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The Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS) includes a Criterion-Referenced Test, a Criterion-Referenced Test-Alternate, and an English Language Proficiency Test.

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  1. questionWIDA Test Administrator Training
    I took the Test Administrator Online Training last year, do I need to repeat all of it again? It is recommended that test administrators repeat the training as this is only the second year of the administration. The speaking test training must be retaken.
  2. questionWIDA Test administrator user name and password, OK to share?
    Can I share my username and password for the Test Administrator Training with other test administrators in my system? Usernames and passwords may not be shared. Each test administrator needs an individual username and password. An account to access the WIDA website and materials is required ...
  3. questionTest Administrator quizzes monitored?
    Will my Test Administrator Training and quiz scores be monitored? System Test Coordinators can monitor their system staff training certification results in the online course by clicking “My Quizzes,” followed by the “District View” tab. If you are a System Test Coordin ...
  4. questionHow long does the WIDA Test Administration training take?
    How long does the Test Administration training take? The online training takes approximately two to four hours, depending on which areas you should complete and may be completed in one sitting, or in as many sessions as necessary, ideally within one to two weeks of when the Test Administrator ...
  5. questionWhat parts of the Test Administration training are necessary?
    What parts of the Test Administration training are necessary? The three quizzes associated with the modules listed below should be completed with a passing score of 80% or higher to become certified to administer the applicable sections of ACCESS for ELLs. Test administrators need only take th ...
  6. questionWIDA Test Administration Questions
    TEST ADMINISTRATION QUESTIONS What are the qualifications for Test Administrators? Test Administrators should be a certified staff member (classroom teacher, school counselor, speech language pathologist, etc.) Retired teachers or educational consultants working for the school system may admin ...
  7. questionWIDA ACCESS for ELLs Test shipping and Logistical questions
    TEST SHIPPING AND LOGISTICAL QUESTIONS I don't have a barcode label for a student; is every line on the back of the booklet (Student ID, # of years req., etc…) required to be filled out? If there is no barcode label, bubble in only the student's name grid on the front page and the s ...
  8. questionWhat are the qualifications for WIDA Test Administrators?
    TEST ADMINISTRATION QUESTIONS (WIDA) What are the qualifications for Test Administrators? Test Administrators should be a certified staff member (classroom teacher, school counselor, speech language pathologist, etc.) Retired teachers or educational consultants working for the school system ma ...
  9. questionIs the WIDA Test Administration training required?
    Is the Test Administration training required? Training courses on the WIDA website are required for all teachers who will administer the assessments. The courses include quizzes. A score of 80% or higher indicates understanding of the processes. If there are several people in your system who ...
  10. questionHow do I take the WIDA test administrator training?
    How do I take the WIDA Test Administrator Training? Go to www.wida.us and sign on. If you are the System Test Coordinator, please call the Assessment Administrative Assistant at the Office of Public Instruction (406-444-3511) for your username and password to access WIDA training.
  11. questionWhat is the W-APT Test?
    What is the W-APT test? The W-APT is a screening tool for newly enrolled students with limited English proficiency to be administered at the time of enrollment. The W-APT is useful in giving schools a sense of the student’s level and language learning needs upon enrollment. It may be a ...
  12. questionTesting window for ACCESS for ELLs
    When is the testing window for the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs for 2012-2013? The 2012-13 testing window for ACCESS for ELLs is December 3, 2012 through January 29, 2013.
  13. questionWho is and LEP Student?
    What are the guidelines for identifying Limited English Proficient (LEP) students? What is the definition of “proficient” for LEP students? The guidelines for identifying LEP students and the definition of proficient LEP students can be found here: http://opi.mt.gov/pdf/Bilingual ...
  14. questionWho takes the ACCESS for ELLs Test?
    How do I know which students will take the ACCESS for ELLs test? All students identified as LEP in the AIM student database during the October count period will receive test booklets with barcode labels.
  15. questionACCESS for ELLs Test - Definition
    What is the ACCESS for ELLs test? ACCESS for ELLs is an annual assessment designed to measure English Learners’ social and academic language proficiency in English. It is required for all K-12 Montana students who are identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP). 2012-13 will be the ...
  16. questionAMO - Annual Measurable Objectives
    What is our school's AMO for this year? The Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) required for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) are listed in the table at this link: http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/Assessment/10JuneAnnualMO.pdf The information is posted on the MontCAS page.