Assessment Newsletter (Volume 8, Issue 08)

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09-25-20 |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 8, Issue 08


New Micro-Offerings from WIDA Professional Learning Now Available

Access All Three Courses on the Distance Teaching and Learning Webpage

To help navigate the unique challenges of teaching during the pandemic, WIDA has launched a new series of micro-offerings, connected to WIDA’s Guiding Principles of Language Development, that focus on reconnecting with students and identifying and welcoming new students who might need language assistance. The 30-45 minute courses are free and open to anyone but are designed for educators who work with multilingual children and youth across a variety of settings. Educators have access to the following micro-offerings available in the Supporting Multilingual Learners During COVID-19 series:

  • Tending to Multilingual Learners’ Social-Emotional Well-being.
  • Considerations for Evaluating Online Resources for Multilingual Learners.
  • Multilingual Learners and Distance Learning.

For more information, contact Antoinette Hallam, WDE EL Consultant, at 307-777-5217 or


  • September 1-October 23: WY-TOPP Fall Interim (off grade and on-grade).
  • September 1-June 18: WY-TOPP Modulars.
  • September 22, October 6 & 20: State Fall ACT Test Dates for 2019-20 Juniors.
  • September 23 and 30: WIDA’s School Leaders: Ensuring Equity for Multilingual Learners. Available in the WIDA eLearning Center.
  • September 24: Pre-Testing: ACCESS for ELLs for New District Test Coordinators Webinar.
  • September 25: ACT Voucher Requests Due.
  • October 6: Pre-Testing: Software Updates & Technology Readiness Checklist Webinar - ACCESS for ELLs Assessment.
  • October 6-9: ACT Emergency Materials Ordering Window.
  • October 8: Pre-Testing: Technology Installations* (1.5 hours) Webinar - ACCESS for ELLs Assessment.
  • October 9: WY-TOPP Online Reporting System (ORS) Closes.
  • October 13: Pre-Testing: Ordering Materials in WIDA AMS Webinar - ACCESS for ELLs Assessment.
  • October 19: WIDA’s Mathematical Meaning-Making: Ensuring Equity.
  • October 22: Pre-Testing: Test Scheduling Webinar - ACCESS for ELLs Assessment.