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Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - Correction Window
Assessment8/15/2018

ISBE has completed the scoring and data collection process for the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA).  ISBE now announces the ISA data may be reviewed for final corrections from Aug. 14 through Aug. 22. These data may be edited in IWAS under the Assessments system listing.  This is your last chance to edit these data, so please do so as soon as possible. Please contact SIS If you need technical assistance (Call Center at 217-558-3600 during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM.) and the Assessment Division (1-866-317-6034 or dabrown@isbe.net) if you have questions about your assessment data.​

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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment8/14/2018
  • NEW – Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
    The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
    • August 24th
    • September 7th
    • September 28th
    • October 12th
    • October 26th
    • November 9th
    • November 30th
    • December 14th
  • NEW – Summative Designations Deep-Dive Webinar
  • August 31, 2018 - Last Day to Make Corrections (for District/School Accountability) in SIS for SY 2018
  • PLEASE NOTE - SAT, PARCC, and DLM-AA records previously displaying Error Code 1 (student score data are expected but missing) were populated with RNVTA Code 19 on August 2, 2018. This action will affect participation and proficiency rates, but district/school staff may edit this RNVTA, as applicable by the deadline of August 31, 2018. In addition, there are still a number of students with a grade mismatch. The test taken by the student does not match the grade listed for the student in SIS. 
  • List of Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for SIS corrections)
  • SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3
  • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – August 24th, 2018
  • Recorded Assessment Webinars
  • District Assessment Reporting (Ref: 105 ILCS 5/22-82)

    The Assessment Reporting Survey will go live the week of August 20, 2018. ISBE staff will prepopulate the survey with results from the 2017-18 report. District personnel must update the Report as needed to meet requirements in 105 ILCS 5/22-82, “Before the 30th day of each school year…for each of its schools…" (Sec. 22-82, paragraph (a)). District staff can review information in the Report prior to the week of August 20. View the Survey Results​. ISBE staff will post results of the 2018-19 Report at the same webpage. As always, updates will be provided via this listserv and the Friday Assessment Update Webinars.   The Survey will close Friday, September 28, 2018.​

PARCC

  • NEW - The following files for the spring 2018 PARCC administration are now available in Pearson Access Next (under Published Reports). To access the files, district/school staff need a user account in Pearson Access Next, and the Published Reports role. In addition to the files listed below, there are a number of .csv summative files available. All summary data files produced by Pearson are now posted on Pearson Access Next.
    Electronic PDFs
    • PARCC District Evidence Statement Analysis Reports
    • PARCC School Evidence Statement Analysis Reports
    • PARCC Student Content Standards Roster Reports
  • Individual Student Reports are scheduled to be delivered to districts by the end of August.
  • NEWPARCC Spring 2018 PLS, ES & CSR Interpretation Guide
  • PARCC Score Interpretation Guide
  • PARCC Score Interpretation Guide for Parents
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®

  • NEW – Check SAT Scores Report for Error Code 3
    Students who were not listed as grade 11 in SIS but took the SAT in April 2018 will display Error Code 3 in the SAT Scores report in SIS. To clear this error, either edit the grade to 11 using the Assessment Correction link in SIS, or write to Student Assessment assessment@isbe.net to request that the score be suppressed.​​
  • Spring 2018 School DAY SAT® Scores Now Posted in SIS Please review the SAT Assessment Scores Detail report in SIS and check for any unassigned test records. Please review the SAT scores review guidance document or contact 866-317-6034 for assistance. The deadline for all corrections in Friday, August 31. For technical assistance with SIS, contact the SIS Helpdesk at 217-558-3600, option 3.
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT®Information
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from SAT® School Day administration are available to students in their College Board account. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board’s Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores for the SAT® School Day administration are available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal, please contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or send an email to k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

  • NEW ISBE has completed the scoring and data collection process for the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA).  ISBE now announces the ISA data may be reviewed for final corrections from Aug. 14 through Aug. 22. These data may be edited in IWAS under the Assessments system listing.  This is your last chance to edit these data, so please do so as soon as possible. Please contact SIS If you need technical assistance (Call Center at 217-558-3600 during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM.) and the Assessment Division (1-866-317-6034 or dabrown@isbe.net) if you have questions about your assessment data.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019
​​​

Access

​​
  • NEW ACCESS Score Reports for 2018
    Paper copies of the 2018 ACCESS score were sent to districts on July 31st, 2018. PDF copies of those reports are available on WIDA AMS. Data files of the results are also available (labeled “DSR Files"). They are in .csv format. To find them, log in to WIDA AMS, and go to All Applications\Report Delivery\Test Results.
  • WIDA Screener Resources
  • WIDA website Non-Disclosure and User Agreement (NDUA) has been updated to include not only ACCESS for ELLs, but also coverage for WIDA Screener and WIDA Secure Portal user accounts. All users will see the new NDUA page on their first login starting July 1. Once a user agrees to the NDUA terms, they will be able to access the WIDA Secure Portal through June 30, 2019. Users will also be able to view/print a static PDF form that can be used to either remind them of the agreement terms or document their acceptance of the agreement on hard copy for their district coordinator and/or SEA.
  • New WIDA Website
    • Starting on August 15, 2018, the new URL to the WIDA Secure Portal will be portal.wida.us.
    • It will also be accessible by going to the WIDA public website at wida.wisc.edu and clicking on "Log In" at the top of the page.
    • Usernames and passwords will not change and the WIDA Secure Portal will continue to look as it does today.
  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain to families how children are identified as an English Learners and what it means for their education.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

    Register before August 31st to be entered into a special drawing to win a free conference registration! We will randomly select winners for the following three prizes:

    • One free WIDA Annual Conference registration ($625 value)
    • One free WIDA Pre-Conference Institute ($225)
    • One WIDA Annual Conference registration discount ($100)

    Conference Drawing - Details at the registration website.

  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • NEW - KITE Client has been updated in the KITE Student Portal. Please uninstall your current version of KITE Client from the devices in your school and install the new KITE Student Portal. Click here for the new KITE downloads.
  • NEW Educator Portal has a new web address. Please make sure to update all your bookmarks with the new web address.​
  • NEW – Special Education Cooperatives can now request a RCDTS for their satellite programs. If you need a RCDTS code, please complete the form​ and return it to one of the names located at the bottom of the form.​
  • Required teacher training is now available in Moodle. Guidance documents will be available in the coming weeks on the DLM website.  DLM corrections must be completed in SIS by August 31, 2018.​​​
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Summary Data Files in Pearson Access Next for Spring 2018 Administration
Assessment8/8/2018

The following files for the spring 2018 PARCC administration are now available in Pearson Access Next (under Published Reports). To access the files, district/school staff need a user account in Pearson Access Next, and the Published Reports role. In addition to the files listed below, there are a number of .csv summative files available.

  • Electronic PDFs
  • PARCC District Evidence Statement Analysis Reports
  • PARCC School Evidence Statement Analysis Reports
  • PARCC Student Content Standards Roster Reports​
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment8/7/2018
  • August 31, 2018 - Last Day to Make Corrections (for District/School Accountability) in SIS for SY 2018
  • NEW - Please note that SAT, PARCC, or DLM-AA records with Error Code 1, (student score data are expected but missing), will be populated with RNVTA code 19. This action will affect participation and proficiency rates.
  • NEW- August 10, 2018 Webinar: Summative Designation Deep Dive
    This session is for all district or school administrators, and is designed to give a deep look at the process, data, and scoring of the indicators that contribute to a school's summative designation. This includes looking at where and how students count for summative rating and how and when that differs from the Report Card. We will discuss the scoring of each individual indicator, how these indicator scores are combined into an index score, and how these index scores lead to a final summative designation. We will walk through "real" scoring examples, and preview support resources to come.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
    Join us for a webinar on August 10, 2018, at 10:00 AM CST
  • List of Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for SIS corrections)
  • SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3
  • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – August 24th, 2018
  • Recorded Assessment Webinars

PARCC

  • Now Posted on PAN under “Published Reports":
    • School Student Rosters
    • School Performance Level Summary
    • School Summary File
    • District Summary of Schools
    • District Performance Level Summary
    • District Summary File
    • Individual Student Reports (ISRs)
    School staff need the “Published Reports" role to view the documents.
  • Individual Student Reports are scheduled to be delivered to districts by the end of August.
  • PARCC Score Interpretation Guide
  • PARCC Score Interpretation Guide for Parents
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®

  • Spring 2018 School DAY SAT® Scores Now Posted in SIS Please review the SAT Assessment Scores Detail report in SIS and check for any unassigned test records. Please review the SAT scores review guidance document or contact 866-317-6034 for assistance. The deadline for all corrections in Friday, August 31. For technical assistance with SIS, contact the SIS Helpdesk at 217-558-3600, option 3.
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT®Information
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from SAT® School Day administration are available to students in their College Board account. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board’s Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores for the SAT® School Day administration are available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal, please contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or send an email to k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

District Assessment Reporting (Ref: 105 ILCS 5/22-82)

The Assessment Reporting Survey will go live the week of August 20, 2018. ISBE staff will prepopulate the survey with results from the 2017-18 report. District personnel must update the Report as needed to meet requirements in 105 ILCS 5/22-82, “Before the 30th day of each school year…for each of its schools…" (Sec. 22-82, paragraph (a)). District staff can review information in the Report prior to the week of August 20. The report is located on the Survey Results webpage . ISBE staff will post results of the 2018-19 Report at the same webpage. As always, updates will be provided via this listserv and the Friday Assessment Update Webinars.

The Survey will close Friday, September 28, 2018.

NEW- Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018
  • Initial Student Level Detail data (Home School/District) are available in IWAS under the Assessments listing. The information is viewable via the online portal and CSV export. Initial Participation Rates, including all students without course assignments, are displayed in IWAS under the Assessments listing.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019
​​​

Access

​​
  • NEW- DRC Planned Outage
    An outage for the On Demand Reporting functionality of WIDA AMS is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM CT on Friday, August 10, and last until 8:00 AM CT on Saturday, August 11. All other WIDA AMS functions will continue to operate as normal. Screener online testing will be available.
  • WIDA Screener Resources
  • WIDA website Non-Disclosure and User Agreement (NDUA) has been updated to include not only ACCESS for ELLs, but also coverage for WIDA Screener and WIDA Secure Portal user accounts. All users will see the new NDUA page on their first login starting July 1. Once a user agrees to the NDUA terms, they will be able to access the WIDA Secure Portal through June 30, 2019. Users will also be able to view/print a static PDF form that can be used to either remind them of the agreement terms or document their acceptance of the agreement on hard copy for their district coordinator and/or SEA.
  • New WIDA Website
    • Starting on August 15, 2018, the new URL to the WIDA Secure Portal will be portal.wida.us.
    • It will also be accessible by going to the WIDA public website at wida.wisc.edu and clicking on "Log In" at the top of the page.
    • Usernames and passwords will not change and the WIDA Secure Portal will continue to look as it does today.
  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain to families how children are identified as an English Learners and what it means for their education.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

    Register before August 31st to be entered into a special drawing to win a free conference registration! We will randomly select winners for the following three prizes:

    • One free WIDA Annual Conference registration ($625 value)
    • One free WIDA Pre-Conference Institute ($225)
    • One WIDA Annual Conference registration discount ($100)

    Conference Drawing - Details at the registration website.

  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • NEW - Required training for DLM 2018-2019 will open on August 1, 2018.
  • NEW - Educator Portal has a new site address and changes within Educator Portal have been completed. Please update bookmarks to the new web address.
  • NEW - KITE Client has been updated in the KITE Student Portal. All previous KITE Clients need to be uninstalled and reinstalled with the new KITE Student Portal. Click here for the new KITE downloads.
  • NEW - Special Education cooperatives that need a RCDTS code for their satellite program can now access the form on the Special Education web page or the Assessment web page. The form must be submitted by email or fax to either Jackie Ruenzi (jruenzi@isbe.net) at 217-782-0372 (fax), or Laura Quimby (lquimby@isbe.net) at 217-782-6097 (fax).
  • Any new school, changes to school name, or changes to RCDTS code will need to be updated/reported to ensure that the organization is loaded into DLM.
  • Any new educator or educators who left the district will need to be updated/reported in Educator Portal.
  • Individual Score Reports are now available in Educator Portal. Serving schools must print and send a copy to the parent and the home district.
  • Please check for any error codes or unassigned assessment record and be sure to correct those errors.
  • Please review the RNVTA definitions to select the most appropriate reason for no valid test attempt.
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment7/31/2018

PARCC

  • NEW – Now Posted on PAN under “Published Reports":
    • School Student Rosters
    • School Performance Level Summary
    • School Summary File
    • District Summary of Schools
    • District Performance Level Summary
    • District Summary File
    • Individual Student Reports (ISRs)
    School staff need the “Published Reports" role to view the documents.​
  • NEW – Individual Student Reports are scheduled to be delivered to districts by the end of August.
  • PARCC Score Interpretation Guide
  • PARCC Score Interpretation Guide for Parents
  • All student scores for PARCC are posted in SIS.
  • ​To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form and fax the document to Pearson.
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®

  • Spring 2018 School DAY SAT® Please review the SAT Assessment Scores Detail report in SIS and check for any unassigned test records. Please review the SAT scores review guidance document or contact 866-317-6034 for assistance. The deadline for all corrections in Friday, August 31. For technical assistance with SIS, contact the SIS Helpdesk at 217-558-3600, option 3.
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT®Information
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from SAT® School Day administration are available to students in their College Board account. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board’s Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores for the SAT® School Day administration are available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal, please contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or send an email to k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Assessment Reporting (Ref: 105 ILCS 5/22-82)

NEW - The Survey will close Friday, September 28, 2018.

The Assessment Reporting Survey will go live the week of August 20, 2018. ISBE staff will prepopulate the survey with results from the 2017-18 report. District personnel must update the Report as needed to meet requirements in 105 ILCS 5/22-82, “Before the 30th day of each school year…for each of its schools…" (Sec. 22-82, paragraph (a)). District staff can review information in the Report prior to the week of August 20. The report is located on the Survey Results webpage​. ISBE staff will post results of the 2018-19 Report at the same webpage. As always, updates will be provided via this listserv and the Friday Assessment Update Webinars.​

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

  • Initial Participation Rates are displayed in IWAS under Assessments Listing. Please keep making corrections to data as needed. The corrections window closes July 31, 2018.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019
​​​

Access

​​
  • NEW - WIDA Screener Resources
  • The WIDA website Non-Disclosure and User Agreement (NDUA) has been updated to include not only ACCESS for ELLs, but also coverage for WIDA Screener and WIDA Secure Portal user accounts. All users will see the new NDUA page on their first login starting July 1. Once a user agrees to the NDUA terms, they will be able to access the WIDA Secure Portal through June 30, 2019. Users will also be able to view/print a static PDF form that can be used to either remind them of the agreement terms or document their acceptance of the agreement on hard copy for their district coordinator and/or SEA.
  • New WIDA Website
    • Starting on August 15, 2018, the new URL to the WIDA Secure Portal will be portal.wida.us.
    • It will also be accessible by going to the WIDA public website at wida.wisc.edu and clicking on "Log In" at the top of the page.
    • Usernames and passwords will not change and the WIDA Secure Portal will continue to look as it does today.
  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies .
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain to families how children are identified as an English Learners and what it means for their education.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • NEW - Required training for DLM 2018-2019 will open on August 1, 2018.​
  • Any new school, changes to school name, or changes to RCDTS code will need to be updated/reported to ensure that the organization is loaded into DLM.​
  • Any new educator or educators who left the district will need to be updated/reported in Educator Portal.
  • Individual Score Reports are now available in Educator Portal. Serving schools must print and send a copy to the parent and the home district.
  • ​​Please check for any error codes or unassigned assessment record and be sure to correct those errors.​
  • Please review the RNVTA definitions to select the most appropriate reason for no valid test attempt.
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment7/24/2018
​​​
  • August 31st - Last Day to Make Corrections (for District/School Accountability) in SIS for SY 2018
  • List of Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for SIS corrections)
  • SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3
  • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – July 27th, 2018
  • Recorded Assessment Webinars
  • NEW - Assessment Reporting (Ref: 105 ILCS 5/22-82) – The Assessment Reporting Survey will go live the week of August 20, 2018. ISBE staff will prepopulate the survey with results from the 2017-18 report. District personnel must update the Report as needed to meet requirements in 105 ILCS 5/22-82, “Before the 30th day of each school year…for each of its schools…" (Sec. 22-82, paragraph (a)). District staff can review information in the Report prior to the week of August 20. The report is located at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/AssessmentSurveyResults.aspx. ISBE staff will post results of the 2018-19 Report at the same webpage. As always, updates will be provided via this listserv and the Friday Assessment Update Webinars.​

PARCC

  • PARCC Score Interpretation Guide
  • PARCC Score Interpretation Guide for Parents
  • All student scores for PARCC are posted in SIS.
  • All student scores for PARCC are displayed in Pearson Access Next under On Demand Reports. The filters on the left side of the page will help you determine district and school performance
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form and fax the document to Pearson.
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®

  • Spring 2018 School DAY SAT® Please review the SAT Assessment Scores Detail report in SIS and check for any unassigned test records. Please review the SAT scores review guidance document or contact 866-317-6034 for assistance. The deadline for all corrections in Friday, August 31. For technical assistance with SIS, contact the SIS Helpdesk at 217-558-3600, option 3.
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT®Information
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from SAT® School Day administration are available to students in their College Board account. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board’s Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores for the SAT® School Day administration are available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal, please contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or send an email to k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

  • Initial Participation Rates are displayed in IWAS under Assessments Listing. Please keep making corrections to data as needed. Corrections window closes July 31, 2018.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019
​​​

Access

​​
  • WIDA Screener Interpretive Guide - The newly released Guide can be found on the "Scores & Reports" tab for both the Online and Paper Screener sections of the WIDA website.
  • The WIDA website Non-Disclosure and User Agreement (NDUA) has been updated to include not only ACCESS for ELLs, but also coverage for WIDA Screener and WIDA Secure Portal user accounts. All users will see the new NDUA page on their first login starting July 1. Once a user agrees to the NDUA terms, they will be able to access the WIDA Secure Portal through June 30, 2019. Users will also be able to view/print a static PDF form that can be used to either remind them of the agreement terms or document their acceptance of the agreement on hard copy for their district coordinator and/or SEA.
  • New WIDA Website
    • Starting on August 15, 2018, the new URL to the WIDA Secure Portal will be portal.wida.us.
    • It will also be accessible by going to the WIDA public website at wida.wisc.edu and clicking on "Log In" at the top of the page.
    • Usernames and passwords will not change and the WIDA Secure Portal will continue to look as it does today.
  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies .
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain to families how children are identified as an English Learners and what it means for their education.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • Individual Score Reports are now available in Educator Portal. Serving schools must print and send a copy to the parent and the home district.
  • DLM preliminary scores are posted in SIS. Please check for any error codes and if there are any students on the unassigned record.
  • Please be sure to apply the correct RNVTA to student records. Student records that have a RNVTA code of 5 and the SIS exit date is after the last day of the testing window - this is an invalid entry. District staff will be receiving a call regarding this mismatch of data.
  • Please review the RNVTA definitions to select the most appropriate reason for no valid test attempt.
  • DLM required teacher training will be open the middle of August
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 ​​

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PARCC

  • NEW - PARCC Score Interpretation Guide
  • NEW - PARCC Score Interpretation Guide for Parents
  • All student scores for PARCC are posted in SIS.
  • All student scores for PARCC are displayed in Pearson Access Next under On Demand Reports. The filters on the left side of the page will help you determine district and school performance
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form and fax the document to Pearson.
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

  • NEW - Initial Participation Rates are displayed in IWAS under Assessments Listing. Please keep making corrections to data as needed. Corrections window closes July 31, 2018.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019
​​​

Access

  • NEW - WIDA Screener Interpretive Guide - The newly released Guide can be found on the "Scores & Reports" tab for both the Online and Paper Screener sections of the WIDA website.
  • The WIDA website Non-Disclosure and User Agreement (NDUA) has been updated to include not only ACCESS for ELLs, but also coverage for WIDA Screener and WIDA Secure Portal user accounts. All users will see the new NDUA page on their first login starting July 1. Once a user agrees to the NDUA terms, they will be able to access the WIDA Secure Portal through June 30, 2019. Users will also be able to view/print a static PDF form that can be used to either remind them of the agreement terms or document their acceptance of the agreement on hard copy for their district coordinator and/or SEA.
  • New WIDA Website
    • Starting on August 15, 2018, the new URL to the WIDA Secure Portal will be portal.wida.us.
    • It will also be accessible by going to the WIDA public website at wida.wisc.edu and clicking on "Log In" at the top of the page.
    • Usernames and passwords will not change and the WIDA Secure Portal will continue to look as it does today.
  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies .
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain to families how children are identified as an English Learners and what it means for their education.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • Individual Score Reports are now available in Educator Portal. Serving schools must print and send a copy to the parent and the home district.
  • DLM preliminary scores are posted in SIS. Please check for any error codes and if there are any students on the unassigned record.
  • Please be sure to apply the correct RNVTA to student records. Student records that have a RNVTA code of 5 and the SIS exit date is after the last day of the testing window - this is an invalid entry. District staff will be receiving a call regarding this mismatch of data.
  • Please review the RNVTA definitions to select the most appropriate reason for no valid test attempt.
  • DLM required teacher training will be open the middle of August

Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year

  • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 ​​
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Assessment7/10/2018
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PARCC

  • All student scores for PARCC are posted in SIS.
  • All student scores for PARCC are displayed in Pearson Access Next under On Demand Reports. The filters on the left side of the page will help you determine district and school performance
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form and fax the document to Pearson.
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

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

Access

  • WIDA website Non-Disclosure and User Agreement The WIDA website Non-Disclosure and User Agreement (NDUA) has been updated to include not only ACCESS for ELLs, but also coverage for WIDA Screener and WIDA Secure Portal user accounts. All users will see the new NDUA page on their first login starting July 1. Once a user agrees to the NDUA terms, they will be able to access the WIDA Secure Portal through June 30, 2019. Users will also be able to view/print a static PDF form that can be used to either remind them of the agreement terms or document their acceptance of the agreement on hard copy for their district coordinator and/or SEA.
  • DRC Planned Outage There will be an outage to the multiple student upload and on-demand reporting functions of WIDA AMS on Thursday, July 12 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm CT. All other WIDA AMS functions will continue to operate as normal, and Screener online testing will be available.
  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies .
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain to families how children are identified as an English Learners and what it means for their education.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • Individual Score Reports are now available in Educator Portal. Serving schools must print and send a copy to the parent and the home district.
  • DLM preliminary scores are posted in SIS. Please check for any error codes and if there are any students on the unassigned record.
  • Please be sure to apply the correct RNVTA to student records. Student records that have a RNVTA code of 5 and the SIS exit date is after the last day of the testing window - this is an invalid entry. District staff will be receiving a call regarding this mismatch of data.
  • Please review the RNVTA definitions to select the most appropriate reason for no valid test attempt.
  • DLM required teacher training will be open the middle of August

Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year

  • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment7/3/2018
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PARCC

  • All student scores for PARCC are posted in SIS.
  • All student scores for PARCC are displayed in Pearson Access Next under On Demand Reports. The filters on the left side of the page will help you determine district and school performance
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form and fax the document to Pearson.
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

​​​

Access

  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies .
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain to families how children are identified as an English Learners and what it means for their education.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • NEW- Individual Score Reports are now available in Educator Portal. Serving schools must print and send a copy to the parent and the home district.
  • DLM preliminary scores are posted in SIS. Please check for any error codes and if there are any students on the unassigned record.
  • Please be sure to apply the correct RNVTA to student records. Student records that have a RNVTA code of 5 and the SIS exit date is after the last day of the testing window - this is an invalid entry. District staff will be receiving a call regarding this mismatch of data.
  • Please review the RNVTA definitions to select the most appropriate reason for no valid test attempt.
  • DLM required teacher training will be open the middle of August
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment6/26/2018
​​

PARCC

  • NEW PARCC Scores Correction Guidance
  • All student scores for PARCC are posted in SIS.
    • School staff have until June 29th to make corrections in SIS (for reports from Pearson).
    • E-reports (Published Reports in PAN) will begin to be posted on July 27th.
    • Pearson will deliver Individual Student Reports (ISR) to districts by August 17th.​
  • All student scores for PARCC are displayed in Pearson Access Next under On Demand Reports. The filters on the left side of the page will help you determine district and school performance
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form and fax the document to Pearson.
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®Spring 2018

  • High School Assessment Contract Awarded to SAT (College Board)
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to students in their College Board account beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board's Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who tested at their school.  
  • Scores for some students will be released later than May 3, 2018, for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT data are scheduled to be posted in ISBE's Student Information System in mid-July 2018.
  • Districts may begin to review the SAT Correction file in SIS, including entering “Reason for No Valid Test Attempt" (RNVTA) codes. Please refer to slides 41-49 from the April 13, 2018, Assessment Webinar Update PowerPoint for detailed guidance.
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

​​​

Access

  • NEW - DRC Technology News
    • A planned system outage affecting WIDA AMS and WIDA Screener Online will take place on Sunday, July 1 from 12am to 12pm CDT. 
    • A new version of the INSIGHT secure browser will be released on Thursday, June 28. This may cause a short delay when opening for the first time. The TSM will remain the same as the 2017-18 school year. ​

  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies .
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • NEW – DLM preliminary scores are posted in SIS. Please check for any error codes and if there are any students on the unassigned record.
  • NEW – Please be sure to apply the correct RNVTA to student records. Student records that have a RNVTA code of 5 and the SIS exit date is after the last day of the testing window - this is an invalid entry. District staff will be receiving a call regarding this mismatch of data.
  • NEW – Individual Score Reports will be available in Educator Portal at the end of June. 
  • NEW – Please review the RNVTA definitions to select the most appropriate reason for no valid test attempt.
  • NEW – the DLM required teacher training will be open the middle of August​
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019​
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PARCC

  • NEW All student scores for PARCC are posted in SIS.
    • School staff have until June 29th to make corrections in SIS (for reports from Pearson).
    • E-reports (Published Reports in PAN) will begin to be posted on July 27th.
    • Pearson will deliver Individual Student Reports (ISR) to districts by August 17th.​
  • All student scores for PARCC are displayed in Pearson Access Next under On Demand Reports. The filters on the left side of the page will help you determine district and school performance
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form and fax the document to Pearson.
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®Spring 2018

  • June 2018: SAT Scores Training Workshops
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to students in their College Board account beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board's Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who tested at their school.  
  • Scores for some students will be released later than May 3, 2018, for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT data are scheduled to be posted in ISBE's Student Information System in mid-July 2018.
  • Districts may begin to review the SAT Correction file in SIS, including entering “Reason for No Valid Test Attempt" (RNVTA) codes. Please refer to slides 41-49 from the April 13, 2018, Assessment Webinar Update PowerPoint for detailed guidance.
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

PSAT

  • NEW - The PSAT reimbursement data collection deadline is June 20. The survey tool will close the morning of June 21. No new packets will be accepted after the survey tool closes on June 21. ISBE is processing reimbursement claims and will send final letters to district superintendents as approvals are finalized and submitted to the ISBE Funding and Disbursements Division for payment. If you have questions, call Dan Brown at 866-317-6034.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

  • The 2017-18 ISA window closed Monday, April 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. ​
  • Corrections:
    • Initial test records loaded into IWAS under the Assessments System Listing Friday, May 19.
    • ISBE is matching remaining records with poor data quality, so please verify SIS enrollment data. Create enrollment record if none exists. Then contact ISBE if you have students missing from the test record count and we will attempt to match them to the correct enrollment records.
    • School districts can continue to enter RNVTA and make corrections to SIS data.
    • ISBE will announce, via the listserv and webinars, when the ISA correction window closes (after agency staff complete the initial data reviews etc.).
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019

Access

  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies .
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • NEW – DLM preliminary scores were posted in SIS on June 18, 2018. Any student with an unassigned record will be posted on June 20, 2018.​
  • NEW – Please be sure to apply the correct RNVTA to student records. Students who have a RNVTA code 5 and the SIS exit date is after testing, those district staff will be receiving a communication call regarding this mismatch of data.​
  • DLM correction window opened on May 10th. Any student who did not test will need to have a Reason for No Valid Test Attempt (RNVTA) entered in SIS under DLM-AA.
  • District test coordinators can begin to pull a DLM Test Administration Monitoring report in Educator Portal to verify who did or did not complete training.
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 
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PARCC

  • NEW All student scores for PARCC are scheduled to appear in SIS on June 18th.
    • School staff have until June 29th to make corrections in SIS (for reports from Pearson).
    • E-reports (Published Reports in PAN) will begin to be posted on July 27th.
    • Pearson will deliver Individual Student Reports (ISR) to districts by August 17th.​
  • NEW ─ All student scores for PARCC will be displayed in Pearson Access Next, under On Demand Reports, on Wednesday, June 13th. The filters on the left side of the page will help you determine district and school performance.​
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form and fax the document to Pearson.
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

SAT®Spring 2018

  • June 2018: SAT Scores Training Workshops
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to students in their College Board account beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board's Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who tested at their school.  
  • Scores for some students will be released later than May 3, 2018, for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT data are scheduled to be posted in ISBE's Student Information System in mid-July 2018.
  • Districts may begin to review the SAT Correction file in SIS, including entering “Reason for No Valid Test Attempt" (RNVTA) codes. Please refer to slides 41-49 from the April 13, 2018, Assessment Webinar Update PowerPoint for detailed guidance.
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

  • The 2017-18 ISA window closed Monday, April 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. ​
  • Corrections:
    • Initial test records loaded into IWAS under the Assessments System Listing Friday, May 19.
    • ISBE is matching remaining records with poor data quality, so please verify SIS enrollment data. Create enrollment record if none exists. Then contact ISBE if you have students missing from the test record count and we will attempt to match them to the correct enrollment records.
    • School districts can continue to enter RNVTA and make corrections to SIS data.
    • ISBE will announce, via the listserv and webinars, when the ISA correction window closes (after agency staff complete the initial data reviews etc.).
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019

Access

  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies .
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • DLM correction window opened on May 10th. Any student who did not test will need to have a Reason for No Valid Test Attempt (RNVTA) entered in SIS under DLM-AA.
  • District test coordinators can begin to pull a DLM Test Administration Monitoring report in Educator Portal to verify who did or did not complete training.
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 

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Assessment6/5/2018

PARCC

  • Student scores for PARCC are being reported in Pearson Access Next. Scores will appear on a rolling basis under On Demand Reports. The mathematics scores will be the first to appear. The number of student scores are displayed in the report. Using that number, you can determine how complete the report is for a specific test.
  • Student scores for PARCC are scheduled to appear in SIS on June 18th.
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form and fax the document to Pearson.
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

S AT®Spring 2018

  • June 2018: SAT Scores Training Workshops
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to students in their College Board account beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board's Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who tested at their school.  
  • Scores for some students will be released later than May 3, 2018, for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT data are scheduled to be posted in ISBE's Student Information System in mid-July 2018.
  • Districts may begin to review the SAT Correction file in SIS, including entering “Reason for No Valid Test Attempt" (RNVTA) codes. Please refer to slides 41-49 from the April 13, 2018, Assessment Webinar Update PowerPoint for detailed guidance.
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 2018

  • Corrections:
    • Initial test records loaded into IWAS under the Assessments System Listing Friday, May 19.
    • ISBE is matching remaining records with poor data quality, so please verify SIS enrollment data. Create enrollment record if none exists. Then contact ISBE if you have students missing from the test record count and we will attempt to match them to the correct enrollment records.
    • School districts can continue to enter RNVTA and make corrections to SIS data.
    • ISBE will announce, via the listserv and webinars, when the ISA correction window closes (after agency staff complete the initial data reviews etc.).
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019

Access

  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies .
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • American Indian English Learner Research Alliance Conference
    The Second Annual AIERA Conference will be held June 12-14, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The aim of the conference is to celebrate Native languages, cultural preservation and culturally responsive instruction and assessment. The presenters and keynote speakers will share resources, information and tools as well as provide opportunities for networking and collaboration. The conference is a product of collaboration between the NM Public Education Department, University of Wisconsin, South Central Comprehensive Center, Utah Public Education Department, and Albuquerque Public Schools.  Register here to attend .
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

DLM

  • DLM correction window opened on  May 10th. Any student who did not test will need to have a Reason for No Valid Test Attempt (RNVTA) entered in SIS under DLM-AA.
  • District test coordinators can begin to pull a DLM Test Administration Monitoring report in Educator Portal to verify who did or did not complete training.
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 ​
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment5/29/2018

PARCC​​

  • ​​Student scores for PARCC are being reported in Pearson Access Next. Scores will appear on a rolling basis under On Demand Reports. The mathematics scores will be the first to appear. The number of student scores are displayed in the report. Using that number, you can determine how complete the report is for a specific test.​
  • Student scores for PARCC are scheduled to appear in SIS on June 18th.
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form​ and fax the document to Pearson.​
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

S​AT®Spring 2018

  • June 2018: SAT Scores Training Workshops
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to students in their College Board account beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board's Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who tested at their school.​ 
  • Scores for some students will be released later than May 3, 2018, for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT data are scheduled to be posted in ISBE's Student Information System in mid-July 2018.​
  • Districts may begin to review the SAT Correction file in SIS, including entering “Reason for No Valid Test Attempt" (RNVTA) codes. Please refer to slides 41-49 from the April 13, 2018, Assessment Webinar Update PowerPoint for detailed guidance.​
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

PSAT

  • Known issue: Google email accounts do not play well with the SharePoint site used to collect data. Do complete and submit the survey data, then email dabrown@isbe.net your attachments for each school.​
  • April 24, 2018: PSAT Reimbursement Webinar
    View the updated detailed information and webinar recording for details about how to submit for reimbursement. Reimbursement requests must be submitted by May 31, 2018.
  • If you have any questions, please email dabrown@isbe.net or call 866-317-6034.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018​

  • The 2017-18 ISA window closed Monday, April 30, 2018, at 5 p.m.
  • Corrections:
    • Initial test records loaded into IWAS under the Assessments System Listing Friday, May 19.
    • ISBE is matching remaining records with poor data quality, so please verify SIS enrollment data.  Create enrollment record if none exists.  Then contact ISBE if you have students missing from the test record count and we will attempt to match them to the correct enrollment records.
    • School districts can continue to enter RNVTA and make corrections to SIS data.
    • ISBE will announce, via the listserv and webinars, when the ISA correction window closes (after agency staff complete the initial data reviews etc.). ​
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.​​
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.  Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies​.
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule​
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    ​Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • American Indian English Learner Research Alliance Conference
    The Second Annual AIERA Conference will be held June 12-14, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The aim of the conference is to celebrate Native languages, cultural preservation and culturally responsive instruction and assessment. The presenters and keynote speakers will share resources, information and tools as well as provide opportunities for networking and collaboration. The conference is a product of collaboration between the NM Public Education Department, University of Wisconsin, South Central Comprehensive Center, Utah Public Education Department, and Albuquerque Public Schools.  Register here to attend​.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.​
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.​

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.​

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results​
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.​​
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    ​WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769
  • ​ALTELLA Project at WCER
    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about the Individual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • DLM correction window opened on ​ May 10th. Any student who did not test will need to have a Reason for No Valid Test Attempt (RNVTA) entered in SIS under DLM-AA.​
  • District test coordinators can begin to pull a DLM Test Administration Monitoring report in Educator Portal to verify who did or did not complete training.​
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019​
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Assessment5/24/2018

PARCC​​

  • ​​Student scores for PARCC are being reported in Pearson Access Next. Scores will appear on a rolling basis under On Demand Reports. The mathematics scores will be the first to appear..
  • Student scores for PARCC are scheduled to appear in SIS on June 18th.
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form​ and fax the document to Pearson.​
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

S​AT®Spring 2018

  • June 2018: SAT Scores Training Workshops
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to students in their College Board account beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board's Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who tested at their school.​
    Scores for some students will be released later than May 3, 2018, for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT data are scheduled to be posted in ISBE's Student Information System in mid-July 2018.​
  • Districts may begin to review the SAT Correction file in SIS, including entering “Reason for No Valid Test Attempt" (RNVTA) codes. Please refer to slides 41-49 from the April 13, 2018, Assessment Webinar Update PowerPoint for detailed guidance.​
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

PSAT

  • Known issue: Google email accounts do not play well with the SharePoint site used to collect data. Do complete and submit the survey data, then email dabrown@isbe.net your attachments for each school.​
  • April 24, 2018: PSAT Reimbursement Webinar
    View the updated detailed information and webinar recording for details about how to submit for reimbursement. Reimbursement requests must be submitted by May 31, 2018.
  • If you have any questions, please email dabrown@isbe.net or call 866-317-6034.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018​

  • The 2017-18 ISA window closed Monday, April 30, 2018, at 5 p.m.
  • Corrections:
    • Initial test records loaded into IWAS under the Assessments System Listing Friday, May 19.
    • ISBE is matching remaining records with poor data quality, so please verify SIS enrollment data.  Create enrollment record if none exists.  Then contact ISBE if you have students missing from the test record count and we will attempt to match them to the correct enrollment records.
    • School districts can continue to enter RNVTA and make corrections to SIS data.
    • ISBE will announce, via the listserv and webinars, when the ISA correction window closes (after agency staff complete the initial data reviews etc.). ​
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.​​
  • ACCESS Data Corrections for 2018
    The preliminary results from the 2017-18 ACCESS administration are now available to review in SIS. Corrections to ACCESS data can be made until May 25, 2018. Final reports will be provided to districts and schools on July 31, 2018. Students who score at or above 4.8 overall will be reclassified as former ELs for the 2018-19 school year.​
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies​.
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule​
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    ​Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • American Indian English Learner Research Alliance Conference
    The Second Annual AIERA Conference will be held June 12-14, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The aim of the conference is to celebrate Native languages, cultural preservation and culturally responsive instruction and assessment. The presenters and keynote speakers will share resources, information and tools as well as provide opportunities for networking and collaboration. The conference is a product of collaboration between the NM Public Education Department, University of Wisconsin, South Central Comprehensive Center, Utah Public Education Department, and Albuquerque Public Schools.  Register here to attend​.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.​
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.​

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.​

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results​
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.​​
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    ​WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769
  • ​ALTELLA Project at WCER
    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about the Individual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • DLM correction window opened on ​ May 10th. Any student who did not test will need to have a Reason for No Valid Test Attempt (RNVTA) entered in SIS under DLM-AA.​
  • District test coordinators can begin to pull a DLM Test Administration Monitoring report in Educator Portal to verify who did or did not complete training.​
  • Test Windows: 2018-2019 School year
    • Wednesday, March 13th - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019​​
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Assessment5/15/2018

PARCC​​

  • ​​Student scores for PARCC are scheduled to start appearing in Pearson Access Next on May 18th. Scores will appear on a rolling basis under On Demand Reports.
  • Student scores for PARCC are scheduled to appear in SIS on June 18th.
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form​ and fax the document to Pearson.​
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

S​AT®Spring 2018

  • June 2018: SAT Scores Training Workshops
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to students in their College Board account beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board's Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who tested at their school.​
    Scores for some students will be released later than May 3, 2018, for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT data are scheduled to be posted in ISBE's Student Information System in mid-July 2018.​
  • Districts may begin to review the SAT Correction file in SIS, including entering “Reason for No Valid Test Attempt" (RNVTA) codes. Please refer to slides 41-49 from the April 13, 2018, Assessment Webinar Update PowerPoint for detailed guidance.​
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

PSAT

  • Known issue: Google email accounts do not play well with the SharePoint site used to collect data. Do complete and submit the survey data, then email dabrown@isbe.net your attachments for each school.​
  • April 24, 2018: PSAT Reimbursement Webinar
    View the updated detailed information and webinar recording for details about how to submit for reimbursement. Reimbursement requests must be submitted by May 31, 2018.
  • If you have any questions, please email dabrown@isbe.net or call 866-317-6034.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018​

  • The 2017-18 ISA window closed Monday, April 30, 2018, at 5 p.m.
  • Corrections:
    • By May 18th, test records will be loaded into IWAS under the Assessments System Listing.
    • School districts can continue to enter RNVTA and make corrections to SIS data.
    • ISBE will announce, via the listserv and webinars, when the ISA correction window closes (after agency staff complete the initial data reviews etc.). ​
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - ACCESS Scoring Appeal Requests
    DRC has two scoring appeal windows for 2018. For requests received by July 13, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by August 29, 2018. For requests received between July 14 and September 21, 2018, reports that show improved results will be posted on WIDA AMS by October 30, 2018. Scoring appeals are available for only the writing and speaking domains from the 2017-18 cycle. A $200 fee per domain applies if the score does not change. To request an appeal contact ISBE at 866-317-6034, or send an email to Barry Pedersen at bpederse@isbe.net.​​
  • ACCESS Data Corrections for 2018
    The preliminary results from the 2017-18 ACCESS administration are now available to review in SIS. Corrections to ACCESS data can be made until May 25, 2018. Final reports will be provided to districts and schools on July 31, 2018. Students who score at or above 4.8 overall will be reclassified as former ELs for the 2018-19 school year.​
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies​.
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule​
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    ​Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • American Indian English Learner Research Alliance Conference
    The Second Annual AIERA Conference will be held June 12-14, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The aim of the conference is to celebrate Native languages, cultural preservation and culturally responsive instruction and assessment. The presenters and keynote speakers will share resources, information and tools as well as provide opportunities for networking and collaboration. The conference is a product of collaboration between the NM Public Education Department, University of Wisconsin, South Central Comprehensive Center, Utah Public Education Department, and Albuquerque Public Schools.  Register here to attend​.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.​
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.​

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.​

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results​
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.​​
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    ​WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769
  • ​ALTELLA Project at WCER
    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about the Individual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • DLM correction window opens on May 10th. Any student who did not test will need to have a Reason for No Valid Test Attempt (RNVTA) entered in SIS under DLM-AA.​
  • District test coordinators can begin to pull a DLM Test Administration Monitoring report in Educator Portal to verify who did or did not complete training.​
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018​
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment5/8/2018

PARCC​​

  • ​​Student scores for PARCC are scheduled to start appearing in Pearson Access Next on May 18th. Scores will appear on a rolling basis under On Demand Reports.
  • Student scores for PARCC are scheduled to appear in SIS on June 18th.
  • To report lost or damaged PARCC test material (secure material only), complete the form​ and fax the document to Pearson.​
  • PARCC Help Center Contact
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 6:30 pm (CT) 
    • 1-888-493-9888

S​AT®Spring 2018

  • NEW - June 2018: SAT Scores Training Workshops
  • Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to students in their College Board account beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board's Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who tested at their school.​
    Scores for some students will be released later than May 3, 2018, for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT data are scheduled to be posted in ISBE's Student Information System in mid-July 2018.​
  • Districts may begin to review the SAT Correction file in SIS, including entering “Reason for No Valid Test Attempt" (RNVTA) codes. Please refer to slides 41-49 from the April 13, 2018, Assessment Webinar Update PowerPoint for detailed guidance.​
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

PSAT

  • NEW - Known issue: Google email accounts do not play well with the SharePoint site used to collect data. Do complete and submit the survey data, then email dabrown@isbe.net your attachments for each school.​
  • April 24, 2018: PSAT Reimbursement Webinar
    View the updated detailed information and webinar recording for details about how to submit for reimbursement. Reimbursement requests must be submitted by May 31, 2018.
  • If you have any questions, please email dabrown@isbe.net or call 866-317-6034.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018​

  • The 2017-18 ISA window closed Monday, April 30, 2018, at 5 p.m.
  • Corrections:
    • By May 18th, test records will be loaded into IWAS under the Assessments System Listing.
    • School districts can continue to enter RNVTA and make corrections to SIS data.
    • ISBE will announce, via the listserv and webinars, when the ISA correction window closes (after agency staff complete the initial data reviews etc.). ​
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - ACCESS Data Corrections for 2018
    The preliminary results from the 2017-18 ACCESS administration are now available to review in SIS. Corrections to ACCESS data can be made until May 25, 2018. Final reports will be provided to districts and schools on July 31, 2018. Students who score at or above 4.8 overall will be reclassified as former ELs for the 2018-19 school year.​
  • WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application.Learn More about the WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies​.
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule​
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    ​Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • American Indian English Learner Research Alliance Conference
    The Second Annual AIERA Conference will be held June 12-14, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The aim of the conference is to celebrate Native languages, cultural preservation and culturally responsive instruction and assessment. The presenters and keynote speakers will share resources, information and tools as well as provide opportunities for networking and collaboration. The conference is a product of collaboration between the NM Public Education Department, University of Wisconsin, South Central Comprehensive Center, Utah Public Education Department, and Albuquerque Public Schools.  Register here to attend​.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours
    April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.​
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued
    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.​

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.​

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results​
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.​​
  • ​WIDA Sponsorship of Multilingual Institute
    WIDA is proud to sponsor the following institute provided by Paridad Education Consulting:
    Optimizing Outcomes for Multilingual Learners: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS/RtI (Multi-Tiered Support Systems/Response to Intervention)
    May 14-16, 2018, Madison, WI.
    This three-day institute will use a framework for data collection/assessment and planning that takes into account seven integral factors that influence students' performance in school. Through a collaborative solution-seeking process, participants will be guided to consider students' academic challenges from both a language learner perspective and from a special education perspective. Interactive approaches and resources will be featured in developing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, interventions and assessment.
    Register for the Institute!
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769
  • ​ALTELLA Project at WCER
    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about the Individual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • DLM correction window opens on May 10th. Any student who did not test will need to have a Reason for No Valid Test Attempt (RNVTA) entered in SIS under DLM-AA.​
  • DLM test window will close on May 9th. Any student not tested will need to have an RNVTA applied on May 10th when the correction window opens. No extensions for testing will be given.​
  • District test coordinators can begin to pull a DLM Test Administration Monitoring report in Educator Portal to verify who did or did not complete training.​
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018​
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Assessment5/2/2018

PARCC​​

S​AT®Spring 2018

  • NEW Four Steps to Accessing SAT® Suite of Assessment Results (for Educators and Students)​
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to students in their College Board account beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If students cannot view their scores, they should call the College Board's Student SAT Helpline at 1-866-756-7346.
  • SAT® School Day scores from the April 10, 2018, SAT School Day administration will be available to educators through the College Board K-12 Reporting Portal beginning Monday, May 21, 2018, for students who tested at their school.​
    Scores for some students will be released later than May 3, 2018, for reasons that include participation in the later accommodations testing window or on the makeup testing date, late receipt of answer sheets, missing information on the answer sheet, or other exception conditions that require additional attention. If educators have questions about the K-12 reporting portal contact College Board at 1-888-728-4357 or k12reports@info.collegeboard.org.
  • SAT data are scheduled to be posted in ISBE's Student Information System in mid-July 2018.​
  • Districts may begin to review the SAT Correction file in SIS, including entering “Reason for No Valid Test Attempt" (RNVTA) codes. Please refer to slides 41-49 from the April 13, 2018, Assessment Webinar Update PowerPoint for detailed guidance.​
  • 2018 SAT® Test Windows
    • Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • Accommodated Test Window: April 10 – 24, 2018
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

PSAT

  • NEW - April 24, 2018: PSAT Reimbursement Webinar
    View the updated detailed information and webinar recording for details about how to submit for reimbursement. Reimbursement requests must be submitted by May 31, 2018.
  • If you have any questions, please email dabrown@isbe.net or call 866-317-6034.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018​

  • NEW - The 2017-18 ISA window closed Monday, April 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. ISBE will now begin to load test records into IWAS under the Assessments System Listing and expects this process to be completed within two weeks. School districts can continue to enter RNVTA and make corrections to SIS data. ISBE will announce via the listserv and webinars when the ISA correction window closes (after agency staff complete the initial data reviews etc.). ​

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

Access

  • NEW - WIDA 2018 Summer Professional Development Academies
    Academies are three-day offerings that allow K-12 educators to further explore WIDA's products and resources, supporting their implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Designed for 30-50 participants, they provide ample opportunities for discussion and application. Learn More.
  • WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule​
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • American Indian English Learner Research Alliance Conference
    The Second Annual AIERA Conference will be held June 12-14, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The aim of the conference is to celebrate Native languages, cultural preservation and culturally responsive instruction and assessment. The presenters and keynote speakers will share resources, information and tools as well as provide opportunities for networking and collaboration. The conference is a product of collaboration between the NM Public Education Department, University of Wisconsin, South Central Comprehensive Center, Utah Public Education Department, and Albuquerque Public Schools.  Register here to attend.
  • WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.​
  • ACCESS Data Corrections for 2018
    The preliminary results for the 2017-18 ACCESS administration are scheduled to appear in SIS on May 7, 2018. Data corrections will last until May 25, 2018. Final reports will be provided to districts and schools on August 1, 2018.​​
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued

    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.​

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.​

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results​
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.​​
  • ​WIDA Sponsorship of Multilingual Institute
    WIDA is proud to sponsor the following institute provided by Paridad Education Consulting:
    Optimizing Outcomes for Multilingual Learners: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS/RtI (Multi-Tiered Support Systems/Response to Intervention)
    May 14-16, 2018, Madison, WI.
    This three-day institute will use a framework for data collection/assessment and planning that takes into account seven integral factors that influence students' performance in school. Through a collaborative solution-seeking process, participants will be guided to consider students' academic challenges from both a language learner perspective and from a special education perspective. Interactive approaches and resources will be featured in developing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, interventions and assessment.
    Register for the Institute!
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769
  • ​ALTELLA Project at WCER
    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • NEW - DLM correction window opens on May 10th. Any student who did not test will need to have a Reason for No Valid Test Attempt (RNVTA) entered in SIS under DLM-AA.​
  • NEW ​- DLM test window will close on May 9th. Any student not tested will need to have an RNVTA applied on May 10th when the correction window opens. No extensions for testing will be given.​
  • NEW - Any student needed to be added to the system for testing must be done by May 3rd. Students will not be added after this date due to the length of time it takes for testlets to be delivered.​
  • ​Student Personal Identifiable Information (PII) should not be sent via email to either the state or DLM. You can send the SIS ID only for when correcting student level isssues.
  • ​Test tickets will not appear for students:
    • First contact survey is not completed
    • Teacher did not complete training
    • Teacher did not agree to the security agreement.
  • ​Once the first contact survey is completed, it takes 24 hours for test tickets to appear.
  • Teacher training must be completed before first contact survey can be completed.
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018​

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ISA Testing Window
Assessment4/27/2018
Reminder:

The 2018 Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) testing window closes Monday, April 30. If you have not done so already, please verify the students who tested show in “submitted” status. Students in “paused” or “in progress” status will be suppressed and count against assessment participation. If the student is showing “paused” or “in progress” status, and you know the student tested, you may use the access code and submit the test for them.

The Student Test Status report will display the test status and access code for each student.  It can be found at:
Systems User Guide - ISA
Running Student test status reports (p. 40)

Also, the window to collect Reasons for No Valid Test Attempts (RNVTA) remains open and is accessed via IWAS, under Assessments.

As always, you can call the Student Assessment Office at (866) 317-4032 if you have questions. ​

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690
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment4/24/2018
​​​​

PARCC​​

S​AT®Spring 2018

PSAT

  • NEW - April 24, 2018: PSAT Reimbursement Webinar
    Join us for a webinar on April 24, 2018, at 1:30 PM CST
    This webinar will be recorded and posted for those unable to attend.
  • PSAT Reimbursement​ - Start collecting your PSAT invoices and proof of payment (Purchase Order #s, etc.). The collection will be online, by school, and will require upload of the invoice and proof of purchase along with student n-counts and dollar amounts. A grant agreement is being prepared for posting on the 2017-18 PSAT Reimbursement page​.
  • If you have any questions, please email ilsat@collegeboard.org or call 847-653-4554.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018​

  • Districts that manage both outgoing and incoming traffic onto networks, can use the following information to assist in set up for a successful ISA. While the published ISA whitelist helps manage outgoing traffic, the following information will help manage incoming traffic.

    Incoming requests, such as test data, assets, etc. for the ISA are served by CloudFront. CloudFront requests will come from a range of IPs that AWS provides. At this time, there is only incoming traffic from the following CloudFront Global IP listed block: 52.84.0.0/15. However, this could expand to other blocks on the list as test traffic picks up, so you may choose to whitelist the entire range in the linked test in preparation for the ISA.

    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentationfor the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts were created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018.  If you have not logged in, go to the ISBE Teach login screen and request a new password to be sent.  If you do not have a 2018 account, see your superintendent, principal, or director as appropriate and ask to have one created.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - ​WIDA Screener Live Q&A Webinar Schedule​
    WIDA and DRC are offering free, live Q&A webinars about the WIDA Screener. Some of the webinars will focus on the online WIDA Screener, and others will address the paper form.
    Please see the schedule and log in information at this link. No advance registration is required. You can join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once complete.
  • NEW - American Indian English Learner Research Alliance Conference
    The Second Annual AIERA Conference will be held June 12-14, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The aim of the conference is to celebrate Native languages, cultural preservation and culturally responsive instruction and assessment. The presenters and keynote speakers will share resources, information and tools as well as provide opportunities for networking and collaboration. The conference is a product of collaboration between the NM Public Education Department, University of Wisconsin, South Central Comprehensive Center, Utah Public Education Department, and Albuquerque Public Schools.  Register here to attend.
  • NEW - WIDA Client Services Center Summer Hours April through September
    Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm CT
    866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    A customer service representative will be available by phone and email during these times. We respond to other email and voicemail messages within 24 hours.​
  • ACCESS Data Corrections for 2018
    The preliminary results for the 2017-18 ACCESS administration are scheduled to appear in SIS on May 7, 2018. Data corrections will last until May 25, 2018. Final reports will be provided to districts and schools on August 1, 2018.​​
  • ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued

    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.​

  • My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.​

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results​
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.​​
  • ​WIDA Sponsorship of Multilingual Institute
    WIDA is proud to sponsor the following institute provided by Paridad Education Consulting:
    Optimizing Outcomes for Multilingual Learners: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS/RtI (Multi-Tiered Support Systems/Response to Intervention)
    May 14-16, 2018, Madison, WI.
    This three-day institute will use a framework for data collection/assessment and planning that takes into account seven integral factors that influence students' performance in school. Through a collaborative solution-seeking process, participants will be guided to consider students' academic challenges from both a language learner perspective and from a special education perspective. Interactive approaches and resources will be featured in developing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, interventions and assessment.
    Register for the Institute!
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.
    Contact WCEPS,
    Email WCEPS
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769
  • ​ALTELLA Project at WCER
    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • NEW - DLM correction window opens on May 10th. Any student who did not test will need to have a Reason for No Valid Test Attempt (RNVTA) entered in SIS under DLM-AA.​
  • ​Social studies and other is not allowed for rosters.​
  • Students who are to be assessed for DLM must have a DLM Pre-ID.  Please verify that your current enrollment in DLM matches your enrollment in SIS DLM Pre-ID. Districts can download a report in DLM and in SIS to verify that information.​​
  • Student Personal Identifiable Information (PII) should not be sent via email to either the state or DLM. You can send the SIS ID only for when correcting student level isssues.
  • ​Test tickets will not appear for students:
    • First contact survey is not completed
    • Teacher did not complete training
    • Teacher did not agree to the security agreement.
  • ​Once the first contact survey is completed, it takes 24 hours for test tickets to appear.
  • Teacher training must be completed before first contact survey can be completed.
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018​​
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment4/18/2018

PARCC​​

S​AT®Spring 2018

PSAT

  • PSAT Reimbursement​ - Start collecting your PSAT invoices and proof of payment (Purchase Order #s, etc.). The collection will be online, by school, and will require upload of the invoice and proof of purchase along with student n-counts and dollar amounts. A grant agreement is being prepared for posting on the 2017-18 PSAT Reimbursement page​.
  • If you have any questions, please email ilsat@collegeboard.org or call 847-653-4554.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018​

  • Districts that manage both outgoing and incoming traffic onto networks, can use the following information to assist in set up for a successful ISA. While the published ISA whitelist helps manage outgoing traffic, the following information will help manage incoming traffic.

    Incoming requests, such as test data, assets, etc. for the ISA are served by CloudFront. CloudFront requests will come from a range of IPs that AWS provides. At this time, there is only incoming traffic from the following CloudFront Global IP listed block: 52.84.0.0/15. However, this could expand to other blocks on the list as test traffic picks up, so you may choose to whitelist the entire range in the linked test in preparation for the ISA.

    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentationfor the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts were created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018.  If you have not logged in, go to the ISBE Teach login screen and request a new password to be sent.  If you do not have a 2018 account, see your superintendent, principal, or director as appropriate and ask to have one created.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - ACCESS Data Corrections for 2018

    The preliminary results for the 2017-18 ACCESS administration are scheduled to appear in SIS on May 7, 2018. Data corrections will last until May 25, 2018. Final reports will be provided to districts and schools on August 1, 2018.​

  • NEW - ACCESS Score Caps Discontinued

    For 2017-18, score caps will no longer be applied to Tiers A and B of the listening and reading domains on the paper form. Prior to the 2017-18 administration, students who took the ACCESS for ELLs Tier A and Tier B test forms using the paper mode had their proficiency level (PL) scores capped. Tier C proficiency level scores were not capped.

    • Students taking the Tier A test form could not score above PL4.0 in Listening or Reading.
    • Students taking the Tier B test form could not score above PL5.0 in Listening or Reading.

    The WIDA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended removing the score caps as a step to improve score comparability between the Paper and Online administration modes of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Beginning in 2017-18, score caps have been removed for listening and reading and students' PL scores are no longer capped in any tier. This change applies only to ACCESS (Paper test form) in grades 1-12.​

  • NEW - My Child is an ELL: A Parent's Guide

    WIDA has created a flyer that helps educators explain the EL identification process to parents and families.​

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results​
  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.​​
  • In 2019, WIDA will introduce a new standards-based instructional framework. An informational flyer provides an overview of the WIDA standards-based instructional framework. WIDA requests your input on the draft instructional framework during the public input period from March 22–April 20. Learn more at wida.us/standards. In 2019, WIDA will introduce a standards-based instructional framework. All EL educators and stakeholders are invited to submit input between March 22 and April 20, 2018.
  • ​WIDA Sponsorship of Multilingual Institute

    WIDA is proud to sponsor the following institute provided by Paridad Education Consulting:
    Optimizing Outcomes for Multilingual Learners: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS/RtI (Multi-Tiered Support Systems/Response to Intervention)
    May 14-16, 2018, Madison, WI.

    This three-day institute will use a framework for data collection/assessment and planning that takes into account seven integral factors that influence students' performance in school. Through a collaborative solution-seeking process, participants will be guided to consider students' academic challenges from both a language learner perspective and from a special education perspective. Interactive approaches and resources will be featured in developing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, interventions and assessment.

    Register for the Institute!

  • ACCESS Return Materials Receipt Report

    All secure paper ACCESS materials should, by now, have been returned to DRC. Materials that arrive late to DRC may be set aside for later processing, and those results will not appear with the preliminary data during ACCESS corrections in May. A report of returned materials is available on WIDA AMS to users with District or School Coordinator accounts.
    Log in, and go to Applications > Materials > Return Materials Receipt Report.

  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools

    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.

    Contact WCEPS, https://www.wceps.org/widapl#/
    wida.pl@wceps.org
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

  • ​ALTELLA Project at WCER
    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • NEW - Social studies and other is not allowed for rosters.​
  • NEW - Students who are to be assessed for DLM must have a DLM Pre-ID.  Please verify that your current enrollment in DLM matches your enrollment in SIS DLM Pre-ID. Districts can download a report in DLM and in SIS to verify that information.​​
  • Student Personal Identifiable Information (PII) should not be sent via email to either the state or DLM. You can send the SIS ID only for when correcting student level isssues.
  • For test resets, districts must contact Laura Quimby and provide the following information:
    • Test Session Name
    • Time of test that needs to be completed
    • SIS ID of student
    • Do not complete any testlets until the reset has occurred.
  • Number of testlets for each grade that must be completed:
    • ELA
      • 3rd - 5th grade-7 testlets
      • 6th - 8th grade-6 testlets
      • 11th grade-5 testlets
    • Math
      • 5th - 8th and 11th grade- 6 testlets
      • 4th grade-7 testlets
    • Science
      • 5th, 8th, and 11th grade-9 testlets​​
  • ​Test tickets will not appear for students:
    • First contact survey is not completed
    • Teacher did not complete training
    • Teacher did not agree to the security agreement.
  • Students are to be rostered for ELA and math in grades 3-8 and 11. In addition; grades 5, 8, and 11 are rostered for science.
  • Social studies and other is not allowed
  • Once the first contact survey is completed, it takes 24 hours for test tickets to appear.
  • Teacher training must be completed before first contact survey can be completed.
  • District test coordinators and building test coordinators need to verify everything is completed prior to the test window opening:
    • Student has a DLM Pre-ID
    • Student is placed on a roster for ELA and Math for grades 3-8 and 11, science for grades 5, 8, and 11.
    • Teacher has completed required training
    • First contact survey is completed
    • Security agreement is accepted
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018​



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2017-18 PSAT Reimbursement Webinar April 24
Assessment4/18/2018

ISBE is pleased to announce a reimbursement opportunity for the 2017-18 administration of College Board's assessments. ISBE will reimburse all public districts and/or schools for one administration per student of PSAT 8/9-9th Grade, PSAT/NMSQT -10th Grade or PSAT 10 in grades 9 and 10. Please see the 2017-18 PSAT Reimbursement page for more information.

ISBE is hosting a webinar from 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 24 to further explain the 2017-18 PSAT reimbursement opportunity and process. Registration is now available.

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687
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment4/11/2018
​​​

PARCC​​

S​AT®Spring 2018

PSAT

  • PSAT Reimbursement​ - Start collecting your PSAT invoices and proof of payment (Purchase Order #s, etc.). The collection will be online, by school, and will require upload of the invoice and proof of purchase along with student n-counts and dollar amounts. A grant agreement is being prepared for posting on the 2017-18 PSAT Reimbursement page​.
  • If you have any questions, please email ilsat@collegeboard.org or call 847-653-4554.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018​

  • Districts that manage both outgoing and incoming traffic onto networks, can use the following information to assist in set up for a successful ISA. While the published ISA whitelist helps manage outgoing traffic, the following information will help manage incoming traffic.

    Incoming requests, such as test data, assets, etc. for the ISA are served by CloudFront. CloudFront requests will come from a range of IPs that AWS provides. At this time, there is only incoming traffic from the following CloudFront Global IP listed block: 52.84.0.0/15. However, this could expand to other blocks on the list as test traffic picks up, so you may choose to whitelist the entire range in the linked test in preparation for the ISA.

    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentationfor the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts were created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018.  If you have not logged in, go to the ISBE Teach login screen and request a new password to be sent.  If you do not have a 2018 account, see your superintendent, principal, or director as appropriate and ask to have one created.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - WIDA Live Webinar
    Friday, April 13 from 11:00am–12:00pm
    Interpreting Score Reports
    Recordings​ of past webinars.
  • NEW - ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Interpretation Resources

    2017-18 score report resources are now updated and posted on the WIDA website, including:

    • Interpretive Guide for Score Reports
    • Individual Student Score Notes template
    • PowerPoint for talking with parents and families
    • Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results​
  • NEW - WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    Registration is now open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference! Attendees can save $100 during early bird registration which runs through May 31.​​
  • In 2019, WIDA will introduce a new standards-based instructional framework. An informational flyer provides an overview of the WIDA standards-based instructional framework. WIDA requests your input on the draft instructional framework during the public input period from March 22–April 20. Learn more at wida.us/standards. In 2019, WIDA will introduce a standards-based instructional framework. All EL educators and stakeholders are invited to submit input between March 22 and April 20, 2018.
  • WIDA is proud to sponsor the following institute provided by Paridad Education Consulting:
    Optimizing Outcomes for Multilingual Learners: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS/RtI (Multi-Tiered Support Systems/Response to Intervention)
    May 14-16, 2018, Madison, WI.
    This three-day institute will use a framework for data collection/assessment and planning that takes into account seven integral factors that influence students' performance in school. Through a collaborative solution-seeking process, participants will be guided to consider students' academic challenges from both a language learner perspective and from a special education perspective. Interactive approaches and resources will be featured in developing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, interventions and assessment.
    Register for the Institute!
  • ACCESS Return Materials Receipt Report
    All secure paper ACCESS materials should, by now, have been returned to DRC. Materials that arrive late to DRC may be set aside for later processing, and those results will not appear with the preliminary data during ACCESS corrections in May. A report of returned materials is available on WIDA AMS to users with District or School Coordinator accounts.
    Log in, and go to Applications > Materials > Return Materials Receipt Report.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.

    Contact WCEPS, https://www.wceps.org/widapl#/
    wida.pl@wceps.org
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

  • ALTELLA Project at WCER
    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • Student Personal Identifiable Information (PII) should not be sent via email to either the state or DLM. You can send the SIS ID only for when correcting student level isssues.
  • For test resets, districts must contact Laura Quimby and provide the following information:
    • Test Session Name
    • Time of test that needs to be completed
    • SIS ID of student
    • Do not complete any testlets until the reset has occurred.
  • Number of testlets for each grade that must be completed:
    • ELA
      • 3rd - 5th grade-7 testlets
      • 6th - 8th grade-6 testlets
      • 11th grade-5 testlets
    • Math
      • 5th - 8th and 11th grade- 6 testlets
      • 4th grade-7 testlets
    • Science
      • 5th, 8th, and 11th grade-9 testlets​​
  • ​Test tickets will not appear for students:
    • First contact survey is not completed
    • Teacher did not complete training
    • Teacher did not agree to the security agreement.
  • Students are to be rostered for ELA and math in grades 3-8 and 11. In addition; grades 5, 8, and 11 are rostered for science.
  • Social studies and other is not allowed
  • Once the first contact survey is completed, it takes 24 hours for test tickets to appear.
  • Teacher training must be completed before first contact survey can be completed.
  • District test coordinators and building test coordinators need to verify everything is completed prior to the test window opening:
    • Student has a DLM Pre-ID
    • Student is placed on a roster for ELA and Math for grades 3-8 and 11, science for grades 5, 8, and 11.
    • Teacher has completed required training
    • First contact survey is completed
    • Security agreement is accepted
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018​


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686
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment4/4/2018

PARCC​​

S​AT®Spring 2018

  • 2018 SAT® Test Windows
    • Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • Accommodated Test Window: April 10 – 24, 2018
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995
    ilsat@collegeboard.org
  • Secure Test Materials Arrival
    Secure test materials should arrive in schools by April 6, 2018. Upon receipt:
    • Confirm the materials are for the correct test administration and location. Make sure that the contents match the shipping notice exactly and that you have received the right quantity. Standard and nonstandard testing materials will arrive in separate shipments.
    • Reseal and store the carton(s) until the test date in a locked, secure area that you know has limited access. Never store test materials at your home.
    • Check the sealed carton(s) daily and notify College Board immediately if you see any evidence of tampering.
    • Contact College Board immediately if you require additional materials by calling 844-688-9555 (Option 1) or by emailing illinoisadministratorsupport@collegeboard.org.
    Test books for students who are required to test on the primary test date have covers with purple accents. They display the test name (SAT with Essay), along with important notes for the student. You’ll also have Essay books to distribute. An essay icon appears on covers for both the SAT with Essay test books and the separate Essay books. Students testing with accommodations may use standard purple test books or accommodated materials that are blue or lime green, depending on their approved accommodations. Students testing with State-Allowed accommodations will use lime green test books. Please refer to College Board’s Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) for more information.
  • Test Material Return & Pickup
    Secure test materials should arrive in schools by April 6, 2018. Upon receipt: As soon as testing ends, be ready to complete your Supervisor Report Form and pack up the test materials for pickup. Supervisors will receive an email on April 9, 2018, with details on the pre-arranged courier pickup of testing materials scheduled for the day after testing. If the pickup needs to be changed, follow the instructions in the email.
  • Requesting Makeup Materials
    The College Board will also send an email on April 9, 2018, with instructions for requesting materials for the makeup administration on April 24, 2018. All makeup requests must be submitted by midnight on April 12, 2018. Please respond to the survey even if you don’t need materials so College Board can accurately track responses. If you have any questions, please contact College Board’s Illinois Educator Support Hotline by calling 844-688-9555 (Option 1) or by emailing illinoisadministratorsupport@collegeboard.org.
  • State-provided SAT School Day Request to Cancel Test Scores
  • College Board-Approved Word-for-Word Glossaries (Updated 02/19/18)
  • SAT Translated Test Directions for ELs
  • SAT School Day Manuals:
  • SAT Test Cooordinator Implementation Handbook
  • Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator Handbook

PSAT

  • NEW - Start collecting your PSAT invoices and proof of payment (Purchase Order #s, etc.). The collection will be online, by school, and will require upload of the invoice and proof of purchase along with student n-counts and dollar amounts. A grant agreement is being prepared for posting on the 2017-18 PSAT Reimbursement page​.
  • If you have any questions, please email ilsat@collegeboard.org or call 847-653-4554.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018​

  • Districts that manage both outgoing and incoming traffic onto networks, can use the following information to assist in set up for a successful ISA. While the published ISA whitelist helps manage outgoing traffic, the following information will help manage incoming traffic.
    Incoming requests, such as test data, assets, etc. for the ISA are served by CloudFront. CloudFront requests will come from a range of IPs that AWS provides. At this time, there is only incoming traffic from the following CloudFront Global IP listed block: 52.84.0.0/15. However, this could expand to other blocks on the list as test traffic picks up, so you may choose to whitelist the entire range in the linked test in preparation for the ISA.
    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentationfor the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts were created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018.  If you have not logged in, go to the ISBE Teach login screen and request a new password to be sent.  If you do not have a 2018 account, see your superintendent, principal, or director as appropriate and ask to have one created.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • WIDA Standards Share-out-​WiDA Share-out
  • In 2019, WIDA will introduce a new standards-based instructional framework. An informational flyer provides an overview of the WIDA standards-based instructional framework. WIDA requests your input on the draft instructional framework during the public input period from March 22–April 20. Learn more at wida.us/standards. In 2019, WIDA will introduce a standards-based instructional framework. All EL educators and stakeholders are invited to submit input between March 22 and April 20, 2018.
  • WIDA is proud to sponsor the following institute provided by Paridad Education Consulting:
    Optimizing Outcomes for Multilingual Learners: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS/RtI (Multi-Tiered Support Systems/Response to Intervention)
    May 14-16, 2018, Madison, WI.
    This three-day institute will use a framework for data collection/assessment and planning that takes into account seven integral factors that influence students' performance in school. Through a collaborative solution-seeking process, participants will be guided to consider students' academic challenges from both a language learner perspective and from a special education perspective. Interactive approaches and resources will be featured in developing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, interventions and assessment.
    Register for the Institute!
  • ACCESS Return Materials Receipt Report
    All secure paper ACCESS materials should, by now, have been returned to DRC. Materials that arrive late to DRC may be set aside for later processing, and those results will not appear with the preliminary data during ACCESS corrections in May. A report of returned materials is available on WIDA AMS to users with District or School Coordinator accounts.
    Log in, and go to Applications > Materials > Return Materials Receipt Report.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.

    Contact WCEPS, https://www.wceps.org/widapl#/
    wida.pl@wceps.org
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

  • CAL/WIDA Symposium: Connecting WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards with Practical Tools for Effective Dual Language Classroom Instruction
    This engaging and interactive two-day symposium is designed to promote Spanish language development in a variety of bilingual and dual language settings. Join WIDA’s Spanish Language Development Standards with CAL’s effective Spanish instruction tools to support emergent bilinguals in your classroom. This is a Collaborative Symposium by the Center for Applied Linguistics and WIDA Español.

    April 10-11, 2018

    Location:
    Campbell Building – Multipurpose Room
    21 Thirkeld Ave. SW,
    Atlanta, GA
    Ph. 404-802-7580

    Registration Link

  • ALTELLA Project at WCER

    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • NEW - Student Personal Identifiable Information (PII) should not be sent via email to either the state or DLM. You can send the SIS ID only for when correcting student level isssues.
  • NEW - For test resets, districts must contact Laura Quimby and provide the following information:
    • Test Session Name
    • Time of test that needs to be completed
    • SIS ID of student
    • Do not complete any testlets until the reset has occurred.
  • Number of testlets for each grade that must be completed:
    • ELA
      • 3rd - 5th grade-7 testlets
      • 6th - 8th grade-6 testlets
      • 11th grade-5 testlets
    • Math
      • 5th - 8th and 11th grade- 6 testlets
      • 4th grade-7 testlets
    • Science
      • 5th, 8th, and 11th grade-9 testlets​​
  • ​Test tickets will not appear for students:
    • First contact survey is not completed
    • Teacher did not complete training
    • Teacher did not agree to the security agreement.
  • Students are to be rostered for ELA and math in grades 3-8 and 11. In addition; grades 5, 8, and 11 are rostered for science.
  • Social studies and other is not allowed
  • Once the first contact survey is completed, it takes 24 hours for test tickets to appear.
  • Teacher training must be completed before first contact survey can be completed.
  • District test coordinators and building test coordinators need to verify everything is completed prior to the test window opening:
    • Student has a DLM Pre-ID
    • Student is placed on a roster for ELA and Math for grades 3-8 and 11, science for grades 5, 8, and 11.
    • Teacher has completed required training
    • First contact survey is completed
    • Security agreement is accepted
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018​

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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment3/27/2018

PARCC​​

S​AT®Spring 2018

PSAT

ISA

  • Districts that manage both outgoing and incoming traffic onto networks, can use the following information to assist in set up for a successful ISA. While the published ISA whitelist helps manage outgoing traffic, the following information will help manage incoming traffic. Incoming requests, such as test data, assets, etc. for the ISA are served by CloudFront. CloudFront requests will come from a range of IPs that AWS provides. At this time, there is only incoming traffic from the following CloudFront Global IP listed block: 52.84.0.0/15. However, this could expand to other blocks on the list as test traffic picks up, so you may choose to whitelist the entire range in the linked test in preparation for the ISA.
    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentationfor the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts were created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018.  If you have not logged in, go to the ISBE Teach login screen and request a new password to be sent.  If you do not have a 2018 account, see your superintendent, principal, or director as appropriate and ask to have one created.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - WIDA Standards Share-out-​ WiDA Share-out
  • In 2019, WIDA will introduce a new standards-based instructional framework. An informational flyer provides an overview of the WIDA standards-based instructional framework. WIDA requests your input on the draft instructional framework during the public input period from March 22–April 20. Learn more at wida.us/standards. In 2019, WIDA will introduce a standards-based instructional framework. All EL educators and stakeholders are invited to submit input between March 22 and April 20, 2018.
  • WIDA is proud to sponsor the following institute provided by Paridad Education Consulting:
    Optimizing Outcomes for Multilingual Learners: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS/RtI (Multi-Tiered Support Systems/Response to Intervention)
    May 14-16, 2018, Madison, WI.
    This three-day institute will use a framework for data collection/assessment and planning that takes into account seven integral factors that influence students' performance in school. Through a collaborative solution-seeking process, participants will be guided to consider students' academic challenges from both a language learner perspective and from a special education perspective. Interactive approaches and resources will be featured in developing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, interventions and assessment.
    Register for the Institute!
  • ACCESS Return Materials Receipt Report
    All secure paper ACCESS materials should, by now, have been returned to DRC. Materials that arrive late to DRC may be set aside for later processing, and those results will not appear with the preliminary data during ACCESS corrections in May. A report of returned materials is available on WIDA AMS to users with District or School Coordinator accounts.
    Log in, and go to Applications > Materials > Return Materials Receipt Report.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.

    Contact WCEPS, https://www.wceps.org/widapl#/
    wida.pl@wceps.org
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

  • CAL/WIDA Symposium: Connecting WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards with Practical Tools for Effective Dual Language Classroom Instruction
    This engaging and interactive two-day symposium is designed to promote Spanish language development in a variety of bilingual and dual language settings. Join WIDA’s Spanish Language Development Standards with CAL’s effective Spanish instruction tools to support emergent bilinguals in your classroom. This is a Collaborative Symposium by the Center for Applied Linguistics and WIDA Español.

    April 10-11, 2018

    Location:
    Campbell Building – Multipurpose Room
    21 Thirkeld Ave. SW,
    Atlanta, GA
    Ph. 404-802-7580

    Registration Link

  • ALTELLA Project at WCER

    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • NEW - Number of testlets for each grade that must be completed:
    • ELA
      • 3rd - 5th grade-7 testlets
      • 6th - 8th grade-6 testlets
      • 11th grade-5 testlets
    • Math
      • 5th - 8th and 11th grade- 6 testlets
      • 4th grade-7 testlets
    • Science
      • 5th, 8th, and 11th grade-9 testlets
  • NEW - For test resets, districts must contact Laura Quimby and provide the following information:
    • Test Session Name
    • Time of test that needs to be completed
    • SIS ID of student
    • Do not complete any testlets until the reset has occurred.
  • Test tickets will not appear for students:
    • First contact survey is not completed
    • Teacher did not complete training
    • Teacher did not agree to the security agreement.
  • Students are to be rostered for ELA and math in grades 3-8 and 11. In addition; grades 5, 8, and 11 are rostered for science.
  • Social studies and other is not allowed
  • Once the first contact survey is completed, it takes 24 hours for test tickets to appear.
  • Teacher training must be completed before first contact survey can be completed.
  • District test coordinators and building test coordinators need to verify everything is completed prior to the test window opening:
    • Student has a DLM Pre-ID
    • Student is placed on a roster for ELA and Math for grades 3-8 and 11, science for grades 5, 8, and 11.
    • Teacher has completed required training
    • First contact survey is completed
    • Security agreement is accepted
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018


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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment3/20/2018

PARCC​​

S​AT®Spring 2018

PSAT

ISA

  • Districts that manage both outgoing and incoming traffic onto networks, can use the following information to assist in set up for a successful ISA. While the published ISA whitelist helps manage outgoing traffic, the following information will help manage incoming traffic. Incoming requests, such as test data, assets, etc. for the ISA are served by CloudFront. CloudFront requests will come from a range of IPs that AWS provides. At this time, there is only incoming traffic from the following CloudFront Global IP listed block: 52.84.0.0/15. However, this could expand to other blocks on the list as test traffic picks up, so you may choose to whitelist the entire range in the linked test in preparation for the ISA.
  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018

    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentationfor the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts were created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018.  If you have not logged in, go to the ISBE Teach login screen and request a new password to be sent.  If you do not have a 2018 account, see your superintendent, principal, or director as appropriate and ask to have one created.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW- In 2019, WIDA will introduce a new standards-based instructional framework. An informational flyer provides an overview of the WIDA standards-based instructional framework. WIDA requests your input on the draft instructional framework during the public input period from March 22–April 20. Learn more at wida.us/standards. In 2019, WIDA will introduce a standards-based instructional framework. All EL educators and stakeholders are invited to submit input between March 22 and April 20, 2018.
  • NEW- WIDA is proud to sponsor the following institute provided by Paridad Education Consulting:
    Optimizing Outcomes for Multilingual Learners: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS/RtI (Multi-Tiered Support Systems/Response to Intervention)
    May 14-16, 2018, Madison, WI.
    This three-day institute will use a framework for data collection/assessment and planning that takes into account seven integral factors that influence students' performance in school. Through a collaborative solution-seeking process, participants will be guided to consider students' academic challenges from both a language learner perspective and from a special education perspective. Interactive approaches and resources will be featured in developing culturally and linguistically responsive instruction, interventions and assessment.
    Register for the Institute!
  • ACCESS Return Materials Receipt Report
    All secure paper ACCESS materials should, by now, have been returned to DRC. Materials that arrive late to DRC may be set aside for later processing, and those results will not appear with the preliminary data during ACCESS corrections in May. A report of returned materials is available on WIDA AMS to users with District or School Coordinator accounts.
    Log in, and go to Applications > Materials > Return Materials Receipt Report.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.

    Contact WCEPS, https://www.wceps.org/widapl#/
    wida.pl@wceps.org
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

  • CAL/WIDA Symposium: Connecting WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards with Practical Tools for Effective Dual Language Classroom Instruction
    This engaging and interactive two-day symposium is designed to promote Spanish language development in a variety of bilingual and dual language settings. Join WIDA’s Spanish Language Development Standards with CAL’s effective Spanish instruction tools to support emergent bilinguals in your classroom. This is a Collaborative Symposium by the Center for Applied Linguistics and WIDA Español.

    April 10-11, 2018

    Location:
    Campbell Building – Multipurpose Room
    21 Thirkeld Ave. SW,
    Atlanta, GA
    Ph. 404-802-7580

    Registration Link

  • ALTELLA Project at WCER

    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • NEW - Test tickets will not appear for students:
    • First contact survey is not completed
    • Teacher did not complete training
    • Teacher did not agree to the security agreement.
  • Students are to be rostered for ELA and math in grades 3-8 and 11. In addition; grades 5, 8, and 11 are rostered for science.
  • Social studies and other is not allowed
  • Once the first contact survey is completed, it takes 24 hours for test tickets to appear.
  • Teacher training must be completed before first contact survey can be completed.
  • District test coordinators and building test coordinators need to verify everything is completed prior to the test window opening:
    • Student has a DLM Pre-ID
    • Student is placed on a roster for ELA and Math for grades 3-8 and 11, science for grades 5, 8, and 11.
    • Teacher has completed required training
    • First contact survey is completed
    • Security agreement is accepted
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

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683
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment3/13/2018

PARCC​​

S​AT®

PSAT

ISA

  • NEW - Districts that manage both outgoing and incoming traffic onto networks, can use the following information to assist in set up for a successful ISA. While the published ISA whitelist helps manage outgoing traffic, the following information will help manage incoming traffic. Incoming requests, such as test data, assets, etc. for the ISA are served by CloudFront. CloudFront requests will come from a range of IPs that AWS provides. At this time, there is only incoming traffic from the following CloudFront Global IP listed block: 52.84.0.0/15. However, this could expand to other blocks on the list as test traffic picks up, so you may choose to whitelist the entire range in the linked test in preparation for the ISA.
  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018

    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentationfor the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts were created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018.  If you have not logged in, go to the ISBE Teach login screen and request a new password to be sent.  If you do not have a 2018 account, see your superintendent, principal, or director as appropriate and ask to have one created.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • UPDATED - ACCESS End of Testing for SY2018
    The final day for ACCESS Testing was March 6, 2018. The deadline for shipping completed test materials (2nd waiver) back to DRC is Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Materials that arrive late to DRC may be set aside for later processing, and those results will not appear with the preliminary data during ACCESS corrections in May. A report of returned materials is available on WIDA AMS to users with District or School Coordinator accounts.
    Log in, and go to Applications>Materials>Return Materials Receipt Report.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.

    Contact WCEPS, https://www.wceps.org/widapl#/
    wida.pl@wceps.org
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

  • CAL/WIDA Symposium: Connecting WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards with Practical Tools for Effective Dual Language Classroom Instruction
    This engaging and interactive two-day symposium is designed to promote Spanish language development in a variety of bilingual and dual language settings. Join WIDA’s Spanish Language Development Standards with CAL’s effective Spanish instruction tools to support emergent bilinguals in your classroom. This is a Collaborative Symposium by the Center for Applied Linguistics and WIDA Español.

    April 10-11, 2018

    Location:
    Campbell Building – Multipurpose Room
    21 Thirkeld Ave. SW,
    Atlanta, GA
    Ph. 404-802-7580

    Registration Link

  • ALTELLA Project at WCER

    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

  • NEW - Test tickets will not appear until March 14th.
  • NEW - Students are to be rostered for the following:
    • Grades 3-8 and 11 for ELA and Math
    • Grades 5, 8, and 11 only for Science
    • Social studies and other is not allowed
  • NEW - First contact survey must be completed before test tickets will appear.
  • NEW - Teacher training must be completed before first contact survey can be completed.
  • NEW - District test coordinators and building test coordinators need to verify everything is completed prior to the test window opening:
    • Student has a DLM Pre-ID
    • Student is placed on a roster for ELA and Math for grades 3-8 and 11, science for grades 5, 8, and 11.
    • Teacher has completed required training
    • First contact survey is completed
    • Security agreement is accepted
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
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682
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment3/6/2018

PARCC​​

S​AT®

PSAT

ISA

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018

    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentationfor the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts were created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018.  If you have not logged in, go to the ISBE Teach login screen and request a new password to be sent.  If you do not have a 2018 account, see your superintendent, principal, or director as appropriate and ask to have one created.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - ACCESS End of Testing for SY2018
    The final day for ACCESS Testing is March 6, 2018. The deadline for shipping completed test materials (2nd waiver) back to DRC is Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Materials that arrive late to DRC may be set aside for later processing, and those results will not appear with the preliminary data during ACCESS corrections in May.
  • WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.

    Contact WCEPS, https://www.wceps.org/widapl#/
    wida.pl@wceps.org
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

  • CAL/WIDA Symposium: Connecting WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards with Practical Tools for Effective Dual Language Classroom Instruction
    This engaging and interactive two-day symposium is designed to promote Spanish language development in a variety of bilingual and dual language settings. Join WIDA’s Spanish Language Development Standards with CAL’s effective Spanish instruction tools to support emergent bilinguals in your classroom. This is a Collaborative Symposium by the Center for Applied Linguistics and WIDA Español.

    April 10-11, 2018

    Location:
    Campbell Building – Multipurpose Room
    21 Thirkeld Ave. SW,
    Atlanta, GA
    Ph. 404-802-7580

    Registration Link

  • ALTELLA Project at WCER

    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

DLM

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680
  
PARCC - Feb. 28th Data Upload from SIS
Assessment3/1/2018

The student data file upload that was scheduled for last night (2/28) has not been completed. It will be completed today. Sorry for the delay.

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PARCC Listserv 3-1-2018
Assessment3/1/2018

*The last student record upload (from SIS to PAN) has been completed.

*School staff can now adjust student accommodations directly in PAN.

*School staff can print student log-in tickets after students have been assigned to sessions.

*Please make student transfer requests in PAN going forward.

*Please Run - Students with Online Test but not assigned to Session (in PAN under Operational Reports). The report will list all students that are assigned to take a test in the online format but have not yet been added to a testing session for the administration of that online test.

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679
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment2/27/2018

PARCC​​

S​AT®

PSAT

ISA

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018

    NEW - Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentationfor the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts were created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018.  If you have not logged in, go to the ISBE Teach login screen and request a new password to be sent.  If you do not have a 2018 account, see your superintendent, principal, or director as appropriate and ask to have one created.

  • NEW - Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2017-18 Test ​​​Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2018
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st – April 30th, 2019

Access

  • NEW - WIDA Foundational Workshops are Now Available to Districts and Schools
    WIDA-developed, research-based professional learning workshops are now available. The workshops are designed to support use of the WIDA ELD Standards & Assessment System in districts and schools.

    Contact WCEPS, https://www.wceps.org/widapl#/
    wida.pl@wceps.org
    toll free:1.877.272.5593
    fax: 1.608.441.2769

  • NEW - CAL/WIDA Symposium: Connecting WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards with Practical Tools for Effective Dual Language Classroom Instruction
    This engaging and interactive two-day symposium is designed to promote Spanish language development in a variety of bilingual and dual language settings. Join WIDA’s Spanish Language Development Standards with CAL’s effective Spanish instruction tools to support emergent bilinguals in your classroom. This is a Collaborative Symposium by the Center for Applied Linguistics and WIDA Español.

    April 10-11, 2018

    Location:
    Campbell Building – Multipurpose Room
    21 Thirkeld Ave. SW,
    Atlanta, GA
    Ph. 404-802-7580

    Registration Link

  • End of 2018 Testing Window

    ACCESS testing for 2018 will soon come to a close. If you find that you need an additional few days to complete testing, you may simply use them without notifying the state. If you need an extension of a week or longer, contact Barry Pedersen at 866-317-6034, bpederse@isbe.net.

  • ALTELLA Project at WCER

    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

  • WIDA Video Contest

    WIDA wants to hear what you love about the WIDA Annual Conference! Share a video with WIDA that shows what you love about the conference for a chance to win a free registration to the 2018 Annual Conference in Detroit, Michigan from October 23-26, 2018.

    WiDA Video Contest
  • ACCESS Writing Field Test
    Schools that are administering the Handwritten Field Test for students in grades 1-3 should ship their materials by February 16, 2018.
    The online Writing Field Test for grades 4-12 continues until March 2, 2018.
  • ACCESS District/School Labels
    All paper test booklets require either a Pre-ID label, or a District/School Label with manually entered student information. To request additional District/School labels, please email the following information to either Barry Pedersen or Sam Aguirre. Labels will be sent to districts offices and CPS schools.
    • # of additional labels
    • District Name
    • District Code
    • School Name
    • School Code
    • District Contact Name
    • District Contact Email
  • 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 

DLM

  • NEW - District test coordinators need to verify all students in their testing location are accounted for in Educator Portal.
  • NEW - Teachers must complete all First Contact surveys for their students by March 13.
  • NEW - Teachers must complete the required training by March 9th.
  • NEW - Test tickets for DLM will not be delivered until March 14th.
  • NEW - Please access the guidance documents located on the DLM website (Illinois page) for guidance on retrieving the student usernames and passwords for testing.
  • NEW - Please consult the manuals and guidance documents for assistance with regards to updating user accounts, adding users, or rostering students.
  • Test Windows: 2017-2018 School year
    • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment2/20/2018

PARCC​​

S​AT®

PSAT

ISA

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018

    The ISA page was updated last week to include Resources and Documents for test coordinators and administrators and Assessment Technology Requirements for technology coordinators.  This information comes two weeks earlier than scheduled and has been posted so users may prepare questions for the February 23, 2018 ISA specific webinar (Join us for a webinar on Feb 23, 2018, at 1:30 PM CST) and begin configuring technology systems for test administration.

    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentation for the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts will be created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018 (See slide 18 of the presentation to find directions on how to update the EPS data.).  Look for the welcome email from noreply@ileducates.org.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
    • Join us for a webinar on Feb 23, 2018, at 1:30 PM CST.
    • This webinar will cover the following items:
      • Review ISA
      • Highlight System Enhancements
      • Demonstrate ISA Systems:
        • ISBE Rostering Tool (Import Wizard)
        • ISBE-Teach
        • ISBE-Learn

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

  • 2017 Illinois Science Assessment Student Roster Reports Available in IWAS

    The 2017 Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) student-level results are now available to schools and districts for viewing in IWAS in the Assessment system listing. The 2017 data corrections window closed on Dec. 15th.

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

Access

  • NEW - End of 2018 Testing Window

    ACCESS testing for 2018 will soon come to a close. If you find that you need an additional few days to complete testing, you may simply use them without notifying the state. If you need an extension of a week or longer, contact Barry Pedersen at 866-317-6034, bpederse@isbe.net.

  • NEW - ALTELLA Project at WCER

    If you serve ELs with significant cognitive disabilities, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research would like your assistance. WCER is creating a profile of this population to guide research and practice. Educators are asked to complete an Individual Characteristics Questionnaire for each student to inform the project. The questionnaire is anonymous, and requires 15-20 minutes per student. More information about theIndividual Characteristics Questionnaire.

  • NEW - WIDA Video Contest

    WIDA wants to hear what you love about the WIDA Annual Conference! Share a video with WIDA that shows what you love about the conference for a chance to win a free registration to the 2018 Annual Conference in Detroit, Michigan from October 23-26, 2018.

    WiDA Video Contest
  • ACCESS Writing Field Test
    Schools that are administering the Handwritten Field Test for students in grades 1-3 should ship their materials by February 16, 2018.
    The online Writing Field Test for grades 4-12 continues until March 2, 2018.
  • ACCESS District/School Labels
    All paper test booklets require either a Pre-ID label, or a District/School Label with manually entered student information. To request additional District/School labels, please email the following information to either Barry Pedersen or Sam Aguirre. Labels will be sent to districts offices and CPS schools.
    • # of additional labels
    • District Name
    • District Code
    • School Name
    • School Code
    • District Contact Name
    • District Contact Email
  • ACCESS: Help for New District Assessment Coordinators
  • 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 

DLM

  • NEW-

    Data clean up at the district level needs to be completed by March 13, 2018. The data clean up involves the following:

    • Duplicate students identified and removed if not testing in your district/school.
    • All users currently employed in your district are active. Users who have pending status need to be sent an email to activate their account. District test coordinators or building test coordinators can do this by clicking the users name and the email icon at the bottom of the user screen. This will send out an email to activate the account. Users, no longer employed in the district, must have their account deactivated.
    • Verify the first contact survey was completed for all students who are to be assessed.
    • Verify teachers have completed the required training.
    • Test Windows
      • 2017-2018 School year
        • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
​​
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment2/14/2018

PARCC

S​AT®

PSAT

ISA

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) – 2018

    The ISA page was updated last week to include Resources and Documents for test coordinators and administrators and Assessment Technology Requirements for technology coordinators.  This information comes two weeks earlier than scheduled and has been posted so users may prepare questions for the February 23, 2018 ISA specific webinar (Join us for a webinar on Feb 23, 2018, at 1:30 PM CST) and begin configuring technology systems for test administration.

    Please review the 2018 ISA 101 Presentation for the ISA calendar of events.  Note: 2017 ISA user accounts were purged from the system.  The 2018 user accounts will be created from administrator and ISA test coordinator data in EPS and loaded into ISBE-Teach on February 22, 2018 (See slide 18 of the presentation to find directions on how to update the EPS data.).  Look for the welcome email from noreply@ileducates.org.

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
    • Join us for a webinar on Feb 23, 2018, at 1:30 PM CST.
    • This webinar will cover the following items:
      • Review ISA
      • Highlight System Enhancements
      • Demonstrate ISA Systems:
        • ISBE Rostering Tool (Import Wizard)
        • ISBE-Teach
        • ISBE-Learn

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

      Note: agency staff will monitor enrollment, and if necessary, will schedule another date.

  • 2017 Illinois Science Assessment Student Roster Reports Available in IWAS

    The 2017 Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) student-level results are now available to schools and districts for viewing in IWAS in the Assessment system listing. The 2017 data corrections window closed on Dec. 15th.

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

Access

  • NEW - WIDA Video Contest

    WIDA wants to hear what you love about the WIDA Annual Conference! Share a video with WIDA that shows what you love about the conference for a chance to win a free registration to the 2018 Annual Conference in Detroit, Michigan from October 23-26, 2018.

    WiDA Video Contest
  • Returning ACCESS Writing Materials
    DRC encourages districts to return completed writing test materials for scoring as soon as possible.
  • ACCESS Writing Field Test
    Schools that are administering the Handwritten Field Test for students in grades 1-3 should ship their materials by February 16, 2018.
    The online Writing Field Test for grades 4-12 continues until March 2, 2018.
  • ACCESS District/School Labels
    All paper test booklets require either a Pre-ID label, or a District/School Label with manually entered student information. To request additional District/School labels, please email the following information to either Barry Pedersen or Sam Aguirre. Labels will be sent to districts offices and CPS schools.
    • # of additional labels
    • District Name
    • District Code
    • School Name
    • School Code
    • District Contact Name
    • District Contact Email
  • ACCESS: Help for New District Assessment Coordinators
  • 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 

  • 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 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 - Student uploads must be completed through a secure upload. The secure upload directions and template are attached. Student PII cannot be sent via email.
  • 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
Assessment2/6/2018

PARCC

S​AT®

PSAT

ISA

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
    • Join us for a webinar on Feb 23, 2018, at 1:30 PM CST.
    • This webinar will cover the following items:
      • Review ISA
      • Highlight System Enhancements
      • Demonstrate ISA Systems:
        • ISBE Rostering Tool (Import Wizard)
        • ISBE-Teach
        • ISBE-Learn

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

      Note: agency staff will monitor enrollment, and if necessary, will schedule another date.

  • 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.

  • 2017 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 closed on Dec. 15. Please note the 2017 ISA correction window has been open since June 2017; therefore, you may have already completed your review. 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

  • WIDA Webinar – Wednesday, February 7, 11am – 12pm CT

    Join Monitoring Completion (Online) Now

  • Returning ACCESS Writing Materials
    DRC encourages districts to return completed writing test materials for scoring as soon as possible.

  • ACCESS District/School Labels
    All paper test booklets require either a Pre-ID label, or a District/School Label with manually entered student information. To request additional District/School labels, please email the following information to either Barry Pedersen (bepderse@isbe.net) or Sam Aguirre (saguirre@isbe.net). Labels will be sent to districts offices and CPS schools.
    • # of additional labels
    • District Name
    • District Code
    • School Name
    • School Code
    • District Contact Name
    • District Contact Email
  • ACCESS Customer Service Infographic
    WIDA has created an Info-Graphic that distinguishes which customer service desk to call with your ACCESS questions. It includes the phone numbers, email addresses, hours of operation, and many links to useful information.
  • ACCESS: Help for New District Assessment Coordinators
  • 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 

  • 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 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 - Activities to be completed by February 14th, 2018:
    • First Contact Survey
    • Required Teacher Training         
  • NEW - New users need to be added as soon as possible to allow for the required training to be completed. The Guide to Required Test Administrator Training (pg. 6) will have the link and the username and password instructions.
  • NEW - The last student upload to DLM is February 9th, 2018. After this date, all uploads must be submitted to Laura Quimby. Follow the procedures below to submit the secure file:
    • Go to the ISBE website
    • Click on System Quick links in the top right hand corner
    • Click on Send ISBE a file:
      • Fill in your Name, Entity(District Name), Email address
      • ISBE email name:  Laura Quimby
      • Choose your file
      • Subject:  Student Upload
      • Message:  Date submitted
      • Click Submit
      • Student data emailed outside of this process will be deleted. Personal Identifiable Information has to be submitted securely.      
  • NEW - Information needed for student upload is SIS ID only, testing school name, testing school RCDTs, testing district name, testing district RCDTs, and student's home school name and RCDTs.
  • Test Windows
    • 2017-2018 School year
      • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
      • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
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675
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment1/30/2018

PARCC

S​AT®

PSAT

ISA

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar
    • Join us for a webinar on Feb 23, 2018, at 1:30 PM CST.
    • This webinar will cover the following items:
      • Review ISA
      • Highlight System Enhancements
      • Demonstrate ISA Systems:
        • ISBE Rostering Tool (Import Wizard)
        • ISBE-Teach
        • ISBE-Learn

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

      Note: agency staff will monitor enrollment, and if necessary, will schedule another date.

  • 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.

  • 2017 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 closed on Dec. 15. Please note the 2017 ISA correction window has been open since June 2017; therefore, you may have already completed your review. 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

  • WIDA has extended the proposal window for the 2018 Conference - February 4, 2018.

  • NEW - WIDA Webinar – Wednesday, February 7, 11am – 12pm CT

    Join Monitoring Completion (Online) Now

  • Returning ACCESS Writing Materials
    DRC encourages districts to return completed writing test materials for scoring as soon as possible.

  • ACCESS District/School Labels
    All paper test booklets require either a Pre-ID label, or a District/School Label with manually entered student information. To request additional District/School labels, please email the following information to either Barry Pedersen (bepderse@isbe.net) or Sam Aguirre (saguirre@isbe.net). Labels will be sent to districts offices and CPS schools.
    • # of additional labels
    • District Name
    • District Code
    • School Name
    • School Code
    • District Contact Name
    • District Contact Email
  • ACCESS Customer Service Infographic
    WIDA has created an Info-Graphic that distinguishes which customer service desk to call with your ACCESS questions. It includes the phone numbers, email addresses, hours of operation, and many links to useful information.
  • ACCESS: Help for New District Assessment Coordinators
  • 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 

  • 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 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 - All students in grades 3-8 and 11 must have a DLM Pre-ID in SIS.
    • NEW - Students who have a duplicate year (2018, 2018) are enrolled in two locations. If that student does not belong in that school, then use the Exit Student interface to remove that student using code 18.
    • NEW - DTCs need to verify DLM Pre-ID is correct in SIS. This will ensure that students are being uploaded correctly to 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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674
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment1/23/2018

PARCC

S​AT®

ISA

  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar

    Join us for a webinar on Feb 23, 2018, at 1:30 PM CST.

    This webinar will cover the following items:

    • Review ISA
    • Highlight System Enhancements
    • Demonstrate ISA Systems:
      • ISBE Rostering Tool (Import Wizard)
      • ISBE-Teach
      • ISBE-Learn

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

    Note: agency staff will monitor enrollment, and if necessary, will schedule another date.

  • 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.

  • 2017 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 closed on Dec. 15. Please note the 2017 ISA correction window has been open since June 2017; therefore, you may have already completed your review. 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– Winter Storm Impacting DRC Customer Service Wait-Times

    The Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area is experiencing winter storms January 22-23, 2018. DRC Customer Service is open and operational; however, the weather conditions are impacting staffing levels. As a result, there is potential for longer than usual customer service wait-times. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

    Please refer to the DRC System Status Page for updates.

  • NEW – Returning ACCESS Writing Materials
    DRC encourages districts to return completed writing test materials for scoring as soon as possible.

  • NEW - ACCESS DRC Maintenance to On-Demand Reporting
    DRC’s data center is conducting planned maintenance on Saturday, Jan. 27th starting at 8:00pm CT until Sunday, Jan. 28th at 8:00am CT.  During this time, On-Demand Reporting in WIDA AMS will be unavailable. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online and WIDA Screener Online testing will still be available.  ​

  • ACCESS District/School Labels
    All paper test booklets require either a Pre-ID label, or a District/School Label with manually entered student information. To request additional District/School labels, please email the following information to either Barry Pedersen (bepderse@isbe.net) or Sam Aguirre (saguirre@isbe.net). Labels will be sent to districts offices and CPS schools.
    • # of additional labels
    • District Name
    • District Code
    • School Name
    • School Code
    • District Contact Name
    • District Contact Email
  • ACCESS Customer Service Infographic
    WIDA has created an Info-Graphic that distinguishes which customer service desk to call with your ACCESS questions. It includes the phone numbers, email addresses, hours of operation, and many links to useful information.
  • ACCESS: Help for New District Assessment Coordinators
  • 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  

  • 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 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 - All students in grades 3-8 and 11 must have a DLM Pre-ID in SIS.
    • NEW - Students in grades 3, 4, 6, 7 who are placed on a science roster for instructionally embedded tests must be removed from the science roster by February 14th, 2018.  For spring assessments, only students in grades 5, 8, and 11 are to be assessed for science.
    • NEW - Students who have a duplicate year (2018, 2018) are enrolled in two locations. If that student does not belong in that school, then use the Exit Student interface to remove that student using code 18.
    • NEW - Dates to remember:
      • New users added to Educator Portal January 29, 2018
      • Rosters February 9, 2018
      • Required teacher training completed February 14, 2018
      • First Contact February 14 , 2018
      • Remove grades 3, 4, 6, 7, from Science Rosters February 14, 2018
  • DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year
    • Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will need to have an ELA and Math roster.
    • Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will need to have a Science roster.
    • Districts should not manually upload students into Educator Portal. Student records that do not appear 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.
    • Required teacher training needs to be completed by February 14th, 2018.
  • Test Windows
    • 2017-2018 School year
      • Wednesday, March 14th - Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
      • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - data lockdown begins
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Assessment1/17/2018

PARCC

S​AT®

ISA

  • NEW - Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar

    Join us for a webinar on Feb 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 PM CST.

    This webinar will cover the following items:

    • Review ISA
    • Highlight System Enhancements
    • Demonstrate ISA Systems:
      • ISBE Rostering Tool (Import Wizard)
      • ISBE-Teach
      • ISBE-Learn

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

    Note: agency staff will monitor enrollment, and if necessary, will schedule another date.

  • 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.

  • 2017 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 closed on Dec. 15. Please note the 2017 ISA correction window has been open since June 2017; therefore, you may have already completed your review. 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 - ACCESS District/School Labels
    All paper test booklets require either a Pre-ID label, or a District/School Label with manually entered student information. To request additional District/School labels, please email the following information to either Barry Pedersen (bepderse@isbe.net) or Sam Aguirre (saguirre@isbe.net). Labels will be sent to districts offices and CPS schools.

        • # of additional labels
        • District Name
        • District Code
        • School Name
        • School Code
        • District Contact Name
        • District Contact Email
  • NEW - ACCESS Customer Service Infographic
    WIDA has created an Info-Graphic that distinguishes which customer service desk to call with your ACCESS questions. It includes the phone numbers, email addresses, hours of operation, and many links to useful information.
  • ACCESS Materials Delivery and Additional Orders

    ACCESS Pre-ID Labels and paper testing materials are scheduled for delivery to Illinois sites on Monday, January 8th, 2018. UPS will make three attempts, on successive days, before returning them to DRC. Please, ensure that someone is available to receive them, and store them in a secure location.

    Additional materials may be ordered on WIDA AMS now through February 28th. Additional materials must be ordered at the district level. To place an additional material order, log in to WIDA AMS and go to Applications>Materials>Additional Materials.

  • ACCESS: Help for New District Assessment Coordinators
  • WIDA 2018 Annual Conference Proposals
    WIDA is now accepting proposals for the 2018 WIDA Annual Conference. Be sure to submit yours before the deadline of January 21st, 2018.
  • Call for WIDA Conference Proposal Reviewers
    Reviewers typically review 10–12 proposals and spend approximately 20 minutes each. The review window will take place from late January through early February 2018. Sign up here.
  • 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 

  • 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.

    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 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 – KITE Client and Educator Portal will not be available beginning Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Users will not be able to access either system during this period. Both systems will reopen Friday, January 19th at 7:00 a.m. Central time. This is a routine maintenance event. Teachers and staff should see no changes to the KITE Client or Educator Portal user interfaces from these enhancements.
    • NEW - All students in grades 3-8 and 11 must have a DLM Pre-ID in SIS.
    • NEW - Students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 who are placed on a science roster for instructionally embedded must be removed from the science roster by February 14th, 2018. For spring assessments. Only students in grades 5,8, and 11 are to be assessed for science.
    • Students who have a duplicate year (2018, 2018) are enrolled in two locations. If that student does not belong in that school, then use the Exit Student interface to remove that student using code 18.
  • DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year
    • Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will need to have an ELA and Math roster.
    • Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will need to have a Science roster.
    • Districts should not manually upload students into Educator Portal. Student records that do not appear 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.
    • Required teacher training needs to be completed by February 14th, 2018.
  • 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
Assessment1/9/2018

PARCC

S​AT®

  • 2018 SAT® Test Windows
    • SAT Initial Test Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • SAT Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • SAT Accommodated Test Window: April 10 – 24, 2018
  • 2017-18 SAT General Timeline
  • S​AT® Test Center Establishment

    The list of established SAT test centers for spring 2018 is now posted at SAT Test Centers 2018. This list includes the established school’s 15-digit RCDTS (Region-County-District-Type-School) code, 6-digit College Board AI (Attending Institution) code, and name. Only established test center RCDTS codes may be used as the Testing School in the SAT Pre-ID file in the Student Information System (SIS). AI codes identified as “In Process” will be updated as ISBE receives them from College Board.

    Contact assessment@isbe.net immediately if your school is not listed and you believe it should be.

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

    Districts must verify listed students and Testing RCDTS codes in the SAT Pre-ID file in SIS for accuracy. ISBE will pull SAT Pre-ID on Friday, January 26, 2018, to submit to College Board for Pre-ID label production and test material quantities (e.g., pre-administration materials, answer sheets, regular test books).

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

  • November 14, 2017: SAT® Overview Webinars
    These SAT overview webinars were recorded. PowerPoint decks are posted now and the recordings will be posted as soon as they becomes available.
  • ISBE Web Link for SAT® Information
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995
    ilsat@collegeboard.org
  • PSAT

    For the latest information, visit 2017-18 PSAT Reimbursement Page

    December 11-15, 2017: College Board PSAT Ordering System Webinar

    If you have any questions, please email ilsat@collegeboard.org or call 847-653-4554.

ISA

  • NEW - Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 2018 Webinar

    Join us for a webinar on Feb 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 PM CST.

    This webinar will cover the following items:

    • Review ISA
    • Highlight System Enhancements
    • Demonstrate ISA Systems:
      • ISBE Rostering Tool (Import Wizard)
      • ISBE-Teach
      • ISBE-Learn

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

    Note: agency staff will monitor enrollment, and if necessary, will schedule another date.

  • 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.

  • 2017 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 closed on Dec. 15. Please note the 2017 ISA correction window has been open since June 2017; therefore, you may have already completed your review. 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 -ACCESS Planned Outage

    DRC is planning an outage on Friday, Jan. 13th starting at 8pm CST through Saturday, Jan. 14th at 4pm CST. During this time, On Demand Reporting in WIDA AMS will be unavailable. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online and WIDA Screener Online testing will still be available.

  • ACCESS Pre-ID Label and Materials Delivery

    ACCESS Pre-ID Labels and paper testing materials are scheduled for delivery to Illinois sites on Monday, January 8th, 2018. UPS will make three attempts, on successive days, before returning them to DRC. Please, ensure that someone is available to receive them, and store them in a secure location.

    Additional materials may be ordered on WIDA AMS now through February 28th. Additional materials must be ordered at the district level. To place an additional material order, log in to WIDA AMS and go to Applications>Materials>Additional Materials.

  • ACCESS: Help for New District Assessment Coordinators
  • WIDA 2018 Annual Conference Proposals
    WIDA is now accepting proposals for the 2018 WIDA Annual Conference. Be sure to submit yours before the deadline of January 21st, 2018.
  • Call for WIDA Conference Proposal Reviewers
    Reviewers typically review 10–12 proposals and spend approximately 20 minutes each. The review window will take place from late January through early February 2018. Sign up here.
  • STEM Instruction Resources for ELs
    WIDA Researchers, led by Rita MacDonald, have recently concluded work on an NSF research grant, resulting in open-access resources to support equitable STEM instruction for English Learners. A link to these new resources is now on the WIDA website: Doing and Talking Math and Science website.
  • 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  

  • 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.

    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 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
    • All students in grades 3-8 and 11 must have a DLM Pre-ID in SIS.
    • NEW - Students who have a duplicate year (2018, 2018) are enrolled in two locations. If that student does not belong in that school, then use the Exit Student interface to remove that student using code 18.
  • DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year
    • Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will need to have an ELA and Math roster.
    • Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will need to have a Science roster.
    • Districts should not manually upload students into Educator Portal. All students need to have a DLM Pre-ID record in SIS. This will make the student record appear in the correct testing school.
    • Student records that do not appear 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.
    • 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
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Assessment1/3/2018

PARCC

S​AT®

ISA

  • 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.

  • 2017 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 closed on Dec. 15. Please note the 2017 ISA correction window has been open since June 2017; therefore, you may have already completed your review. 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 - ACCESS Pre-ID Label and Materials Delivery
    ACCESS Pre-ID Labels and paper testing materials are scheduled for delivery to Illinois sites on Monday, January 8th, 2018. UPS will make three attempts, on successive days, before returning them to DRC. Please, ensure that someone is available to receive them, and store them in a secure location.
  • NEW - ACCESS: Help for New District Assessment Coordinators
  • WIDA 2018 Annual Conference Proposals
    WIDA is now accepting proposals for the 2018 WIDA Annual Conference. Be sure to submit yours before the deadline of January 21st, 2018.
  • Call for WIDA Conference Proposal Reviewers
    Reviewers typically review 10–12 proposals and spend approximately 20 minutes each. The review window will take place from late January through early February 2018. Sign up here.
  • STEM Instruction Resources for ELs
    WIDA Researchers, led by Rita MacDonald, have recently concluded work on an NSF research grant, resulting in open-access resources to support equitable STEM instruction for English Learners. A link to these new resources is now on the WIDA website: Doing and Talking Math and Science website.
  • 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  

  • 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.

    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 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
    • Student uploads will begin in January on a weekly basis beginning this Friday.
    • NEW - All students in grades 3-8 and 11 must have a DLM Pre-ID in SIS.
    • NEW - Teacher training must be completed by February 14th, 2018.
  • DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year
    • Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will need to have an ELA and Math roster.
    • Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will need to have a Science roster.
    • Districts should not manually upload students into Educator Portal. All students need to have a DLM Pre-ID record in SIS. This will make the student record appear in the correct testing school.
    • Student records that do not appear 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.
    • 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
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651
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment12/20/2017

PARCC

S​AT®

ISA

  • 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.

  • 2017 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 closed on Dec. 15. Please note the 2017 ISA correction window has been open since June 2017; therefore, you may have already completed your review. 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 - WIDA 2018 Annual Conference Proposals
    WIDA is now accepting proposals for the 2018 WIDA Annual Conference. Be sure to submit yours before the deadline of January 21st, 2018.
  • NEW - Call for WIDA Conference Proposal Reviewers
    Reviewers typically review 10–12 proposals and spend approximately 20 minutes each. The review window will take place from late January through early February 2018. Sign up here.
  • STEM Instruction Resources for ELs
    WIDA Researchers, led by Rita MacDonald, have recently concluded work on an NSF research grant, resulting in open-access resources to support equitable STEM instruction for English Learners. A link to these new resources is now on the WIDA website: Doing and Talking Math and Science website.
  • 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  

  • 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.

    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 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 - Student uploads will begin in January on a weekly basis.
    • - Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will need to have an ELA and Math roster. 
    • - Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will need to have a Science roster. 
    • - Districts should not manually upload students into Educator Portal. All students need to have a DLM Pre-ID record in SIS. This will make the student record appear in the correct testing school.
    • - Student records that do not appear 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

NoAssessment & Accountability
650
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment12/12/2017

PARCC

S​AT®

ISA

  • 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.

  • 2017 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 - STEM Instruction Resources for ELs
    WIDA Researchers, led by Rita MacDonald, have recently concluded work on an NSF research grant, resulting in open-access resources to support equitable STEM instruction for English Learners. A link to these new resources is now on the WIDA website: Doing and Talking Math and Science website.
  • NEW - WIDA - Call for 2018 Conference Proposals

    We are now accepting proposals to present at WIDA 2018 Annual Conference in Detroit, Michigan (Oct. 23rd – 26th, 2018). The proposal window will be open from Dec. 4th through Jan. 21st, 2018. Learn more about the conference and submit your proposal on the WIDA Annual Conference webpage.

  • 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.

    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 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 in grades 3-8 and 11 will need to have an ELA and Math roster. 
    • NEW - Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will need to have a Science roster. 
    • NEW - Districts should not manually upload students into Educator Portal. All students need to have a DLM Pre-ID record in SIS. This will make the student record appear in the correct testing school.
    • NEW - Student records that do not appear 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

  • ISBE 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.

NoAssessment & Accountability
649
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
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.

NoAssessment & Accountability
648
  
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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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
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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
NoAssessment & Accountability
645
  
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

NoAssessment & Accountability
644
  
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

NoAssessment & Accountability
643
  
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 & 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

NoAssessment & Accountability
641
  
assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
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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assessment update webinar; PARCC; SAT; ISA; ACCESS; DLM
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

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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
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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
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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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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​
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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

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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 – Apri