Monday DAC Email for Monday, October 26, 2020

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Monday DAC


October 26, 2020

Question of the Week

Q: When will the ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS window close for ordering materials?

A: As a reminder, the ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS window in WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS) will close Oct. 27 for ordering kindergarten, online, Alternate ACCESS, and accommodated materials. Districts do not have to order pre-ID labels. Districts should only order materials for the amount of English Learner (EL) students enrolled and identified in the district in Infinite Campus (IC).

How to Order Materials:

  1. Log into WIDA AMS
  2. Click Materials > Materials Ordering
  3. Choose the Administration KY ACCESS for ELLs - 2020 - 2021
  4. Click Show Materials

WIDA AMS requires users to enter enrollments for each school rather than at the district level.

Alternate K-PREP Combined Overview-Attainment Task Training/Quiz to Open

The 2020-2021 Alternate K-PREP Combined Overview/Attainment Task (AT) training and online quiz will be available Monday, Nov. 2. The Administration Guide will be available to print or download on the Alternate K-PREP Resources page. The Overview/AT Quiz is scheduled to open the afternoon of Nov. 2 and will close Wednesday, Feb. 10. The actual training will remain posted to the Alternate K-PREP Training site.

For any questions please contact Kevin O’Hair by email or by phone at (502) 564-4394.

WIDA and DRC Customer Service Hours

The World Class-Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Client Services Center will hold extended hours starting in Nov.

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT
  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT

Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) Customer Service is open year-round Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.

WIDA ELD Standards eSummit Resources Available

Recordings and downloadable resources are now available for all three eSummit WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards, 2020 Edition sessions:

  • Introduction to the WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition
  • Understanding the New WIDA Key Language Uses – Inform, Narrate, Explain, and Argue
  • Collaborative Planning for Content and Language Integration

To access the session recordings, handouts, PowerPoint slides, and more, all districts have to do is:

  1. Log in to the WIDA Secure Portal account.
  2. Click on the “WIDA eLearning Center” tile in the portal.
  3. From the eLearning Center Dashboard, click on the “WIDA eSummit” tile.
  4. Click on the “ELD Standards 2020 (10/12-10/16)” link in the menu, navigate to the desired session and click on the yellow “Session Info” button below each offering.

Visit the 2020 Vision for Standards webpage for the latest updates and information on the WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition.

Brian Wilmurth Calloway County Schools

DAC Spotlight


Brian Wilmurth
Calloway County Schools

Located in far western Kentucky, Calloway County is home to the beautiful city of Murray and to Calloway County School District, where “Every Student Matters and Every Moment Counts.” The district consists of a stand-alone preschool, three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, one alternative facility, and one shared area technology center. The school system has approximately 2,900 students from age three through grade 14 and offers a wide range of programs and activities to meet the needs of all students academically, socially and personally. The district has almost 500 certified and classified employees. Approximately 58% of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Calloway County School’s goal is expressed in its mission and vision statements, placing a high value on being "Learners for Life" and visualizing students who are "Successful-Now and Beyond."

One of the reasons for Calloway’s continual success is the use of formative and summative student data to help drive decisions. Calloway focuses on finding multiple data points that help illuminate strengths and weaknesses in student learning and teacher instruction. The district uses longitudinal data to track students’ progress over time and help teachers and administrators identify and close achievement gaps. The faculty and staff’s commitment to data-driven decisions has helped Calloway County School’s make continuous improvement and reach high levels of success.

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions presented in the article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).

Assessment Calendar

In This Issue

Alternate K-PREP Combined Overview -AT Training/Quiz

WIDA and DRC Customer Service Hours

WIDA ELD Standards eSummit Resources

DAC Spotlight

Important Dates

Sept. 29-Oct. 27:
ACCESS for ELLs Test Materials Order Window

Oct. 12-30:
WIDA eSummit

Oct. 26 – 27:
Scott Trimble Virtual Workshop Sponsored by KAAC

Oct. 26:
WIDA eSummit: Using WIDA Assessments Appropriately

Oct. 28:
WIDA eSummit: Introducing the New WIDA Screener for Kindergarten

Oct. 30:
WIDA eSummit: WIDA Model-Learning Your Students’ English Language Skills

Nov. 1:
Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov. 2- Feb. 10:
Alternate K-PREP Overview-AT Training/Quiz Opens in the Afternoon

Nov. 3:
Election Day—State Government Offices Closed

Nov. 5:
Spring 2021 ACT Test Administration Training (Virtual)

Nov. 10:
DRC and WIDA Technology Coordinator Support for Test Administrators Webinar

Nov. 11:
Veterans Day – State Government Offices Closed

Nov. 12:
DAC Monthly Webcast

Nov. 12:
Administration Code and Inclusion of Special Populations Training for Allegations (virtual meeting)

Previous Topics

ACT Return Materials 

ACT Training Opportunity 

Science Standards and Assessment Blueprint RC and AP Application 

Scott Trimble Workshop (Virtual) 


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