Mississippi

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  • Contact Information

    Organization Name Email Phone External Links
    State Education Agency (MS Dept. of Education) Tarro Funchess, Title III and ESOL tfunchess@mde.k12.ms.us (601) 359-3499 MS Dept of Education, Office of Student Assessment, Office of Innovative Support
    Sharon Prestridge, Special Populations Coordinator sprestridge@mde.k12.ms.us (601) 359-1970
    WIDA Consortium www.wida.us Toll Free 1-866-276-7735 www.wida.us
    MetriTech MetriTech wida@metritech.com
    1-800-747-4868
    (ask for WIDA Support)
    www.metritech.com
  • Assessment Materials & Training

    How do I gain access to view and/or download the W-APT screener materials?

    You must contact your district or state facilitator to request the username and password for your district.

    How do I use W-APT scores to determine whether or not a student is eligible for ELL program support?

    Always use multiple criteria for placement decisions, particularly the student's classroom performance and the judgment of teachers who know the student.

    If students in grades 1-12 receive a composite proficiency level of 5.0 or above, the student does *not* have to be placed in the ELL program.

    For kindergarten students, please use the ranges as follows:
    a) The student (kindergarten) does *not* have to be placed in the ELL program if the student is tested in the 1st semester and scores 27 or above on Speaking and Listening.

    b) The student (kindergarten) does *not* have to be placed in the ELL program if the student is tested in the 2nd semester and scores a 27 or above on Speaking and Listening **AND a 14 or above on Reading and a 17 or above on Writing.**

    How should I keep record of a student's W-APT results?

    After you have completed the W-APT for all applicable students, place the results in the students' cumulative folders. No information on the screener test should be sent to MDE. However, if the district is audited, the documentation should be in the student's file to verify adherence to the state and federal policies. .

    How do I enroll in WIDA's online training course?

    Instructions for enrollment are available by contacting WIDA Help at toll free 1-866-276-7735 or help@wida.us.

    Am I required to take the test administrator training quizzes to become approved to administer the ACCESS test?

    Yes. Log In to take the test administrator training quizzes. You must receive a passing score of 80% on all applicable quizzes.

    Do I need to retake the training quizzes if I passed them in a previous year?

    No, but review of the training course is strongly recommended, particularly the speaking portion.

  • Important ACCESS for ELLs Administration Dates

    Task Start Date End Date
    Test Ordering - State Provides 2/25/2014 2/26/2014
    Pre-ID Ordering - State Provides 2/25/2014 2/26/2014
    Ship Test Materials to Districts   3/21/2014
    Districts Receive Test Materials   3/25/2014
    Test Window 4/1/2014 4/30/2014
    Additional Materials Deadline   4/16/2014
    Districts Pack Completed Material 4/30/2014 5/7/2014
    Districts Ship Completed Material to MT   5/7/2014
    All Materials Received at MT   5/12/2014
    Data Validation Window 6/9/2014 6/21/2014
    Reports Shipped to Districts 7/7/2014 7/12/2014
    Correction Window 7/12/2014 7/27/2014
    Final Data Due To State   7/28/2014
  • Professional Development

    There are currently no Professional Development opportunities offered in Mississippi.
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