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IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness),PARCC,  SAT®, PSAT™10, and PSAT™8/9 College Board Assessments,  Illinois Science Assessment (ISA), ACCESS, DLM
Assessment11/7/2018
  • Public Comment for Proposed Rule Changes to the State School Code - Section 1.30 State Assessment
    The link below contains proposed rule changes to the State Code that are available for public comment. Of note is proposed language related to the high school assessment and student graduation requirements.
    https://www.isbe.net/Documents/1-wf-Assessment-Updates.pdf
    Public comment may be submitted on any item for which the deadline has not yet passed, either via e-mail (addressed to rules@isbe.net) or via standard mail (addressed to Carla Wiley, Agency Rules Coordinator, ISBE, 100 North First Street - E-222, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001).
  • 1st Year in US Status
    Students with 1st Year in US status will take the math, ELA, and science (if applicable to the grade or course) assessments. The scores the students receive will not be used in the calculation for district and school accountability.​​
  • 2018-19 State Assessment Dates
  • Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
    The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
    • November 9th
    • November 30th
    • December 14th
  • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – Nov. 9, 2018
  • Recorded Assessment Webinars
  • SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

  • Students Must Test On Grade
    Beginning in 2019, students must test on grade. Students who have been accelerated in mathematics (for example), will not be able to take a high school course assessment (e.g., Algebra I assessment).​​
  • Notice of Award for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3-8) Provider
    ISBE has posted a letter announcing a notice of award that has been posted (reference #22041975) for the state’s procurement of an administration, scoring, reporting, and development vendor. The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) was awarded the contract.
    The agency has received a formal protest of the award. We will be able to provide more information about test administration after the review of the protest has been completed. 
    Please contact ISBE's Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 with any questions. We also encourage an administrator and/or assessment coordinator from each district to join the ISBE assessment division's webinars at 10 a.m. on the scheduled Fridays. Please find webinar details on the  Assessment Communications webpage​.​​

PARCC

SAT®, PSAT™10, and PSAT™8/9 College Board Assessments

  • Website for SAT and PSAT Information
  • New this year, ISBE will require public-school students in grade 9 to take the PSAT 8/9 and public-school students in grade 10 to take the PSAT 10, unless the student will take DLM-AA instead.
    ISBE will continue to require public-school students in grade 11 to take the SAT, unless the student will take DLM-AA instead.
    Additionally, some public-school students in grade 12 may also be required to take the SAT or DLM-AA, as appropriate. Please see the flowchart document for details about which grade 12 students are required to test.
  • District/School Conflict with Scheduled Test Dates
    If your district or school has a conflict with the test dates for the high school assessments (PSAT/SAT), please send an email to: assessment@isbe.net
  • 2018-19 Test Date Options
  • College Board Customer Service for Illinois:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • Please update your ISA Test Coordinator Field in the Entity Profile System (EPS).
    Directions beginning on Slide 103 of the presentation will step through the process to update the ISA Test Coordinator field. The data in the fields are used to create initial ISA user accounts for the current school year. ISBE will create accounts for one ISA Test Coordinator (if provided by the school or district) and one administrator for each entity in IWAS. ISBE will also create accounts for the superintendent (COOP Directors, etc.), an ISA district test coordinator, the building principal, and a building ISA test coordinator. The ISA Test Coordinator can be a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, etc. depending on school needs. ISBE will not create additional accounts. Staff within the district and school who have ISA user accounts initially set up by ISBE must create additional user accounts for other staff, as needed.
  • 2018 Illinois Science Assessment Summary Reports Now Available in IWASThe 2018 Illinois Science Assessment school and district summary reports are now available in IWAS through the Assessments listing.
    The reports are not FERPA compliant, so handle appropriately. If you have questions about the “Assessments” System Listing navigation, please contact the Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034. If you require technical assistance with IWAS in general (e.g., if you cannot see the “Assessments” System Listing), after reviewing the online help, please contact our Call Center at 217-558-3600 (option 3), during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019

ACCESS​

  • NEW​ - DRC System Status Webpage
    The DRC System Status webpage provides real-time updates on operations of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, the Testing Site Manager, and Educator Scoring. Educators can now subscribe (click button in upper right corner) to receive email updates when the status of any system changes. We encourage SEAs and LEAs to take advantage of this feature and expedite their awareness of any service interruptions impacting WIDA Screener or ACCESS for ELLs.
  • NEW​ - ACCESS Pre-ID Due Date – November 9, 2018
    Please check your ACCESS Pre-ID data to ensure that your EL records are complete and accurate. This data will be used to print and distribute Pre-ID labels and populate WIDA AMS with student records for online testing.
  • ACCESS Material Ordering
    WIDA AMS users now have accounts that are ready for the 2018-19 administration. Material ordering began on October 17, 2018 and continues through November 13, 2018. In addition to ordering paper materials, also submit counts of students testing online, so that the vendor (DRC) can prepare for the online demand. Editing of online test session begins December 4, 2018 and goes through January 19, 2019.
  • - WIDA Customer Service Hours
    The WIDA Client Services Center (866-276-7735) will hold extended hours starting in November.
    • Monday – Thursday 7:00am to 6:00pm CT
    • Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm CT
  • ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19?
    Looking for a summary of new materials and changes? Check out the ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19 infographic​.​
  • ACCESS Test Administration Tips: Writing Domain
    The ACCESS for ELLs Writing Test Tips flyer provides an overview of the online and paper-based Writing tests, reminders for students and test administrators, and details about how the Writing test is scored. This flyer is posted on the Preparing Students for ACCESS for ELLs page of the WIDA website.
  • ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test
    Recruitment for the ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test is well under way but WIDA is still seeking educators and students to help us reach our goal. If you would like to participate, check out the Writing Field Test Flyer.​
  • Supporting Parents and Families
    The following resources for supporting parents and families are available on the Family Engagement page of the WIDA website.
    • The My Child is an ELL Flyer is now available in Spanish. This visual was developed to help educators explain the ELL identification process to parents and family members.
    • The K-12 Family Webinar Series (available in English and Spanish) dives deeper with information on key topics including what it means to be an ELL, the WIDA standards and assessments, and how to interpret scores.
    • Both the Parent Handout and Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports are available in several languages in the WIDA Resource Library.​
  • ACCESS Braille for 2018-19
    ACCESS for ELLs grades 1-5 are currently transcribed using literary math (for example, use the words “divided by” instead of “÷”). Grades 6-8 and 9-12, however, have some algebra and formulas that do not lend themselves to this approach. Based upon recommendations of the Accessibility, Accommodations and Equity Subcommittee, grade cluster 6-8 will be available in UEB with Nemeth in the 2018-19 administration while grade cluster 9-12 will be added next year in UEB with Nemeth.
  • Technology Documents in WIDA AMS and WIDA Secure Portal
    The following technology documents have been updated for the 2018-19 administration:
    • Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments
    • Technology User Guide
    • Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs and Screener
    • Windows Quick Reference
    • Mac Quick Reference
    • ACCESS for ELLs Headset Specifications
    • TSM Decision Guide
    • Configuring a Mega TSM
    These documents are posted in WIDA AMS. Links to these documents are found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • 2018-19 Manuals Available
    • The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manual and District and School Test Coordinator Manual are now available in the Download Library and ACCESS for ELLs training course in the WIDA Secure Portal. The Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement is now available in the Resource Library on the WIDA website.
    • The WIDA AMS User Guide can be accessed via WIDA AMS. Additionally, it can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal in the ACCESS for ELLs training course and behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.​

DLM

  • NEW​ - Student information will be uploaded to Educator Portal beginning on November 16th.
  • Required teacher training now available in Moodle.
    For any new user, it takes 24-48 hours for an account to be created in Moodle. Current active users should be able to access the required training. When logging into the training site, please use your full email address as the user name and password is everything before the @ symbol of the email address.
    • ​Information on how to retrieve your username and password for Moodle can be found on page 6 of the “Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training” manual.​
    • An Educator Portal password can be reset from the log-in screen by clicking on the link that says, “Forgot Password.” The user will be sent an email message to create a new password.
  • ​District Test Coordinators
    District test coordinators need to add new users into Educator Portal in order for the new teacher to complete the required training. New users who will be administering the assessment should have the teacher role. The proctor role is not to be used. The educator identifier is the email address of the user.
    Students will begin to appear on the Pre-ID roster in SIS on November 9th.  Please be sure to move students in SIS to ensure that the students are located in the correct program. All 3rd graders, and new students to DLM are defaulted to Illinois Assessments of Readiness (IAR, formerly PARCC).
    • To remove students from IAR, log-in to SIS and select the IAR Pre-ID.
    • Enter in the student information, then click search. The Pre-ID information will display and a button will appear that states, “Remove from IAR to DLM-AA.”
    • The user should click this button and follow the prompts.
    ​Once completed, the student will be located in the correct program. 
    Students in grades 3 through 11 will be assessed for DLM. This includes 9th and 10th grade students. Please make sure you identify the students as taking the DLM using the DLM Pre-ID.​

NoAssessment & Accountability
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IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness),PARCC,  SAT®, PSAT™10, and PSAT™8/9 College Board Assessments,  Illinois Science Assessment (ISA), ACCESS, DLM
Assessment10/30/2018
  • - Fifteen-Year-Old Students with Disabilities (with an IEP)
    The following policy for testing pertains to 105 ILCS 5/14-6.01 of the school code. Fifteen-year-old students with disabilities who are enrolled in an elementary district become accountable to the high school district (according to school code). The high school district becomes financially responsible for the student. The high school district is also responsible for the educational program of the student. The law only pertains to elementary districts that feed into a separate high school district. It does not pertain to unit districts.
    In response to questions from school district staff regarding testing accountability, the following must occur for students, who are 15 years old (the student turns 15 on or before April 23, 2019), attend an elementary district, and have an IEP:
    • The home school (in SIS enrollment) must be the high school in the high school district
    • The serving school (in SIS enrollment) may remain as the school in the elementary school district, if still applicable.
    • The student must be enrolled in grade 9.
    • Grade 9 students take the PSAT 8/9 assessment, or the grade 9 DLM-AA assessment, and possibly the science assessment.
    • It is recommended that an IEP meeting be called to make these changes.
  • - Public Comment for Proposed Rule Changes to the State School Code - Section 1.30 State Assessment
    The link below contains proposed rule changes to the State Code that are available for public comment. Of note is proposed language related to the high school assessment and student graduation requirements.
    https://www.isbe.net/Documents/1-wf-Assessment-Updates.pdf
    Public comment may be submitted on any item for which the deadline has not yet passed, either via e-mail (addressed to rules@isbe.net) or via standard mail (addressed to Lindsay M. Bentivegna, Agency Rules Coordinator, ISBE, 100 North First Street - E-222, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001).
  • – 1st Year in US Status
    Students with 1st Year in US status will take the math, ELA, and science (if applicable to the grade or course) assessments. The scores the students receive will not be used in the calculation for district and school accountability.​​
  • 2018-19 State Assessment Dates
  • New Support and Accountability Resources
    Illinois’ system of support and accountability helps us identify which schools need the greatest assistance to meet our shared goals. The system launches statewide with the 2018 Illinois Report Card. ISBE is sending a series of emails leading up to Oct. 31 to ensure you have the information you need about the Report Card, IL-EMPOWER, and summative designations. View past emails, or subscribe. Please share these emails and materials with your networks. We are grateful for your partnership to build a fairer system to support the whole child, whole school, and whole community.
  • Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
    The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
    • November 9th
    • November 30th
    • December 14th
  • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – Nov. 9, 2018
  • Recorded Assessment Webinars
  • SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

  • Students Must Test On Grade
    Beginning in 2019, students must test on grade. Students who have been accelerated in mathematics (for example), will not be able to take a high school course assessment (e.g., Algebra I assessment).​​
  • Notice of Award for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3-8) Provider
    ISBE has posted a letter announcing a notice of award that has been posted (reference #22041975) for the state’s procurement of an administration, scoring, reporting, and development vendor. The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) was awarded the contract.
    The agency has received a formal protest of the award. We will be able to provide more information about test administration after the review of the protest has been completed. 
    Please contact ISBE's Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 with any questions. We also encourage an administrator and/or assessment coordinator from each district to join the ISBE assessment division's webinars at 10 a.m. on the scheduled Fridays. Please find webinar details on the  Assessment Communications webpage​.​​

PARCC

SAT®, PSAT™10, and PSAT™8/9 College Board Assessments

  • Website for SAT and PSAT Information
  • New this year, ISBE will require public-school students in grade 9 to take the PSAT 8/9 and public-school students in grade 10 to take the PSAT 10, unless the student will take DLM-AA instead.
    ISBE will continue to require public-school students in grade 11 to take the SAT, unless the student will take DLM-AA instead.
    Additionally, some public-school students in grade 12 may also be required to take the SAT or DLM-AA, as appropriate. Please see the flowchart document for details about which grade 12 students are required to test.
  • District/School Conflict with Scheduled Test Dates
    If your district or school has a conflict with the test dates for the high school assessments (PSAT/SAT), please send an email to: assessment@isbe.net
  • 2018-19 Test Date Options
  • College Board Customer Service for Illinois:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • Please update your ISA Test Coordinator Field in the Entity Profile System (EPS).
    Directions beginning on Slide 103 of the presentation will step through the process to update the ISA Test Coordinator field. The data in the fields are used to create initial ISA user accounts for the current school year. ISBE will create accounts for one ISA Test Coordinator (if provided by the school or district) and one administrator for each entity in IWAS. ISBE will also create accounts for the superintendent (COOP Directors, etc.), an ISA district test coordinator, the building principal, and a building ISA test coordinator. The ISA Test Coordinator can be a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, etc. depending on school needs. ISBE will not create additional accounts. Staff within the district and school who have ISA user accounts initially set up by ISBE must create additional user accounts for other staff, as needed.
  • 2018 Illinois Science Assessment Summary Reports Now Available in IWASThe 2018 Illinois Science Assessment school and district summary reports are now available in IWAS through the Assessments listing.
    The reports are not FERPA compliant, so handle appropriately. If you have questions about the “Assessments” System Listing navigation, please contact the Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034. If you require technical assistance with IWAS in general (e.g., if you cannot see the “Assessments” System Listing), after reviewing the online help, please contact our Call Center at 217-558-3600 (option 3), during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019

ACCESS​

  • - ACCESS Material Ordering
    WIDA AMS users now have accounts that are ready for the 2018-19 administration. Material ordering began on October 17, 2018 and continues through November 13, 2018. In addition to ordering paper materials, also submit counts of students testing online, so that the vendor (DRC) can prepare for the online demand. Editing of online test session begins December 4, 2018 and goes through January 19, 2019.
  • - WIDA Customer Service Hours
    The WIDA Client Services Center (866-276-7735) will hold extended hours starting in November.
    • Monday – Thursday 7:00am to 6:00pm CT
    • Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm CT
  • ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19?
    Looking for a summary of new materials and changes? Check out the ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19 infographic​.​
  • ACCESS Test Administration Tips: Writing Domain
    The ACCESS for ELLs Writing Test Tips flyer provides an overview of the online and paper-based Writing tests, reminders for students and test administrators, and details about how the Writing test is scored. This flyer is posted on the Preparing Students for ACCESS for ELLs page of the WIDA website.
  • ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test
    Recruitment for the ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test is well under way but WIDA is still seeking educators and students to help us reach our goal. If you would like to participate, check out the Writing Field Test Flyer.​
  • Supporting Parents and Families
    The following resources for supporting parents and families are available on the Family Engagement page of the WIDA website.
    • The My Child is an ELL Flyer is now available in Spanish. This visual was developed to help educators explain the ELL identification process to parents and family members.
    • The K-12 Family Webinar Series (available in English and Spanish) dives deeper with information on key topics including what it means to be an ELL, the WIDA standards and assessments, and how to interpret scores.
    • Both the Parent Handout and Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports are available in several languages in the WIDA Resource Library.​
  • ACCESS Braille for 2018-19
    ACCESS for ELLs grades 1-5 are currently transcribed using literary math (for example, use the words “divided by” instead of “÷”). Grades 6-8 and 9-12, however, have some algebra and formulas that do not lend themselves to this approach. Based upon recommendations of the Accessibility, Accommodations and Equity Subcommittee, grade cluster 6-8 will be available in UEB with Nemeth in the 2018-19 administration while grade cluster 9-12 will be added next year in UEB with Nemeth.
  • Technology Documents in WIDA AMS and WIDA Secure Portal
    The following technology documents have been updated for the 2018-19 administration:
    • Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments
    • Technology User Guide
    • Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs and Screener
    • Windows Quick Reference
    • Mac Quick Reference
    • ACCESS for ELLs Headset Specifications
    • TSM Decision Guide
    • Configuring a Mega TSM
    These documents are posted in WIDA AMS. Links to these documents are found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • 2018-19 Manuals Available
    • The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manual and District and School Test Coordinator Manual are now available in the Download Library and ACCESS for ELLs training course in the WIDA Secure Portal. The Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement is now available in the Resource Library on the WIDA website.
    • The WIDA AMS User Guide can be accessed via WIDA AMS. Additionally, it can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal in the ACCESS for ELLs training course and behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.​

DLM

  • Special Education Cooperatives with new RCDTs codes
    Please do not create a new account as this will change their training status to “new user.” Guidance documents are posted on the DLM Illinois webpage under supplemental resourceson how to update a user’s account. New identified codes have been added to DLM as they are created for ISBE. Please be sure to update the current users location to the new codes in Educator Portal.
  • Required teacher training now available in Moodle.
    For any new user, it takes 24-48 hours for an account to be created in Moodle. Current active users should be able to access the required training. When logging into the training site, please use your full email address as the user name and password is everything before the @ symbol of the email address.
    • ​Information on how to retrieve your username and password for Moodle can be found on page 6 of the “Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training” manual.​
    • An Educator Portal password can be reset from the log-in screen by clicking on the link that says, “Forgot Password.” The user will be sent an email message to create a new password.
  • ​District Test Coordinators
    District test coordinators need to add new users into Educator Portal in order for the new teacher to complete the required training. New users who will be administering the assessment should have the teacher role. The proctor role is not to be used. The educator identifier is the email address of the user.
    Students will begin to appear on the Pre-ID roster in SIS on November 9th.  Please be sure to move students in SIS to ensure that the students are located in the correct program. All 3rd graders, and new students to DLM are defaulted to Illinois Assessments of Readiness (IAR, formerly PARCC).
    • To remove students from IAR, log-in to SIS and select the IAR Pre-ID.
    • Enter in the student information, then click search. The Pre-ID information will display and a button will appear that states, “Remove from IAR to DLM-AA.”
    • The user should click this button and follow the prompts.
    ​Once completed, the student will be located in the correct program. 
    Students in grades 3 through 11 will be assessed for DLM. This includes 9th and 10th grade students. Please make sure you identify the students as taking the DLM using the DLM Pre-ID.​
NoAssessment & Accountability
721
  
assessment updates, IAR, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment10/23/2018
  • NEW - Fifteen-Year-Old Students with Disabilities (with an IEP)
    The following policy for testing pertains to 105 ILCS 5/14-6.01 of the school code. Fifteen-year-old students with disabilities who are enrolled in an elementary district become accountable to the high school district (according to school code). The high school district becomes financially responsible for the student. The high school district is also responsible for the educational program of the student. The law only pertains to elementary districts that feed into a separate high school district. It does not pertain to unit districts.
    In response to questions from school district staff regarding testing accountability, the following must occur for students, who are 15 years old (the student turns 15 on or before April 23, 2019), attend an elementary district, and have an IEP:
    • The home school (in SIS enrollment) must be the high school in the high school district
    • The serving school (in SIS enrollment) may remain as the school in the elementary school district, if still applicable.
    • The student must be enrolled in grade 9.
    • Grade 9 students take the PSAT 8/9 assessment, or the grade 9 DLM-AA assessment, and possibly the science assessment.
    • It is recommended that an IEP meeting be called to make these changes.
  • NEW - Public Comment for Proposed Rule Changes to the State School Code - Section 1.30 State Assessment
    The link below contains proposed rule changes to the State Code that are available for public comment. Of note is proposed language related to the high school assessment and student graduation requirements.
    https://www.isbe.net/Documents/1-wf-Assessment-Updates.pdf
    Public comment may be submitted on any item for which the deadline has not yet passed, either via e-mail (addressed to rules@isbe.net) or via standard mail (addressed to Lindsay M. Bentivegna, Agency Rules Coordinator, ISBE, 100 North First Street - E-222, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001).
  • – 1st Year in US Status
    Students with 1st Year in US status will take the math, ELA, and science (if applicable to the grade or course) assessments. The scores the students receive will not be used in the calculation for district and school accountability.​​
  • 2018-19 State Assessment Dates
  • New Support and Accountability Resources
    Illinois’ system of support and accountability helps us identify which schools need the greatest assistance to meet our shared goals. The system launches statewide with the 2018 Illinois Report Card. ISBE is sending a series of emails leading up to Oct. 31 to ensure you have the information you need about the Report Card, IL-EMPOWER, and summative designations. View past emails, or subscribe. Please share these emails and materials with your networks. We are grateful for your partnership to build a fairer system to support the whole child, whole school, and whole community.
  • Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
    The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
    • October 26th
    • November 9th
    • November 30th
    • December 14th
  • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – October 26, 2018
  • Recorded Assessment Webinars
  • SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

  • Students Must Test On Grade
    Beginning in 2019, students must test on grade. Students who have been accelerated in mathematics (for example), will not be able to take a high school course assessment (e.g., Algebra I assessment).​​
  • Notice of Award for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3-8) Provider
    ISBE has posted a letter announcing a notice of award that has been posted (reference #22041975) for the state’s procurement of an administration, scoring, reporting, and development vendor. The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) was awarded the contract.
    The agency has received a formal protest of the award. We will be able to provide more information about test administration after the review of the protest has been completed. 
    Please contact ISBE's Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 with any questions. We also encourage an administrator and/or assessment coordinator from each district to join the ISBE assessment division's webinars at 10 a.m. on the scheduled Fridays. Please find webinar details on the  Assessment Communications webpage​.​​

PARCC

SAT®, PSAT™10, and PSAT™8/9 College Board Assessments

  • NEW - Website for SAT and PSAT Information
  • New this year, ISBE will require public-school students in grade 9 to take the PSAT 8/9 and public-school students in grade 10 to take the PSAT 10, unless the student will take DLM-AA instead.
    ISBE will continue to require public-school students in grade 11 to take the SAT, unless the student will take DLM-AA instead.
    Additionally, some public-school students in grade 12 may also be required to take the SAT or DLM-AA, as appropriate. Please see the flowchart document for details about which grade 12 students are required to test.
  • District/School Conflict with Scheduled Test Dates
    If your district or school has a conflict with the test dates for the high school assessments (PSAT/SAT), please send an email to: assessment@isbe.net
  • 2018-19 Test Date Options
  • College Board Customer Service for Illinois:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • SIUC finished shipping the 1,497 packages on Friday, September 28, via the United States Postal Service.
    Please contact Dan Brown if you have questions regarding shipment. CPS will receive direct shipment to the school sites. All other districts will receive a shipment to their central office addresses. Each district will receive one (1) hard copy Individual Student Report for each student, a district level CD with all ISRs by school and student, and school level CD(s) with all ISRs for that school. Shipments should arrive anytime over the next 2-6 weeks as SIUC ships as soon as a district package is ready.
  • 2018 Illinois Science Assessment Summary Reports Now Available in IWASThe 2018 Illinois Science Assessment school and district summary reports are now available in IWAS through the Assessments listing.
    Please note these reports do contain potentially identifying information, so they should be handled appropriately.
    If you have questions, please contact the Division of Assessments at (866) 317-6034.
    If you require technical assistance, after reviewing the online help, please contact our Call Center at 217-558-3600 during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019

ACCESS​

  • NEW - ACCESS Material Ordering
    WIDA AMS users now have accounts that are ready for the 2018-19 administration. Material ordering began on October 17, 2018 and continues through November 13, 2018. In addition to ordering paper materials, also submit counts of students testing online, so that the vendor (DRC) can prepare for the online demand. Editing of online test session begins December 4, 2018 and goes through January 19, 2019.
  • NEW - WIDA Customer Service Hours
    The WIDA Client Services Center (866-276-7735) will hold extended hours starting in November.
    • Monday – Thursday 7:00am to 6:00pm CT
    • Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm CT
  • ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19?
    Looking for a summary of new materials and changes? Check out the ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19 infographic​.​
  • ACCESS Test Administration Tips: Writing Domain
    The ACCESS for ELLs Writing Test Tips flyer provides an overview of the online and paper-based Writing tests, reminders for students and test administrators, and details about how the Writing test is scored. This flyer is posted on the Preparing Students for ACCESS for ELLs page of the WIDA website.
  • ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test
    Recruitment for the ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test is well under way but WIDA is still seeking educators and students to help us reach our goal. If you would like to participate, check out the Writing Field Test Flyer.​
  • Supporting Parents and Families
    The following resources for supporting parents and families are available on the Family Engagement page of the WIDA website.
    • The My Child is an ELL Flyer is now available in Spanish. This visual was developed to help educators explain the ELL identification process to parents and family members.
    • The K-12 Family Webinar Series (available in English and Spanish) dives deeper with information on key topics including what it means to be an ELL, the WIDA standards and assessments, and how to interpret scores.
    • Both the Parent Handout and Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports are available in several languages in the WIDA Resource Library.​
  • ACCESS Braille for 2018-19
    ACCESS for ELLs grades 1-5 are currently transcribed using literary math (for example, use the words “divided by” instead of “÷”). Grades 6-8 and 9-12, however, have some algebra and formulas that do not lend themselves to this approach. Based upon recommendations of the Accessibility, Accommodations and Equity Subcommittee, grade cluster 6-8 will be available in UEB with Nemeth in the 2018-19 administration while grade cluster 9-12 will be added next year in UEB with Nemeth.
  • Technology Documents in WIDA AMS and WIDA Secure Portal
    The following technology documents have been updated for the 2018-19 administration:
    • Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments
    • Technology User Guide
    • Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs and Screener
    • Windows Quick Reference
    • Mac Quick Reference
    • ACCESS for ELLs Headset Specifications
    • TSM Decision Guide
    • Configuring a Mega TSM
    These documents are posted in WIDA AMS. Links to these documents are found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • 2018-19 Manuals Available
    • The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manual and District and School Test Coordinator Manual are now available in the Download Library and ACCESS for ELLs training course in the WIDA Secure Portal. The Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement is now available in the Resource Library on the WIDA website.
    • The WIDA AMS User Guide can be accessed via WIDA AMS. Additionally, it can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal in the ACCESS for ELLs training course and behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.​

DLM

  • Special Education Cooperatives with new RCDTs codes
    Please move users to the correct satellite program by updating their user account. Please do not create a new account as this will change their training status to “new user.” Guidance documents are posted on the DLM Illinois webpage under supplemental resources.​
  • Required teacher training now available in Moodle.
    For any new user, it takes 24-48 hours for an account to be created in Moodle. Current active users should be able to access the required training. When logging into the training site, please use your full email address as the user name and password is everything before the @ symbol of the email address.
    • ​Information on how to retrieve your username and password for Moodle can be found on page 6 of the “Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training” manual.​
    • An Educator Portal password can be reset from the log-in screen by clicking on the link that says, “Forgot Password.” The user will be sent an email message to create a new password.
  • ​District Test Coordinators
    District test coordinators need to add new users into Educator Portal in order for the new teacher to complete the required training. New users who will be administering the assessment should have the teacher role. The proctor role is not to be used. The educator identifier is the email address of the user.
    Students will begin to appear on the Pre-ID roster in SIS on November 9th.  Please be sure to move students in SIS to ensure that the students are located in the correct program. All 3rd graders, and new students to DLM are defaulted to Illinois Assessments of Readiness (IAR, formerly PARCC).
    • To remove students from IAR, log-in to SIS and select the IAR Pre-ID.
    • Enter in the student information, then click search. The Pre-ID information will display and a button will appear that states, “Remove from IAR to DLM-AA.”
    • The user should click this button and follow the prompts.
    ​Once completed, the student will be located in the correct program. 
    Students in grades 3 through 11 will be assessed for DLM. This includes 9th and 10th grade students. Please make sure you identify the students as taking the DLM using the DLM Pre-ID.​

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assessment updates, IAR, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment10/16/2018
  • NEW – 1st Year in US Status
    Students with 1st Year in US status will take the math, ELA, and science (if applicable to the grade or course) assessments. The scores the students receive will not be used in the calculation for district and school accountability.​​
  • 2018-19 State Assessment Dates
  • New Support and Accountability Resources
    Illinois’ system of support and accountability helps us identify which schools need the greatest assistance to meet our shared goals. The system launches statewide with the 2018 Illinois Report Card. ISBE is sending a series of emails leading up to Oct. 31 to ensure you have the information you need about the Report Card, IL-EMPOWER, and summative designations. View past emails, or subscribe. Please share these emails and materials with your networks. We are grateful for your partnership to build a fairer system to support the whole child, whole school, and whole community.
  • Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
    The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
    • October 26th
    • November 9th
    • November 30th
    • December 14th
  • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – October 26, 2018
  • Recorded Assessment Webinars
  • Summative Designations Deep-Dive Webinar
  • ​SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

  • Students Must Test On Grade
    Beginning in 2019, students must test on grade. Students who have been accelerated in mathematics (for example), will not be able to take a high school course assessment (e.g., Algebra I assessment).​​
  • Notice of Award for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3-8) Provider
    ISBE has posted a letter announcing a notice of award that has been posted (reference #22041975) for the state’s procurement of an administration, scoring, reporting, and development vendor. The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) was awarded the contract.
    The agency has received a formal protest of the award. We will be able to provide more information about test administration after the review of the protest has been completed. 
    Please contact ISBE's Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 with any questions. We also encourage an administrator and/or assessment coordinator from each district to join the ISBE assessment division's webinars at 10 a.m. on the scheduled Fridays. Please find webinar details on the  Assessment Communications webpage​.​​

PARCC

SAT® High School Assessments

  • ISBE-funded PSAT 8/9® (for grade 9) PSAT 10® (for grade 10) and SAT® (for grade 11 and limited students in grade 12)
    In anticipation of ISBE finalizing its contract with College Board, please verify that all data for your school are correct in ISBE’s Entity Profile System (EPS). College Board will use administrator email addresses in EPS to make the initial contact with schools to establishing test sites for spring 2019. 
  • 2018-19 Test Date Options
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • SIUC finished shipping the 1,497 packages on Friday, September 28, via the United States Postal Service.
    Please contact Dan Brown if you have questions regarding shipment. CPS will receive direct shipment to the school sites. All other districts will receive a shipment to their central office addresses. Each district will receive one (1) hard copy Individual Student Report for each student, a district level CD with all ISRs by school and student, and school level CD(s) with all ISRs for that school. Shipments should arrive anytime over the next 2-6 weeks as SIUC ships as soon as a district package is ready.
  • 2018 Illinois Science Assessment Summary Reports Now Available in IWASThe 2018 Illinois Science Assessment school and district summary reports are now available in IWAS through the Assessments listing.
    Please note these reports do contain potentially identifying information, so they should be handled appropriately.
    If you have questions, please contact the Division of Assessments at (866) 317-6034.
    If you require technical assistance, after reviewing the online help, please contact our Call Center at 217-558-3600 during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019

ACCESS​

  • ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19?
    Looking for a summary of new materials and changes? Check out the ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19 infographic​.​
  • ACCESS Test Administration Tips: Writing Domain
    The ACCESS for ELLs Writing Test Tips flyer provides an overview of the online and paper-based Writing tests, reminders for students and test administrators, and details about how the Writing test is scored. This flyer is posted on the Preparing Students for ACCESS for ELLs page of the WIDA website.
  • ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test
    Recruitment for the ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test is well under way but WIDA is still seeking educators and students to help us reach our goal. If you would like to participate, check out the Writing Field Test Flyer.​
  • Supporting Parents and Families
    The following resources for supporting parents and families are available on the Family Engagement page of the WIDA website.
    • The My Child is an ELL Flyer is now available in Spanish. This visual was developed to help educators explain the ELL identification process to parents and family members.
    • The K-12 Family Webinar Series (available in English and Spanish) dives deeper with information on key topics including what it means to be an ELL, the WIDA standards and assessments, and how to interpret scores.
    • Both the Parent Handout and Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports are available in several languages in the WIDA Resource Library.​
  • WIDA AMS Mini Videos
    As you support LEAs in ACCESS for ELLs test preparation and training, remember there are two-minute videos highlighting essential functions in WIDA AMS available in the WIDA Secure Portal.
  • Refreshed Technology Document
    The Online Testing Network Evaluation and Troubleshooting document has been updated for the 2018-19 administration. The document is posted in WIDA AMS, and a link to the document can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • ACCESS Braille for 2018-19
    ACCESS for ELLs grades 1-5 are currently transcribed using literary math (for example, use the words “divided by” instead of “÷”). Grades 6-8 and 9-12, however, have some algebra and formulas that do not lend themselves to this approach. Based upon recommendations of the Accessibility, Accommodations and Equity Subcommittee, grade cluster 6-8 will be available in UEB with Nemeth in the 2018-19 administration while grade cluster 9-12 will be added next year in UEB with Nemeth.
  • Technology Documents in WIDA AMS and WIDA Secure Portal
    The following technology documents have been updated for the 2018-19 administration:
    • Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments
    • Technology User Guide
    • Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs and Screener
    • Windows Quick Reference
    • Mac Quick Reference
    • ACCESS for ELLs Headset Specifications
    • TSM Decision Guide
    • Configuring a Mega TSM
    These documents are posted in WIDA AMS. Links to these documents are found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • Infographics Updates
    The following infographics are currently being updated, and are temporarily unavailable online. They will be placed either in the Reference Library or Download Library once completed:
    • ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19
    • Travel through the year with WIDA: A Guide for SEAs
    • Finding your student's Superpowers: Using ACCESS Score Reports
    • ACCESS for ELLS Speaking at a glance (new for 2018-19)​​
  • 2018-19 Manuals Available
    • The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manual and District and School Test Coordinator Manual are now available in the Download Library and ACCESS for ELLs training course in the WIDA Secure Portal. The Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement is now available in the Resource Library on the WIDA website.
    • The WIDA AMS User Guide can be accessed via WIDA AMS. Additionally, it can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal in the ACCESS for ELLs training course and behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Tier Consolidation
    For 2018-19, tiers for the ACCESS for ELLs Paper form will be consolidated from Tiers A, B, and C to Tiers A and B/C. This consolidation of Tiers B and C will impact the Listening and Reading domains (the Speaking and Writing domains are already tiered in this way). WIDA has developed tier placement guidance to reflect these changes. It located in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. All training materials will be updated to reflect this change for the coming year. Please note that ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online is not impacted by this update.
  • WIDA/DRC User Accounts
    All WIDA website user accounts were carried over when the new website was launched on August 15. Users who previously had a WIDA.us account are able to log in to the WIDA Secure Portal with their username and password.
    WIDA AMS accounts still require a separate username and password from the WIDA website. WIDA AMS user accounts from the 2017-18 administration remain active for the 2018-19 administration.
  • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.​

DLM

  • Special Education Cooperatives with new RCDTs codes
    Please move users to the correct satellite program by updating their user account. Please do not create a new account as this will change their training status to “new user.” Guidance documents are posted on the DLM Illinois webpage under supplemental resources.​
  • Required teacher training now available in Moodle.
    For any new user, it takes 24-48 hours for an account to be created in Moodle. Current active users should be able to access the required training. When logging into the training site, please use your full email address as the user name and password is everything before the @ symbol of the email address.
    • ​Information on how to retrieve your username and password for Moodle can be found on page 6 of the “Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training” manual.​
    • An Educator Portal password can be reset from the log-in screen by clicking on the link that says, “Forgot Password.” The user will be sent an email message to create a new password.
  • ​District Test Coordinators
    District test coordinators need to add new users into Educator Portal in order for the new teacher to complete the required training. New users who will be administering the assessment should have the teacher role. The proctor role is not to be used. The educator identifier is the email address of the user.
    Students will begin to appear on the Pre-ID roster in SIS on November 9th.  Please be sure to move students in SIS to ensure that the students are located in the correct program. All 3rd graders, and new students to DLM are defaulted to Illinois Assessments of Readiness (IAR, formerly PARCC).
    • To remove students from IAR, log-in to SIS and select the IAR Pre-ID.
    • Enter in the student information, then click search. The Pre-ID information will display and a button will appear that states, “Remove from IAR to DLM-AA.”
    • The user should click this button and follow the prompts.
    ​Once completed, the student will be located in the correct program. 
    Students in grades 3 through 11 will be assessed for DLM. This includes 9th and 10th grade students. Please make sure you identify the students as taking the DLM using the DLM Pre-ID.​

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Assessment10/9/2018
  • 2018-19 State Assessment Dates
  • New Support and Accountability Resources
    Illinois’ system of support and accountability helps us identify which schools need the greatest assistance to meet our shared goals. The system launches statewide with the 2018 Illinois Report Card. ISBE is sending a series of emails leading up to Oct. 31 to ensure you have the information you need about the Report Card, IL-EMPOWER, and summative designations. View past emails, or subscribe. Please share these emails and materials with your networks. We are grateful for your partnership to build a fairer system to support the whole child, whole school, and whole community.
  • Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
    The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
    • October 12th​
    • October 26th
    • November 9th
    • November 30th
    • December 14th
  • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – October 12, 2018
  • Recorded Assessment Webinars
  • – Summative Designations Deep-Dive Webinar
  • ​SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

  • NEW - October 12th Webinar
    We will be providing more information on the grades 3-8 assessments (math and ELA) on the Oct. 12th webinar. The agency has received a formal protest of the contract award. As a result, we will not be able to share as much information as anticipated.​​
  • NEW – Students Must Test On Grade
    Beginning in 2019, students must test on grade. Students who have been accelerated in mathematics (for example), will not be able to take a high school course assessment (e.g., Algebra I assessment).​​
  • Notice of Award for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3-8) Provider
    ISBE has posted a letter announcing a notice of award that has been posted (reference #22041975) for the state’s procurement of an administration, scoring, reporting, and development vendor. The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) was awarded the contract.
    Please contact ISBE's Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 with any questions. We also encourage an administrator and/or assessment coordinator from each district to join the ISBE assessment division's webinars at 10 a.m. on the scheduled Fridays. Please find webinar details on the  Assessment Communications webpage​.​​

PARCC

SAT® High School Assessments

  • ISBE-funded PSAT 8/9® (for grade 9) PSAT 10® (for grade 10) and SAT® (for grade 11 and limited students in grade 12)
  • NEW – In anticipation of ISBE finalizing its contract with College Board, please verify that all data for your school are correct in ISBE’s Entity Profile System (EPS). College Board will use administrator email addresses in EPS to make the initial contact with schools to establishing test sites for spring 2019. 
  • NEW2018-19 Test Date Options
  • SAT® Illinois Customer Service:
    844-688-9995 - Option 1
    ilsat@collegeboard.org

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • SIUC finished shipping the 1,497 packages on Friday, September 28, via the United States Postal Service.
    Please contact Dan Brown if you have questions regarding shipment. CPS will receive direct shipment to the school sites. All other districts will receive a shipment to their central office addresses. Each district will receive one (1) hard copy Individual Student Report for each student, a district level CD with all ISRs by school and student, and school level CD(s) with all ISRs for that school. Shipments should arrive anytime over the next 2-6 weeks as SIUC ships as soon as a district package is ready.
  • 2018 Illinois Science Assessment Summary Reports Now Available in IWASThe 2018 Illinois Science Assessment school and district summary reports are now available in IWAS through the Assessments listing.
    Please note these reports do contain potentially identifying information, so they should be handled appropriately.
    If you have questions, please contact the Division of Assessments at (866) 317-6034.
    If you require technical assistance, after reviewing the online help, please contact our Call Center at 217-558-3600 during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • ISA Test Windows
    • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019

ACCESS​

  • ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19?
    Looking for a summary of new materials and changes? Check out the ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19 infographic posted on the Assessment​ Updates page of the WIDA website.
  • ACCESS Test Administration Tips: Writing Domain
    The ACCESS for ELLs Writing Test Tips flyer provides an overview of the online and paper-based Writing tests, reminders for students and test administrators, and details about how the Writing test is scored. This flyer is posted on the Preparing Students for ACCESS for ELLs page of the WIDA website.
  • ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test
    Recruitment for the ACCESS for ELLs Writing Field Test is well under way but WIDA is still seeking educators and students to help us reach our goal. If you would like to participate, check out the Writing Field Test Flyer.​
  • Supporting Parents and Families
    The following resources for supporting parents and families are available on the Family Engagement page of the WIDA website.
    • The My Child is an ELL Flyer is now available in Spanish. This visual was developed to help educators explain the ELL identification process to parents and family members.
    • The K-12 Family Webinar Series (available in English and Spanish) dives deeper with information on key topics including what it means to be an ELL, the WIDA standards and assessments, and how to interpret scores.
    • Both the Parent Handout and Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports are available in several languages in the WIDA Resource Library.​
  • WIDA AMS Mini Videos
    As you support LEAs in ACCESS for ELLs test preparation and training, remember there are two-minute videos highlighting essential functions in WIDA AMS available in the WIDA Secure Portal.
  • Refreshed Technology Document
    The Online Testing Network Evaluation and Troubleshooting document has been updated for the 2018-19 administration. The document is posted in WIDA AMS, and a link to the document can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • ACCESS Braille for 2018-19
    ACCESS for ELLs grades 1-5 are currently transcribed using literary math (for example, use the words “divided by” instead of “÷”). Grades 6-8 and 9-12, however, have some algebra and formulas that do not lend themselves to this approach. Based upon recommendations of the Accessibility, Accommodations and Equity Subcommittee, grade cluster 6-8 will be available in UEB with Nemeth in the 2018-19 administration while grade cluster 9-12 will be added next year in UEB with Nemeth.
  • Technology Documents in WIDA AMS and WIDA Secure Portal
    The following technology documents have been updated for the 2018-19 administration:
    • Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments
    • Technology User Guide
    • Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs and Screener
    • Windows Quick Reference
    • Mac Quick Reference
    • ACCESS for ELLs Headset Specifications
    • TSM Decision Guide
    • Configuring a Mega TSM
    These documents are posted in WIDA AMS. Links to these documents are found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • 2018-19 Training Tutorials Now Available
    The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs training tutorials are now available in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Paper-Based Grades 1-12 and Online Grades 1-12 tiles.
  • Infographics Updates
    The following infographics are currently being updated, and are temporarily unavailable online. They will be placed either in the Reference Library or Download Library once completed:
    • ACCESS for ELLs: What's New for 2018-19
    • Travel through the year with WIDA: A Guide for SEAs
    • Finding your student's Superpowers: Using ACCESS Score Reports
    • ACCESS for ELLS Speaking at a glance (new for 2018-19)​​
  • 2018-19 Illinois Site File Update and Window Selection
    ISBE will soon send DRC a file of testing sites and their contact staff. It will contain the locations where labels, materials, and reports will be sent. It will also have current contact information for key staff. Site file info and testing window selection can be updated in SIS by going to       SIS>Assessment Pre-ID>ACCESS
    Due Date: Friday September 28, 2018​
  • 2018-19 Manuals Available
    • The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manual and District and School Test Coordinator Manual are now available in the Download Library and ACCESS for ELLs training course in the WIDA Secure Portal. The Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement is now available in the Resource Library on the WIDA website.
    • The WIDA AMS User Guide can be accessed via WIDA AMS. Additionally, it can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal in the ACCESS for ELLs training course and behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Tier Consolidation
    For 2018-19, tiers for the ACCESS for ELLs Paper form will be consolidated from Tiers A, B, and C to Tiers A and B/C. This consolidation of Tiers B and C will impact the Listening and Reading domains (the Speaking and Writing domains are already tiered in this way). WIDA has developed tier placement guidance to reflect these changes. It located in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. All training materials will be updated to reflect this change for the coming year. Please note that ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online is not impacted by this update.
  • WIDA/DRC User Accounts
    All WIDA website user accounts were carried over when the new website was launched on August 15. Users who previously had a WIDA.us account are able to log in to the WIDA Secure Portal with their username and password.
    WIDA AMS accounts still require a separate username and password from the WIDA website. WIDA AMS user accounts from the 2017-18 administration remain active for the 2018-19 administration.
  • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
    WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.
  • 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.

  • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
    ​Registration is still open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

DLM

  • NEW - Special Education Cooperatives with new RCDTs codes
    Please move users to the right satellite program by updating their user account. Please do not create a new account as this will change their training status to new teacher. Please use this guidance document to learn how to update user accounts.
  • Required teacher training now available in Moodle. For any new user, it takes 24-48 hours for an account to be created in Moodle. Current active users should be able to access the required training. When logging into the training site, please use your full email address as the user name and password is everything before the @ symbol of the email address.
    • ​Information on how to retrieve your username and password for Moodle can be found on page 6 of the “Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training” manual.​
    • An Educator Portal password can be reset from the log-in screen by clicking on the link that says, “Forgot Password.” The user will be sent an email message to create a new password.
  • ​District test coordinators need to add new users into Educator Portal in order for the new teacher to complete the required training. New users who will be administering the assessment should have the teacher role. The proctor role is not to be used. The educator identifier is the email address of the user.
  • Uploads for student information has been pushed back to a later date. Please refer to the IWAS blast message for further guidance.
  • Students in grades 3 through 11 will be assessed for DLM. This includes 9th and 10th grade students. Please make sure you identify the students as taking the DLM using the DLM Pre-ID.
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assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
Assessment10/3/2018
  • 2018-19 State Assessment Dates
  • NEW  - Deadline for Completing District Assessment Survey Extended to October 5, 2018.
    ISBE has extended the deadline for completion of the District Assessment Survey until noon on Friday, October 5. All public schools are required to complete this assessment. You can complete the survey by going to the Assessment Survey page. If you need assistance re-opening the survey, please contact the Assessment and Accountability division at (866) 317-6034.
  • NEW  - New Support and Accountability Resources
    Illinois’ system of support and accountability helps us identify which schools need the greatest assistance to meet our shared goals. The system launches statewide with the 2018 Illinois Report Card. ISBE is sending a series of emails leading up to Oct. 31 to ensure you have the information you need about the Report Card, IL-EMPOWER, and summative designations. View past emails at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Support-Accountability.aspx, or subscribe at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Subscribe.aspx. Please share these emails and materials with your networks. We are grateful for your partnership to build a fairer system to support the whole child, whole school, and whole community.
  • Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
    The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
    • October 12th​
    • October 26th
    • November 9th
    • November 30th
    • December 14th
  • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – October 12, 2018
  • Recorded Assessment Webinars
  • – Summative Designations Deep-Dive Webinar

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

  • NEW  - We will have more information on IAR administration for the Oct. 12th webinar. We have extended the time for this webinar. The webinar will last from 10 - 11:30.
  • Notice of Award for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3-8) Provider
    ISBE has posted a letter announcing a notice of award that has been posted (reference #22041975) for the state’s procurement of an administration, scoring, reporting, and development vendor. The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) proposed high quality, cost effective solutions to achieve our vision of a computer adaptive assessment that returns results of machine scored items within 1 week of the end of the testing window, and all results within 30 days of the end of the testing window, making results more timely and relevant. DRC, in collaboration with ISBE and Illinois educators, will build on the foundation of PARCC content and transition Illinois to a computer adaptive assessment by 2021.
    Please contact ISBE’s Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 with any questions. We also encourage an administrator and/or assessment coordinator from each district to join the ISBE assessment division’s webinars at 10 a.m. on Fridays. Webinar details are listed on the Communications webpage.
  • PARCC

    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.
    • 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)

    • NEW  - SIUC finished shipping the 1,497 packages on Friday, September 28, via the United States Postal Service.
      Please contact Dan Brown if you have questions regarding shipment. CPS will receive direct shipment to the school sites. All other districts will receive a shipment to their central office addresses. Each district will receive one (1) hard copy Individual Student Report for each student, a district level CD with all ISRs by school and student, and school level CD(s) with all ISRs for that school. Shipments should arrive anytime over the next 2-6 weeks as SIUC ships as soon as a district package is ready.
    • NEW  - 2018 Illinois Science Assessment Summary Reports Now Available in IWASThe 2018 Illinois Science Assessment school and district summary reports are now available in IWAS through the Assessments listing. Please note these reports do contain potentially identifying information, so they should be handled appropriately.
      If you have questions, please contact the Division of Assessments at (866) 317-6034.
      If you require technical assistance, after reviewing the online help, please contact our Call Center at 217-558-3600 during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
    • ISA Test Windows
      • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019
    ​​​

    Access

    ​​
    • WIDA AMS Mini Videos
      As you support LEAs in ACCESS for ELLs test preparation and training, remember there are two-minute videos highlighting essential functions in WIDA AMS available in the WIDA Secure Portal.
    • Refreshed Technology Document
      The Online Testing Network Evaluation and Troubleshooting document has been updated for the 2018-19 administration. The document is posted in WIDA AMS, and a link to the document can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
    • ACCESS Braille for 2018-19
      ACCESS for ELLs grades 1-5 are currently transcribed using literary math (for example, use the words “divided by” instead of “÷”). Grades 6-8 and 9-12, however, have some algebra and formulas that do not lend themselves to this approach. Based upon recommendations of the Accessibility, Accommodations and Equity Subcommittee, grade cluster 6-8 will be available in UEB with Nemeth in the 2018-19 administration while grade cluster 9-12 will be added next year in UEB with Nemeth.
    • Technology Documents in WIDA AMS and WIDA Secure PortalThe following technology documents have been updated for the 2018-19 administration:
      • Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments
      • Technology User Guide
      • Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs and Screener
      • Windows Quick Reference
      • Mac Quick Reference
      • ACCESS for ELLs Headset Specifications
      • TSM Decision Guide
      • Configuring a Mega TSM
      These documents are posted in WIDA AMS. Links to these documents are found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
    • 2018-19 Training Tutorials Now Available
      The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs training tutorials are now available in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Paper-Based Grades 1-12 and Online Grades 1-12 tiles.
    • Speaking Test at a glance Infographic
    • 2018-19 Illinois Site File Update and Window Selection
      • ISBE will soon send DRC a file of testing sites and their contact staff. It will contain the locations where labels, materials, and reports will be sent. It will also have current contact information for key staff. Site file info and testing window selection can be updated in SIS by going to, SIS>Assessment Pre-ID>ACCESS Due Date: Friday September 28, 2018
    • 2018-19 Manuals Available
      • The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manual and District and School Test Coordinator Manual are now available in the Download Library and ACCESS for ELLs training course in the WIDA Secure Portal. The Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement is now available in the Resource Library on the WIDA website.
        The WIDA AMS User Guide can be accessed via WIDA AMS. Additionally, it can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal in the ACCESS for ELLs training course and behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Tier Consolidation
      For 2018-19, tiers for the ACCESS for ELLs Paper form will be consolidated from Tiers A, B, and C to Tiers A and B/C. This consolidation of Tiers B and C will impact the Listening and Reading domains (the Speaking and Writing domains are already tiered in this way). WIDA has developed tier placement guidance to reflect these changes. It located in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. All training materials will be updated to reflect this change for the coming year. Please note that ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online is not impacted by this update.
    • WIDA/DRC User Accounts
      All WIDA website user accounts were carried over when the new website was launched on August 15. Users who previously had a WIDA.us account are able to log in to the WIDA Secure Portal with their username and password.
      WIDA AMS accounts still require a separate username and password from the WIDA website. WIDA AMS user accounts from the 2017-18 administration remain active for the 2018-19 administration.
    • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
      WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.
    • 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.

    • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
      Registration is still open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

    DLM

    • NEW - Special Education Cooperatives with new RCDTs codes. Please move users to the right satellite program by updating their user account. Please do not create a new account as this will change their training status to new teacher. Please use this guidance document located here to learn how to update user accounts.
    • District test coordinators need to add new users into Educator Portal in order for the new teacher to complete the required training. New users who will be administering the assessment should have the teacher role. The proctor role is not to be used. The educator identifier is the email address of the user.
    • Uploads for students has been pushed back to a later date. Please refer to the IWAS blast message for further guidance.
    • Educator Portal password can be reset from the log-in screen by clicking on the link that says, “Forgot Password.” The user will be sent an email message to create a new password.
    • Information on how to retrieve your username and password for Moodle can be found on page 6 of the "Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training" manual.
    • Students in grades 3 through 11 will be assessed for DLM. This includes 9th and 10th grade students. Please make sure you identify the students as taking the DLM using the DLM Pre-ID.
    • Required teacher training now available in Moodle. For any new user, it takes 24-48 hours for an account to be created in Moodle. Current active users should be able to access the required training. When logging into the training site, please use your full email address as the user name and password is everything before the @ symbol of the email address.​​
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    717
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    Assessment9/26/2018
    • 2018-19 State Assessment Dates
    • District Assessment Reporting (Ref: 105 ILCS 5/22-82)
      The third annual District Assessment Survey is now available. Legislation requires each school district to report information to ISBE concerning the administration of assessments to students at each school. The law also requires schools to make this information public via the school district's website or distribution in paper form. Districts can comply with this requirement by linking to the assessment survey results. This will also allow districts to track their completion rate. The survey will dynamically populate data submitted in the previous year for review and editing as needed.
      Please note that the law defines tests "scored by a non-district entity" as the focus of this data collection effort. We refer to these assessments as "standardized."
      We appreciate your assistance with completing the survey before Friday, Sept. 28, at noon. Please email Lacey Shiffer ( LSHIFFER@isbe.net), if school staff need the survey access reset.
      Link to start the survey
    • Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
      The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
      • September 28th
      • October 12th​
      • October 26th
      • November 9th
      • November 30th
      • December 14th
    • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – September 7th, 2018
    • Recorded Assessment Webinars
    • – Summative Designations Deep-Dive Webinar

    IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

    Notice of Award for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3-8) Provider
    ISBE has posted a letter announcing a notice of award that has been posted (reference #22041975) for the state’s procurement of an administration, scoring, reporting, and development vendor. The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) proposed high quality, cost effective solutions to achieve our vision of a computer adaptive assessment that returns results of machine scored items within 1 week of the end of the testing window, and all results within 30 days of the end of the testing window, making results more timely and relevant. DRC, in collaboration with ISBE and Illinois educators, will build on the foundation of PARCC content and transition Illinois to a computer adaptive assessment by 2021.
    Please contact ISBE’s Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 with any questions. We also encourage an administrator and/or assessment coordinator from each district to join the ISBE assessment division’s webinars at 10 a.m. on Fridays. Webinar details are listed on the Communications webpage.

    PARCC

    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.
    • 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)

    • SIUC has started the printing and shipping process. CPS will receive direct shipment to the school sites. All other districts will receive a shipment to their central office addresses. Each district will receive one (1) hard copy Individual Student Report for each student, a district level CD with all ISRs by school and student, and school level CD(s) with all ISRs for that school. Shipments should arrive anytime over the next 2-6 weeks as SIUC ships as soon as a district package is ready.
    • 2018 Illinois Science Assessment Summary Reports Now Available in IWAS

      The 2018 Illinois Science Assessment school and district summary reports are now available in IWAS through the Assessments listing. Please note these reports do contain potentially identifying information, so they should be handled appropriately.
      If you have questions, please contact the Division of Assessments at (866) 317-6034.
      If you require technical assistance, after reviewing the online help, please contact our Call Center at 217-558-3600 during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
    • ISA Test Windows
      • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019
    ​​​

    Access

    ​​
    • NEW  -WIDA AMS Mini Videos
      As you support LEAs in ACCESS for ELLs test preparation and training, remember there are two-minute videos highlighting essential functions in WIDA AMS available in the WIDA Secure Portal.
    • NEW  -Refreshed Technology Document
      The Online Testing Network Evaluation and Troubleshooting document has been updated for the 2018-19 administration. The document is posted in WIDA AMS, and a link to the document can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
    • NEW  -ACCESS Braille for 2018-19
      ACCESS for ELLs grades 1-5 are currently transcribed using literary math (for example, use the words “divided by” instead of “÷”). Grades 6-8 and 9-12, however, have some algebra and formulas that do not lend themselves to this approach. Based upon recommendations of the Accessibility, Accommodations and Equity Subcommittee, grade cluster 6-8 will be available in UEB with Nemeth in the 2018-19 administration while grade cluster 9-12 will be added next year in UEB with Nemeth.
    • Technology Documents in WIDA AMS and WIDA Secure PortalThe following technology documents have been updated for the 2018-19 administration:
      • Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments
      • Technology User Guide
      • Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs and Screener
      • Windows Quick Reference
      • Mac Quick Reference
      • ACCESS for ELLs Headset Specifications
      • TSM Decision Guide
      • Configuring a Mega TSM
      These documents are posted in WIDA AMS. Links to these documents are found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
    • 2018-19 Training Tutorials Now Available
      The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs training tutorials are now available in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Paper-Based Grades 1-12 and Online Grades 1-12 tiles.
    • Speaking Test at a glance Infographic
    • 2018-19 Illinois Site File Update and Window Selection
      • ISBE will soon send DRC a file of testing sites and their contact staff. It will contain the locations where labels, materials, and reports will be sent. It will also have current contact information for key staff. Site file info and testing window selection can be updated in SIS by going to, SIS>Assessment Pre-ID>ACCESS Due Date: Friday September 28, 2018
    • 2018-19 Manuals Available
      • The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manual and District and School Test Coordinator Manual are now available in the Download Library and ACCESS for ELLs training course in the WIDA Secure Portal. The Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement is now available in the Resource Library on the WIDA website.
        The WIDA AMS User Guide can be accessed via WIDA AMS. Additionally, it can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal in the ACCESS for ELLs training course and behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Tier Consolidation
      For 2018-19, tiers for the ACCESS for ELLs Paper form will be consolidated from Tiers A, B, and C to Tiers A and B/C. This consolidation of Tiers B and C will impact the Listening and Reading domains (the Speaking and Writing domains are already tiered in this way). WIDA has developed tier placement guidance to reflect these changes. It located in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. All training materials will be updated to reflect this change for the coming year. Please note that ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online is not impacted by this update.
    • WIDA/DRC User Accounts
      All WIDA website user accounts were carried over when the new website was launched on August 15. Users who previously had a WIDA.us account are able to log in to the WIDA Secure Portal with their username and password.
      WIDA AMS accounts still require a separate username and password from the WIDA website. WIDA AMS user accounts from the 2017-18 administration remain active for the 2018-19 administration.
    • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
      WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.
    • 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.

    • WIDA 2018 Conference Registration
      Registration is still open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

    DLM

    • District test coordinators need to add new users into Educator Portal in order for the new teacher to complete the required training. New users who will be administering the assessment should have the teacher role. The proctor role is not to be used. The educator identifier is the email address of the user.
    • Uploads for students has been pushed back to a later date. Please refer to the IWAS blast message for further guidance.
    • Educator Portal password can be reset from the log-in screen by clicking on the link that says, “Forgot Password.” The user will be sent an email message to create a new password.
    • Information on how to retrieve your username and password for Moodle can be found on page 6 of the "Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training" manual.
    • Students in grades 3 through 11 will be assessed for DLM. This includes 9th and 10th grade students. Please make sure you identify the students as taking the DLM using the DLM Pre-ID.
    • Required teacher training now available in Moodle. For any new user, it takes 24-48 hours for an account to be created in Moodle. Current active users should be able to access the required training. When logging into the training site, please use your full email address as the user name and password is everything before the @ symbol of the email address.​

    NoAssessment & Accountability
    716
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    Assessment9/19/2018
    • NEW  - 2018-19 State Assessment Dates
    • District Assessment Reporting (Ref: 105 ILCS 5/22-82)
      The third annual District Assessment Survey is now available. Legislation requires each school district to report information to ISBE concerning the administration of assessments to students at each school. The law also requires schools to make this information public via the school district's website or distribution in paper form. Districts can comply with this requirement by linking to the assessment survey results. This will also allow districts to track their completion rate. The survey will dynamically populate data submitted in the previous year for review and editing as needed.
      Please note that the law defines tests "scored by a non-district entity" as the focus of this data collection effort. We refer to these assessments as "standardized."
      We appreciate your assistance with completing the survey before Friday, Sept. 28, at noon. Please email Lacey Shiffer ( LSHIFFER@isbe.net), if school staff need the survey access reset.
      Link to start the survey
    • Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
      The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
      • September 28th
      • October 12th
      • October 26th
      • November 9th
      • November 30th
      • December 14th
    • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – September 7th, 2018
    • Recorded Assessment Webinars
    • – Summative Designations Deep-Dive Webinar

    IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

    NEW - Notice of Award for Illinois Assessment of Readiness (3-8) Provider
    ISBE has posted a letter announcing a notice of award that has been posted (reference #22041975) for the state’s procurement of an administration, scoring, reporting, and development vendor. The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) proposed high quality, cost effective solutions to achieve our vision of a computer adaptive assessment that returns results of machine scored items within 1 week of the end of the testing window, and all results within 30 days of the end of the testing window, making results more timely and relevant. DRC, in collaboration with ISBE and Illinois educators, will build on the foundation of PARCC content and transition Illinois to a computer adaptive assessment by 2021.
    Please contact ISBE’s Division of Assessment and Accountability at (866) 317-6034 with any questions. We also encourage an administrator and/or assessment coordinator from each district to join the ISBE assessment division’s webinars at 10 a.m. on Fridays. Webinar details are listed on the Communications webpage.

    PARCC

    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.
    • ISBE Web Link for SAT®Information (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)

    • NEW  - SIUC has started the printing and shipping process. CPS will receive direct shipment to the school sites. All other districts will receive a shipment to their central office addresses. Each district will receive one (1) hard copy Individual Student Report for each student, a district level CD with all ISRs by school and student, and school level CD(s) with all ISRs for that school. Shipments should arrive anytime over the next 2-6 weeks as SIUC ships as soon as a district package is ready.
    • 2018 Illinois Science Assessment Summary Reports Now Available in IWAS The 2018 Illinois Science Assessment school and district summary reports are now available in IWAS through the Assessments listing. Please note these reports do contain potentially identifying information, so they should be handled appropriately.
      If you have questions, please contact the Division of Assessments at (866) 317-6034.
      If you require technical assistance, after reviewing the online help, please contact our Call Center at 217-558-3600 during our business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
    • ISA Test Windows
      • 2018-19 Test Window: March 1st - April 30th, 2019
    ​​​

    Access

    ​​
    • NEW  - Technology Documents in WIDA AMS and WIDA Secure Portal The following technology documents have been updated for the 2018-19 administration:
      • Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments
      • Technology User Guide
      • Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs and Screener
      • Windows Quick Reference
      • Mac Quick Reference
      • ACCESS for ELLs Headset Specifications
      • TSM Decision Guide
      • Configuring a Mega TSM
      These documents are posted in WIDA AMS. Links to these documents are found in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
    • NEW  - 2018-19 Training Tutorials Now Available
      The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs training tutorials are now available in the WIDA Secure Portal behind the Paper-Based Grades 1-12 and Online Grades 1-12 tiles.
    • NEW  -Speaking Test at a glance Infographic
    • 2018-19 Illinois Site File Update and Window Selection
      • ISBE will soon send DRC a file of testing sites and their contact staff. It will contain the locations where labels, materials, and reports will be sent. It will also have current contact information for key staff. Site file info and testing window selection can be updated in SIS by going to, SIS>Assessment Pre-ID>ACCESS Due Date: Friday September 28, 2018
    • 2018-19 Manuals Available
      • The 2018-19 ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manual and District and School Test Coordinator Manual are now available in the Download Library and ACCESS for ELLs training course in the WIDA Secure Portal. The Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement is now available in the Resource Library on the WIDA website.
        The WIDA AMS User Guide can be accessed via WIDA AMS. Additionally, it can be found in the WIDA Secure Portal in the ACCESS for ELLs training course and behind the Technology Coordinators tile.
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Tier Consolidation
      For 2018-19, tiers for the ACCESS for ELLs Paper form will be consolidated from Tiers A, B, and C to Tiers A and B/C. This consolidation of Tiers B and C will impact the Listening and Reading domains (the Speaking and Writing domains are already tiered in this way). WIDA has developed tier placement guidance to reflect these changes. It located in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. All training materials will be updated to reflect this change for the coming year. Please note that ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online is not impacted by this update.
    • WIDA/DRC User Accounts
      All WIDA website user accounts were carried over when the new website was launched on August 15. Users who previously had a WIDA.us account are able to log in to the WIDA Secure Portal with their username and password.
      WIDA AMS accounts still require a separate username and password from the WIDA website. WIDA AMS user accounts from the 2017-18 administration remain active for the 2018-19 administration.
    • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
      WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.
    • New WIDA Public Website

      WIDA has released a new public website. The URL is wida.wisc.edu. The old web address of wida.us will redirect for one year.

      • On August 15, 2018, the new URL to the WIDA Secure Portal became 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.

      For assistance contact the WIDA Client Services Center at 866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    • 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 still open for the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference!

    DLM

    • NEW - District test coordinators need to add new users into Educator Portal in order for the new teacher to complete the required training. New users who will be administering the assessment should have the teacher role. The proctor role is not to be used. The educator identifier is the email address of the user.
    • NEW - Uploads for students has been pushed back to a later date. Please refer to the IWAS blast message for further guidance.
    • NEW - Educator Portal password can be reset from the log-in screen by clicking on the link that says, “Forgot Password.” The user will be sent an email message to create a new password.
    • NEW - Information on how to retrieve your username and password for Moodle can be found on page 6 of the "Guide to DLM Required Test Administrator Training" manual.
    • NEW - Students in grades 3 through 11 will be assessed for DLM. This includes 9th and 10th grade students. Please make sure you identify the students as taking the DLM using the DLM Pre-ID.
    • Required teacher training now available in Moodle. For any new user, it takes 24-48 hours for an account to be created in Moodle. Current active users should be able to access the required training. When logging into the training site, please use your full email address as the user name and password is everything before the @ symbol of the email address.​
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    715
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    Assessment9/4/2018
    • District Assessment Reporting (Ref: 105 ILCS 5/22-82)
      The third annual District Assessment Survey is now available. Legislation requires each school district to report information to ISBE concerning the administration of assessments to students at each school. The law also requires schools to make this information public via the school district's website or distribution in paper form. Districts can comply with this requirement by linking to the assessment survey results. This will also allow districts to track their completion rate. The survey will dynamically populate data submitted in the previous year for review and editing as needed.
      Please note that the law defines tests "scored by a non-district entity" as the focus of this data collection effort. We refer to these assessments as "standardized."
      We appreciate your assistance with completing the survey before Friday, Sept. 28, at noon. Please email Lacey Shiffer ( LSHIFFER@isbe.net), if school staff need the survey access reset.
      Link to start the survey
    • Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
      The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
      • September 7th
      • September 28th
      • October 12th
      • October 26th
      • November 9th
      • November 30th
      • December 14th
    • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – September 7th, 2018
    • Recorded Assessment Webinars
    • – Summative Designations Deep-Dive Webinar

    PARCC

    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.
    • ISBE Web Link for SAT®Information (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)

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

    Access

    ​​
    • NEW - ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Tier Consolidation
      For 2018-19, tiers for the ACCESS for ELLs Paper form will be consolidated from Tiers A, B, and C to Tiers A and B/C. This consolidation of Tiers B and C will impact the Listening and Reading domains (the Speaking and Writing domains are already tiered in this way). WIDA has developed tier placement guidance to reflect these changes. It located in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. All training materials will be updated to reflect this change for the coming year. Please note that ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online is not impacted by this update.
    • WIDA/DRC User Accounts
      All WIDA website user accounts were carried over when the new website was launched on August 15. Users who previously had a WIDA.us account are able to log in to the WIDA Secure Portal with their username and password.
      WIDA AMS accounts still require a separate username and password from the WIDA website. WIDA AMS user accounts from the 2017-18 administration remain active for the 2018-19 administration.
    • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
      WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.
    • 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 Public Website

      WIDA has released a new public website. The URL is wida.wisc.edu. The old web address of wida.us will redirect for one year.

      • On August 15, 2018, the new URL to the WIDA Secure Portal became 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.

      For assistance contact the WIDA Client Services Center at 866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    • 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.
    • 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 still 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 - Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) professional development team will be providing four interactive webinars this fall to assist teachers. The webinars will focus on student instruction that is aligned to the DLM Essential Elements in English language arts and mathematics. Each 45-minute webinar will begin with a 15-minute overview of the content followed by a 30-minute live question and answer session. Each webinar will be recorded and posted online for those who are unable to attend a live session. All webinars are free to attend and will be accessible via Skype for Business or telephone.
      Webinars are scheduled to be held during the following times:
      • English language arts, Tuesday, September 18, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (Central Time)
      • Mathematics, Tuesday, October 23, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (Central Time)
      • English language arts, Tuesday, November 13, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (Central Time)
      • Mathematics, Tuesday, December 11, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (Central Time)
    • NEW - The Illinois webpage on the DLM website has updated guidance documents to help district staff with some of the required work prior to and during testing.
    • 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.
    • Educator Portal has a new web address. Please make sure to update all your bookmarks with the new web address.​
    • 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. For any new user, it takes 24-48 hours for an account to be created in Moodle. Current active users should be able to access the required training. When logging in to the training site, please use your full email address as the user name and password is everything before the @ symbol of the email address.​​
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    Last Day to Make Corrections in SIS for PARCC, DLM, and SAT
    Assessment8/31/2018

    An IWAS blast (sent earlier) stated the eReport Card data will be available for district superintendents to review and verify on Sept. 5th. Assessments was listed as one of the areas for review. While you may preview your assessment data, all corrections to assessment data (PARCC, DLM, and SAT) are due TODAY, August 31, 2018.  Please make any final corrections as soon as possible.

    ​If you have any questions about making corrections in SIS, please contact the SIS Help Desk at 217-558-3600, option 3.​

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    Friday is the Last Day to Make Corrections for District/School Accountability in SIS (for SAT, PARCC, and DLM) for School Year 2018
    Assessment8/29/2018

    Please make a final check for error codes in the Assessment Scores Detail Report in the Student Information System (SIS).

    Please note that codes 6 (not in valid grade or course), 10 (absent), 15 (student refusal), and 19 will count against participation. These reasons/codes are  used with Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt - RNVTA.

    List of Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for SIS corrections)

    Please note that 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.

    Please check SAT Assessment Scores Detail 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 Assessment Scores Detail 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.

    If you have questions, please contact the SIS Help Desk at 217-558-3600, option 3.​


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    Assessment8/28/2018
    • NEW - District Assessment Reporting (Ref: 105 ILCS 5/22-82)
      The third annual District Assessment Survey is now available. Legislation requires each school district to report information to ISBE concerning the administration of assessments to students at each school. The law also requires schools to make this information public via the school district's website or distribution in paper form. Districts can comply with this requirement by linking to the assessment survey results. This will also allow districts to track their completion rate. The survey will dynamically populate data submitted in the previous year for review and editing as needed.
      Please note that the law defines tests "scored by a non-district entity" as the focus of this data collection effort. We refer to these assessments as "standardized."
      We appreciate your assistance with completing the survey before Friday, Sept. 28, at noon. Please email Lacey Shiffer ( LSHIFFER@isbe.net), if school staff need the survey access reset.
      Link to start the survey
    • – Student Assessment Webinar Dates for fall 2018
      The scheduled day and time is Friday from 10 – 11 a.m.
      • September 7th
      • September 28th
      • October 12th
      • October 26th
      • November 9th
      • November 30th
      • December 14th
    • Registration - Illinois Assessment Update Webinars – September 7th, 2018
    • – Summative Designations Deep-Dive Webinar
    • THIS WEEKAugust 31, 2018 - Last Day to Make Corrections (for District/School Accountability) in SIS for SY 2018
      Please note that 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. There are still a number of student records with error codes 2 and 3 (grade mismatch). The majority of these errors are associated with students who took the SAT.
    • List of Reasons for No Valid Test Attempt (for SIS corrections)
    • SIS Help Desk – 217-558-3600, option 3
    • Recorded Assessment Webinars

    PARCC

    SAT®

    • PLEASE NOTE – 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)

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

    Access

    ​​
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Tier Consolidation
      For 2018-19, tiers for the ACCESS for ELLs Paper form will be consolidated from Tiers A, B, and C to Tiers A and B/C. This consolidation of Tiers B and C will impact the Listening and Reading domains (the Speaking and Writing domains are already tiered in this way). WIDA has developed tier placement guidance to reflect these changes. It located in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. All training materials will be updated to reflect this change for the coming year. Please note that ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online is not impacted by this update.
    • WIDA/DRC User Accounts
      All WIDA website user accounts were carried over when the new website was launched on August 15. Users who previously had a WIDA.us account are able to log in to the WIDA Secure Portal with their username and password.
      WIDA AMS accounts still require a separate username and password from the WIDA website. WIDA AMS user accounts from the 2017-18 administration remain active for the 2018-19 administration.
    • WIDA 2018-2019 Q&A Webinar Schedule
      WIDA has begun holding live webinars. These are free and offer the chance to discuss various topics directly with WIDA and DRC staff. A schedule is posted in the Download Library of the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings are also available online.
    • 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 Public Website

      WIDA has released a new public website. The URL is wida.wisc.edu. The old web address of wida.us will redirect for one year.

      • On August 15, 2018, the new URL to the WIDA Secure Portal became 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.

      For assistance contact the WIDA Client Services Center at 866-276-7735, help@wida.us
    • 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.
    • 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

    • 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.
    • Educator Portal has a new web address. Please make sure to update all your bookmarks with the new web address.​
    • 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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    Assessment8/21/2018
    • 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
    • UPDATE - Please note that 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. There are still a number of student records with error codes 2 and 3 (grade mismatch). The majority of these errors are associated with students who took the SAT.
    • 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

    • UPDATE - Individual Student Reports (ISR) are scheduled to start arriving in districts August 27th. The majority of districts should receive the reports by August 31st.
      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
    • PARCC 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®

    • PLEASE NOTE – 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

    • 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 Sign up for Screener Awareness Week emails!
      By opting in, you’ll get WIDA Screener Online and Paper information straight to your inbox August 20-24. We’ll tell you how to get started with WIDA Screener, what you need to do to become a certified Test Administrator and Scorer, point you to new resources, and more!
      Opt in Now!
      Having trouble logging in or forgot your password? Contact the WIDA Client Services Center at 866-276-7736 or help@wida.us.
    • 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 Public Website

      WIDA has released a new public website. The URL is wida.wisc.edu. The old web address of wida.us will redirect for one year.

      • 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

    • 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.
    • Educator Portal has a new web address. Please make sure to update all your bookmarks with the new web address.​
    • 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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    District Assessment Survey
    Assessment8/21/2018

    The third annual District Assessment Survey is now available. Legislation requires each school district to report information to ISBE concerning the administration of assessments to students at each school. The law also requires schools to make this information public via the school district's website or distribution in paper form. Districts can comply with this requirement by linking to the assessment survey results. This will also allow districts to track their completion rate. The survey will dynamically populate data submitted in the previous year for review and editing as needed.

    Please note that the law defines tests "scored by a non-district entity" as the focus of this data collection effort. We refer to these as "standardized."

    We appreciate your assistance with completing the form before Friday, Sept. 28, at noon. Contact the Division of Data Strategies and Analytics at (217) 782-3950 if you have specific questions about the survey.

    Link to start the survey

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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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    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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    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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    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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    • 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 ​​

    NoAssessment & Accountability
    703
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    Assessment7/19/2018
    ​​

    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 ​​
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    702
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    Assessment7/10/2018
    ​​

    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    701
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    Assessment7/3/2018
    ​​

    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    700
      
    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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    699
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    Assessment6/19/2018
    ​​

    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 
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    698
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    Assessment6/12/2018

    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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    697
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    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 ​
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    696
      
    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​
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    695
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    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​​
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    694
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    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​
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    693
      
    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​
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    692
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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​

    NoAssessment & Accountability
    685
      
    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


    NoAssessment & Accountability
    684
      
    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

    NoAssessment & Accountability
    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    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

    NoAssessment & Accountability
    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.

    NoAssessment & Accountability
    681
      
    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.

    NoAssessment & Accountability
    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    678
      
    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
    ​​
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    677
      
    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    676
      
    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    673
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    672
      
    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    652
      
    assessment update webinar, PARCC, SAT, ISA, ACCESS, DLM
    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
    NoAssessment & Accountability
    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

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

    PARCC

    S​AT®

    ISA

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

    Access

    • NEW - WIDA AMS Test Setup Window

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

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

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

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

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

    • ACCESS Online Systems Status Page

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

      WIDA Sytem Status 

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

    • Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

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

    • What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

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

    • ACCESS – How long will training take?

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

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


      Information from WIDA website

    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages


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

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

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

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

    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

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

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

      View the Webinar Calendar here!

    DLM

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

    PARCC

    • NEW - Paper Administration Survey

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

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

      The deadline to complete the survey is December 15th.

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

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

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

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

    S​AT®

    ISA

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

    Access

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

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

      WIDA Sytem Status  

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

    • Teacher Practices & Student Experience Surveys

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

    • What's New on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

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

    • ACCESS – How long will training take?

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

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


      Information from WIDA website

    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webpages


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

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

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

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

    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars

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

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

      View the Webinar Calendar here!

    DLM

    • DLM Information for 2017-2018 school year
      • District staff should not be manually enrolling their students in Educator Portal.
      • Required teacher training needs to be completed by February 14th, 2018.
      • Teachers who need accounts should contact their district test coordinator to create those accounts.
      • The educator identifier for users in Educator Portal is the user's email address.
      • For new devices that have never had KITE Client installed, please see the instructions for downloading KITE 5.0 on the DLM website under the KITE Suite heading.
      • For devices that have a previous version of KITE Client (version 3.0 was used during the 2016-17 school year), the KITE Client interface will be automatically updated to KITE Client 5.0 for the 2017-18 school year.
      • Auto-update will be prompted when the device is powered on, connected to the internet, and KITE Client is launched.
      • Auto-update went out August 31st, 2017.
      • After the update is downloaded, the user will prompted to restart KITE Client.
      • The auto-update takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to allow enough time for the auto-update.
      • Any District Test Coordinator needing facilitator access needs to email lquimby@isbe.net (Laura Quimby) to request access.
      • Instructionally embedded science field tests will begin this fall. This is optional for districts to participate. The window for the instructionally embedded science test begins on November 13th, 2017 and goes to February 28th, 2018.
      • District test coordina