Greetings Montana Educators,

I am writing to invite you to participate in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Field Test.  Though there are many important demands on your time during the school year, your district’s participation in the Writing field test will provide valuable practice for students and test administrators in using the online platform and preparing for the upcoming 2018 operational ACCESS 2.0 administration and assist with fulfilling the numbers needed for USDOE Peer Review:

WIDA states are held to the following USDOE Peer Review Guidance:

o Must provide evidence of appropriate field testing.

o Field test student sample must be representative of the population of final test takers (of adequate size and diversity).

The attached flyer provides the who, what, and when of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Field Test participation as well as information regarding an incentive of $100 for schools participating with 50 students or more. It’s important to remember that consortium-wide participation in field testing is important to ensure the validity of ACCESS for ELLs Writing scores, and you can make a valuable contribution to the effort.  No number of students/schools participating is too few!

Please contact Alex Bauer (alex.bauer@wisc.edu, 608-265-0601) if you would like to participate or if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Yvonne Field
Assessment Coordinator
Office of Public Instruction
406-444-0748
yfield@mt.gov