the webinar at the link below.

Registration link below

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8768903579374130690

Important Dates

Friday, January 20th, 2017: First capture of student data in SIS, including test details, to be sent to Pearson Access Next (PAN). Orders for paper material are created from this upload of data.

(No later than) Monday, January 30th, 2017: Districts may view student data captured from SIS on January 20th in PAN.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017: SIS sends updates to PAN.

Friday, February 10th, 2017: SIS sends updates to PAN.

Friday, February 17th and 24th, 2017: SIS sends updates and
Session Name (“Online" format records only, if populated) to PAN.

Friday, February 22nd, 2017: additional order window opens

Monday, March 6th, 2017: testing window opens 

PARCC Pre-ID Information in SIS

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf 

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

 

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf

What's New in the 5th Edition? 

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy 

The 2017 PARCC Administration will have the same number of test units as in 2016. In addition, the unit times will remain the same. 

PARCC Practice Tests

https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Released Items

https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items

Items from the 2016 assessments are available at this site. 

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated January 10th, 2017.

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

 

SAT®

NEW - SAT® Administration Manuals Posted

Listed under 2016-17 SAT® Information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

 

2017 SAT® Pre-ID Information in SIS

·  Pre-ID Data Elements

·  Pre-ID Excel Templates

SAT® Pre-ID Guidance Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT%20and%20DLM-AA%20Pre-ID_FINAL.pdf

​Listing of Established Test Centers for 2017 SAT Administration

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT_Test_Centers.pdf

 

2017 Important Dates

Friday, January 20th, 2017: SIS will provide data (in the 2017 SAT Pre-ID file) to College Board to derive test materials orders and Pre-ID label production.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017: Deadline for school staff to submit to College Board for approved accommodations requests 

General Practice Information:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice 

SAT®​ Practice on Khan Academy:   https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy 

Downloadable Practice Tests:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests 

Downloadable Practice Tests for Assistive Technology: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-test-assistive-technology 

Downloadable MP3 Practice Tests: https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities/after-approval/taking-sat-accommodations 

Large font and Braille practice tests are available by contacting the College Board SSD Department at 844-255-7728 or ssd@info.collegeboard.org 

ISBE web link for SAT®​ information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx 

SAT® General Timeline

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-general-timeline.pdf 

SAT® FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf 

For more detailed information on the SAT® components, go to the web link below.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications 

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org 

 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017. 

ISA FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx 

 

ACCESS

NEW - ACCESS Tier Re-assignment

Tier re-assignments of the online speaking and/or writing assessments are available by contacting ISBE.  The process for requesting them is to submit the student information to ISBE via the  Send ISBE a file function. It can be found on the ISBE home page under Quick Links.

The student information needed for the request includes: 

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • State ID
  • Date of Birth
  • Grade
  • Domain of Tier Request (writing and/or speaking)
  • Tier Requested 

Select ISBE eMail Name “Barry Pedersen" from the drop-down list, and attach your file containing the student information. In the Subject line, enter “Online ACCESS Tier Re-assignment" and your district name. 

Note that tier re-assignment cannot be made after the domain has been administered. Also, tier re-assignments are not necessary for paper administrations of writing (e.g., grades 1-3). Simply administer the appropriate tier; it need not match the Tier Placement Report.

ACCESS Additional Material Window

The window for ordering additional ACCESS materials is open. The final day for placing additional orders is February 17th, 2017. Additional materials are ordered in WIDA AMS under All Applications>Materials>Additional Materials. 

ACCESS All-In-One Installation of the Testing Site Manager (TSM)

For districts or schools interested in one-on-one ACCESS administrations with the online format, there is a procedure for installing all of the necessary software on a single machine. Documentation is available for MACs and Windows. There is also a recorded webinar addressing this topic. 

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars/Q&A Sessions Began in September

WIDA and DRC are offering webinars to support educators with the preparation and administration of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

The full webinar schedule for September 2016 through June 2017 is online here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/access%202.0/documents/ACCESSWebinarCalendar.pdf. Recordings of past webinars may be found here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS%202.0/WebinarRecordings.aspx. 

DLM

DLM-AA Pre-ID Information in SIS

·  Pre-ID Data Elements

·  Pre-ID Excel Templates 

District Test Coordinators

  • All users need to be entered into DLM as soon as possible in order for the required training to be completed on time.
  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal for your school.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated. 

Teachers                                                          

  • All training needs to be completed by January 27th, 2017. 
  • Complete the First Contact survey for the students on your roster by March 14th, 2017.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.
 Rosters
Data Lockdown
  • Data lockdown begins February 6th, 2017.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean. 
Instructionally Embedded Assessment
  • The test window for instructionally embedded is January 3rd - February 28th, 2017.
  • Information to set up an instructional tool plan can be found here starting on page 62.
  • Instructionally Embedded Resources:
    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/erp_ye

​KIDS

This assessment is coordinated by the Early Childhood Division – 217-524-4835.  

Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment

This assessment is coordinated by the Nutrition & Wellness Programs Division.

Contact - Mrs. Shawn Backs, sbacks@isbe.net


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Assessment1/17/2017
​Illinois Assessment Update Webinars  


PARCC

Important Dates
Friday, January 20th, 2017: First capture of student data in SIS, including test details, to be sent to Pearson Access Next (PAN). Orders for paper material are created from this upload of data.

(No later than) Monday, January 30th, 2017: Districts may view student data captured from SIS on January 20th in PAN.
Friday, February 3rd, 2017: SIS sends updates to PAN.
Friday, February 10th, 2017: SIS sends updates to PAN.
Friday, February 17th and 24th, 2017: SIS sends updates and Session Name (“Online” format records only, if populated) to PAN.
Friday, February 22nd, 2017: additional order window opens
Monday, March 6th, 2017: testing window opens

PARCC Pre-ID Information in SIS

Test Coordinator Manual

Test Administrator Manuals

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)


The 2017 PARCC Administration will have the same number of test units as in 2016. In addition, the unit times will remain the same.

PARCC Practice Tests

PARCC Released Items
Items from the 2016 assessments are available at this site.

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin
The most recent bulletin is dated January 10th, 2017.


SAT®
2018 ISBE-Sponsored SAT® Test Dates Announced 
  • Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 
  • Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 
  • Accommodated Test Window: April 10th - 23rd, 2018 

2017 SAT Pre-ID Information in SIS

NEW – SAT Pre-ID Guidance Document

NEW – Listing of Established Test Centers for 2017 SAT Administration

2017 Important Dates
Friday, January 20th, 2017: SIS will provide data (in the 2017 SAT Pre-ID file) to College Board to derive test materials orders and Pre-ID label production.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017: Deadline for school staff to submit to College Board for approved accommodations requests

NEW



Downloadable Practice Tests for Assistive Technology:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-test-assistive-technology


Large font and Braille practice tests are available by contacting the College Board SSD Department at 844-255-7728 or ssd@info.collegeboard.org​

ISBE web link for SAT® ​information

SAT® General Timeline

SAT® FAQ Document

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995
SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org​

For 2017, the SAT® will be administered in paper & pencil format. The assessment includes the essay component.
For more detailed information on the SAT® components, go to the web link below. 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment) 
For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017. 

ISA FAQ Document


ACCESS 
ACCESS Material Delivery & Additional Material Window Update
The material delivery date for ACCESS for ELLs was January 5th, 2017. If you received ACCESS test administration materials, please, store them securely until they are returned to DRC.
The window for ordering additional ACCESS materials is now open. The final day for placing additional orders is February 17th, 2017. Additional materials are ordered in WIDA AMS on a separate tab from the initial materials order.
While paper testing materials must be ordered, ACCESS Pre-ID labels were sent automatically to every district/school that had attending ELs recorded in SIS, at the time ISBE submitted the Pre-ID File to DRC. Un-used labels may be discarded, but any ACCESS materials meant for use during test administration must be returned to DRC (i.e., test booklets, administrator scripts, audio CDs, response booklets, and Kindergarten supplies).

ACCESS Webinar for All-In-One Installation of the Testing Site Manager (TSM)
For districts or schools interested in individual ACCESS administration with the online format, there is a procedure for installing all of the necessary software on a single machine. Documentation is available for MACs and Windows. A Q&A webinar is planned to discuss the setup. DRC staff will participate.

Jan. 19th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm CST, Event Link

A recording of a similar webinar, held in December, is also available.

ACCESS TSM Version
Earlier, WIDA announced an approaching update for the TSM software. That update is now postponed. The current release of TSM 9.1.0_2 will be used for the 2016-17 testing cycle.

Illinois-Specific Preparation Checklists
Illinois-specific ACCESS checklists are available on www.wida.us . They emphasize local flexibility regarding the way tasks are assigned to staff. The Illinois-specifics lists have a mixture of “X” and “D” in the role columns to distinguish which tasks should be done personally by someone in that role, and which may be delegated.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars/Q&A Sessions Began in September
WIDA and DRC are offering webinars to support educators with the preparation and administration of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. 
The full webinar schedule for September 2016 through June 2017 is online here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/access%202.0/documents/ACCESSWebinarCalendar.pdf. Recordings of past webinars may be found here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS%202.0/WebinarRecordings.aspx

DLM
DLM-AA Pre-ID Information in SIS

District Test Coordinators
  • All users need to be entered into DLM as soon as possible in order for the required training to be completed on time.
  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal.
  • Complete the DLM Braille survey by January 20th, 2017.
  • Users that are no longer in the district need to be deactivated.

Teachers                                                           
  • All training needs to be completed by January 27th, 2017.  
  • Complete the First Contact survey for the students on your roster by March 14th, 2017.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

Rosters

Data Lockdown
  • Data lockdown begins February 6th, 2017.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean. 

Instructionally Embedded Assessment
  • The test window for instructionally embedded is January 3rd - February 28th, 2017.
  • Information to set up an instructional tool plan can be found here starting on page 62.
  • Instructionally Embedded Resources: http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/erp_ye 

​KIDS
This assessment is coordinated by the Early Childhood Division – 217-524-4835.

Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment
This assessment is coordinated by the Nutrition & Wellness Programs Division.
Contact - Mrs. Shawn Backs, sbacks@isbe.net​​
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Assessment1/10/2017

Illinois Assessment Update Webinars  

Join us for a webinar on Jan 13, 2017 at 10AM CST. Register now!

PARCC

NEW - Important Dates

Friday, January 20th, 2017: First capture of student data in SIS, including test details, to be sent to Pearson Access Next (PAN). Orders for paper material are created from this upload of data.

(No later than) Monday, January 30th, 2017: Districts may view student data captured from SIS on January 20th in PAN.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017: SIS sends updates to PAN.

Friday, February 10th, 2017: SIS sends updates to PAN.

Friday, February 17th and 24th, 2017: SIS sends updates and
Session Name (“Online" format records only, if populated) to PAN.

Friday, February 22nd, 2017: additional order window opens

Monday, March 6th, 2017: testing window opens

PARCC Pre-ID Information in SIS

Test Coordinator Manual

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-ela-math-cbt-pbt-test-coord-manual-16-17.pdf

Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodation Manual (5th edition)

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parcc-access-accom-manual.pdf

What's New in the 5th Edition?

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

The 2017 PARCC Administration will have the same number of test units as in 2016. In addition, the unit times will remain the same.

PARCC Practice Tests

https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Released Items

https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items

Items from the 2016 assessments are available at this site.

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated December 20th, 2016

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

SAT®

2018 ISBE-Sponsored SAT® Test Dates Announced

  • Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
  • Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
  • Accommodated Test Window: April 10th - 23rd, 2018

2017 SAT Pre-ID Information in SIS

NEW - 2017 Important Dates

Friday, January 20th, 2017: SIS will provide data (in the 2017 SAT Pre-ID file) to College Board to derive test materials orders and Pre-ID label production.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017: Deadline for school staff to submit to College Board for approved accommodations requests

ISBE web link for SAT® information

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/SAT.aspx

SAT®General Timeline

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-general-timeline.pdf

SAT® FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT® Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

For 2017, the SAT® will be administered in paper & pencil format. The assessment includes the essay component.

For more detailed information on the SAT® components, go to the web link below.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA FAQ Document

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Illinois-Science-Assessment.aspx

ACCESS

NEW - ACCESS Material Delivery & Additional Material Window Update

The material delivery date for ACCESS for ELLs was January 5th, 2017. If you received ACCESS test administration materials, please, store them securely until they are returned to DRC.

The window for ordering additional ACCESS materials is now open. The final day for placing additional orders is February 17th, 2017. Additional materials are ordered in WIDA AMS on a separate tab from the initial materials order.

While paper testing materials must be ordered, ACCESS Pre-ID labels were sent automatically to every district/school that had attending ELs recorded in SIS, at the time ISBE submitted the Pre-ID File to DRC. Un-used labels may be discarded, but any ACCESS materials meant for use during test administration must be returned to DRC (i.e., test booklets, administrator scripts, audio CDs, response booklets, and Kindergarten supplies).

NEW - ACCESS Webinar for All-In-One Installation of the Testing Site Manager (TSM)

For districts or schools interested in individual ACCESS administration with the online format, there is a procedure for installing all of the necessary software on a single machine. Documentation is available for MACs and Windows. A Q&A webinar is planned to discuss the setup. DRC staff will participate.

Jan. 19th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm CST, Event Link

A recording of a similar webinar, held in December, is also available.

NEW - ACCESS TSM Version

Earlier, WIDA announced an approaching update for the TSM software. That update is now postponed. The current release of TSM 9.1.0_2 will be used for the 2016-17 testing cycle.

Illinois-Specific Preparation Checklists

Illinois-specific ACCESS checklists are available on www.wida.us . They emphasize local flexibility regarding the way tasks are assigned to staff. The Illinois-specifics lists have a mixture of “X" and “D" in the role columns to distinguish which tasks should be done personally by someone in that role, and which may be delegated.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars/Q&A Sessions Began in September

WIDA and DRC are offering webinars to support educators with the preparation and administration of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

The full webinar schedule for September 2016 through June 2017 is online here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/access%202.0/documents/ACCESSWebinarCalendar.pdf. Recordings of past webinars may be found here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS%202.0/WebinarRecordings.aspx.

DLM

DLM-AA Pre-ID Information in SIS

District Test Coordinators

  • All users need to be entered into DLM as soon as possible in order for the required training to be completed on time.
  • Check to ensure that all teachers have completed the required training and said yes to the security agreement by downloading the report under the Reports tab.
  • Verify that all students are in Educator Portal.

Teachers

  • All training needs to be completed by January 27th, 2017. 
  • Complete the First Contact survey for the students on your roster by March 14th, 2017.
  • Verify that you have agreed to the security agreement.

Rosters

Data Lockdown

  • Data lockdown begins February 6th, 2017.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.

Instructionally Embedded Assessment:

  • The test window for instructionally embedded is January 3rd - February 28th, 2017.
  • Information to set up an instructional tool plan can be found here starting on page 62.
  • Instructionally Embedded Resources:

http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/erp_ye

KIDS

This assessment is coordinated by the Early Childhood Division – 217-524-4835.

Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment

This assessment is coordinated by the Nutrition & Wellness Programs Division.

Contact - Mrs. Shawn Backs, sbacks@isbe.net

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Assessment12/20/2016

Illinois Assessment Update Webinars  

Join us for a webinar on January 6th, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5708199657206124034

PARCC

PARCC Pre-ID Information in SIS

Pre-ID Data Elements

Pre-ID Excel Templates

Test Coordinator Manual

2016–2017 Spring Administration Computer-Based & Paper-Based Testing Math & English Language Arts/Literacy Test Coordinator Manual

New - Test Administrator Manuals

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16723

http://avocet.pearson.com/parcc/home#16724

The 2017 PARCC Administration will have the same number of test units as in 2016. In addition, the unit times will remain the same.

PARCC Practice Tests

https://parcc.pearson.com/

PARCC Released Items

https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items

Items from the 2016 assessments are available at this site.

PARCC AF&A Manual

Accessibility and Accommodations Manual, 5th Edition (complete, includes Appendices A-M; 226 pg. 5.6MB)

What's New in the 5th Edition?

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated December 6th, 2016

https://parcc.pearson.com/bulletins/

SAT

2018 ISBE-Sponsored SAT® Test Dates Announced

  • Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
  • Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
  • Accommodated Test Window: April 10th - 23rd, 2018

2017 SAT Pre-ID Information in SIS

Pre-ID Data Elements

Pre-ID Excel Templates

ISBE web link for SAT information

http://www.isbe.net/assessment/sat.htm

SAT General Timeline

http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/sat/2017/SAT-general-timeline.pdf

SAT FAQ Document

http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/sat/SAT-grade-11-implementation-faq.pdf

SAT Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SAT Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

For 2017, the SAT will be administered in paper & pencil format. The assessment includes the essay component.

For more detailed information on the SAT® components, go to the web link below.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/compare-old-new-specifications

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

For ISA, grades 5, 8, and high school biology will take the assessment in 2017.

ISA FAQ Document

http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/isa/isa-faq.pdf

ACCESS

WIDA AMS – Test Setup is Now Active

Student records are now loaded into WIDA AMS for 2016-17, and test setup is available. For detailed instructions on Test Setup, please refer to the Test Scheduling tutorial and/or the WIDA AMS User Guide, which is available on the WIDA website (wida.us) or on WIDA AMS (wida-ams.us).

ACCESS Material Delivery & Additional Material Window Update

The delivery date for ACCESS for ELLs materials, for 2016-17, is being changed from December 28th, 2016 to January 5th, 2017 to better accommodate the holiday schedule of most districts and schools in Illinois. If you are receiving paper ACCESS materials, please ensure that district/school staff are present at your delivery site to receive these test materials from UPS on January 5th, 2017, and secure them in an appropriate location.

The additional ACCESS materials ordering window is also being changed to match the new delivery date. Instead of beginning December 28th, 2016, it will now begin on January 5th, 2017. The final day for placing additional orders remains the same, February 17th, 2017.

ACCESS Tech Downloads

The current release of INSIGHT (7.1.0) is available for:

  • Windows 7, 8.1, & 10
  • Mac OS 10.9.5, 10.10, 10.11 & Mac OS Sierra 10.12
  • Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTD – with 64-bit Gnome 3.4, Unit Shell
  • Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTD – with 32-bit Gnome 3.4, Unit Shell
  • Chromebook OS recent stable channel

A new release (7.2.0) is available for Apple iOS 10.1, 10.0, iOS 9.3, iOS 9.2, iOS 9.1, iOS 9.0.

The current release of TSM 9.1.0_2 is being updated to 9.1.0_4. That release date is unknown, but any properly installed version of  9.1.0_2 that is set to automatically update will do so with little or no user action.

Illinois-Specific Preparation Checklists

Illinois-specific ACCESS checklists are now available on www.wida.us . They emphasize local flexibility regarding the way tasks are assigned to staff. The Illinois-specifics lists have a mixture of “X" and “D" in the role columns to distinguish which tasks should be done personally by someone in that role, and which may be delegated.

ACCESS Writing Field Test

WIDA is seeking EL students to participate in a field test of the ACCESS 2.0 Writing Assessment. It's for students in grades 1-12 at all proficiency levels. For grades 1-3, it is handwritten. For grades 4-12, it is keyboarded. Sessions are a maximum of 30 minutes long. It may be administered either before or after the 2017 ACCESS administration.

Field Test Windows

  • Grades 1-3 November 11th, 2016 to late January, 2017.
  • Grades 4-12 November 28th, 2016 to late January, 2017.

    Interested schools or districts should contact Alex Bauer, 608-265-0601, alex.bauer@wisc.edu.

    ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars/Q&A Sessions Began in September

WIDA and DRC are offering webinars to support educators with the preparation and administration of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

The full webinar schedule for September 2016 through June 2017 is online here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/access%202.0/documents/ACCESSWebinarCalendar.pdf. Recordings of past webinars may be found here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS%202.0/WebinarRecordings.aspx.

DLM

DLM-AA Pre-ID Information in SIS

Pre-ID Data Elements

Pre-ID Excel Templates

New - Educator Portal

  1. DLM has updated Educator Portal with some new features.
    • A help tab with an FAQ document.
    • Student tab now includes a find student option. Districts will need to have the SIS id of the student to use this feature.
    • The Roles tab now has a feature to view roles. District staff can select this to view the users in their district by their role.
    • Manage Tests now has a way to identify the projected testing for districts. Districts can download the template and then upload to DLM. This provides DLM information to help support states by ensuring enough staff is available for the call center.
    • The Reports tab has included a Security Agreement Completion report to help districts identify who has agreed to the security agreement. 

Required Training

  • All training needs to be completed by January 27th, 2017. 
  • District test coordinators can check the status of completed training using the Training Status report found under the Reports tab: downloads.

    Rosters
  • Do not select a course when creating rosters for students.
  • Only choose English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science as the subject when creating the rosters.
  • District test coordinators can create one roster for each subject.
  • To create rosters, please access the following manual:

    http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/sites/default/files/documents/Manuals_Blueprints/Educator_Portal_User_Guide_2016-17.pdf

    Data Lockdown
  • Data lockdown begins February 6th, 2017.
  • Districts should be verifying their data in Educator Portal to ensure that the data for testing is clean.

Instructionally Embedded Resources:

http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/erp_ye

KIDS

This assessment is coordinated by the Early Childhood Division – 217-524-4835.

http://www.isbe.net/earlychi/pdf/KIDS-IL-School-Readiness-Initiative.pdf

Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment

This assessment is coordinated by the Nutrition & Wellness Programs Division.

Contact - Mrs. Shawn Backs, sbacks@isbe.net

FAQ: Fitness Assessment FAQ

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Assessment11/9/2016/Documents_Assessment_Listserv/nov92016.pdf
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Assessment Webinar for Schools That Use Apple Devices - Nov. 10
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FREE support for increasing broadband at your district
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