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ACCESS for ELLS Administration

(Updated 12/28/15)

Who can administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener, and WIDA MODEL?

ACCESS for ELLs - the secure state approved annual assessment for English language proficiency, W-APT Screener and WIDA MODEL- the state approved initial screeners for English language proficiency, are to be administered by licensed instructional personnel (teachers with a Professional Educator License (PEL) as well as teachers holding an Educator License with Stipulations endorsed as a Transitional Bilingual Educator (ELS-TBE)) or licensed non-instructional personnel (coordinators, program directors, school psychologists, speech and language therapists, assistant principals, principals, assistant superintendents and superintendents) who have completed the required training and meet certification requirements for the instrument to be administered (ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, W-APT Screener or the MODEL).  See ACCESS for ELLs FAQ #7 below for more information about training requirements.

Additional flexibility may be granted to school districts whose unusual circumstances warrant the need to secure additional staff to support their efforts to assess English language learners. In such cases they may contract licensed personnel who have been trained and certified to administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL.

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Who cannot administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL?

Licensed individuals who have not been trained and certified to administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL cannot administer these assessments.

Individuals who only hold a Substitute Teaching License cannot administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL (*see below for exceptions).

Paraprofessionals who only hold paraprofessional credentials cannot administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL.  However, under certain circumstances, some paraprofessionals may administer the screeners and assessments, see below.

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Can substitute teachers administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL?

Individuals who only hold a Substitute Teaching License cannot administer the ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL.

However, individuals that meet ALL of the criteria listed below may administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL.

  1. The individual has been hired by the district on a long-term substitute basis to fill in for a teacher who is out on extended leave due to illness, maternity leave, or any such leave officially approved by the employing district, and
  2. The individual's assigned duties must include all duties customarily performed by the regular teacher such as lesson planning, other state mandated test administration and report card generation, and
  3. The individual must hold a license for the grade level (a Professional Educator License (PEL) or an Educator License with Stipulations endorsed as a Transitional Bilingual Educator (ELS-TBE)) and meet state assignment requirements, and
  4. The individual must complete the required training and meet certification requirements for the instrument to be administered (ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, W-APT Screener or the MODEL).

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Can paraprofessionals administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL?

Paraprofessionals who only hold paraprofessional credentials cannot  administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL.

However, individuals that meet ALL of the criteria listed below may administer ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT Screener or the MODEL.

  1. The individual has been hired by the district as a paraprofessional, and
  2. The individual must hold a current teaching license for the grade level (a Professional Educator License (PEL) or an Educator License with Stipulations endorsed as a Transitional Bilingual Educator (ELS-TBE)) and meet state assignment requirements, and
  3. The individual must complete the required training and meet certification requirements for the instrument to be administered (ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, W-APT Screener or the MODEL).

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