Assessments

Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)/AAPPL
Language Testing International (LTI)

The Utah State Board of Education has contracted with LTI to provide the ACTFL/AAPPL assessment to schools participating in the Utah State Board of Education Dual Language Immersion program.

Testing Window

Testing Window is from November 4, 2019 to December 20, 2019.

Resources

AAPPL Proctoring Guides

Language Testing International (LTI):

AAPPL 2.0 Resources

Utah Dual Language Immersion 2019 Testing Window

Contacts

Jared Wright
Test Administration
Phone: (801) 538-7871 | E-mail

Melissa Preziosi
Test Data Management
Phone: (801) 538-7949 | E-mail

Karl Bowman
Dual Language Immersion Program and Instruction
Phone: (801) 538-7743 | E-mail

Acadience Reading

Formerly Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS).

Acadience Reading | Acadience Reading Benchmark Goals and Composite Score
Dynamic Measurement Group, Inc. (DMG)

Resources

R277-406-3: Benchmark Reading Assessments
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Special Education: Assessment
Utah State Board of Education 

Utah School Report Card: Early Literacy

Utah State Board of Education Reading on Grade Level Targets for Acadience Reading K-6

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Williams at liz.williams@schools.utah.gov, Assessment Development Coordinator at (801) 538-7542.

American College Test (ACT)

2019-2020 Testing Window

Window 1

Standard (Paper)

  • March 3, 2020

Accommodations (Paper):

  • March 3-6, 2020
  • March 9-13, 2020

Online Standard and Accommodations:

  • March 3-5, 2020
  • March 10-12, 2020

 

Due to COVID-19 school dismissals, the March 24, 2020 and April 7, 2020 state-provided 11th grade administrations of the ACT have been cancelled.

Current 11th grade students who are registered in the PearsonAccessNext system, and who did not take the 11th grade state-provided ACT during the March 3rd testing window (Window 1), are eligible for a voucher to cover the cost of registering for the ACT on one of four national test dates:

  • June 13, 2020
  • July 18, 2020
  • September 12, 2020
  • October 24, 2020

Vouchers will be provided by ACT directly to district and charter testing coordinators. The coordinators will work with their local school(s) to distribute the vouchers to students who have not already taken the 11th grade ACT. 

  • A first set of vouchers will be distributed to district and charter testing coordinators on or near April 22 and will cover the cost of taking the ACT on the June 13 or July 18 national ACT test dates.    
  • A second set of vouchers will be distributed to district and charter testing coordinators in August. The second set of vouchers will be for any remaining current 11th grade students who did not already take the state-provided ACT as described above. The August vouchers can be used by students to register for the September 12 national test or the October 24 national test.

Please go to the ACT Registration Information for national test information.

Registration Deadlines:

  • June 13, 2020 Test Date:
    • Registration Deadline: May 8, 2020
    • Late Registration: May 9-22, 2020
  • July 18, 2020 Test Date:
    • Registration Deadline: June 19, 2020 
    • Late Registration: June 20-26, 2020
  • September 12 Test Date:
    • Registration Deadline: August 14, 2020  
    • Late Registration: August 15-28, 2020
  • October 24 Test Date:
    • Registration Deadline: September 18, 2020
    • Late Registration: September 19 - October 2, 2020

Due to extenuating circumstances this year, schools who are not already national ACT test sites may choose to become an Unlisted Testing Center for one or more of the four national test dates listed above. Unlisted Testing Centers may only test their own 11th grade students as currently registered in PearsonAccessNext. For information about becoming an unlisted test site, including deadlines for making the request, please see the Unlisted Testing Center Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Unlisted Test Centers for ACT June and/or July National Test Dates FAQ for State Contract Discussions

Trainings

ACT Administration Training
YouTube

Resources

ACT Academy
Free tutorials, videos, and practice for the ACT.

ACT Accommodations and Supports Information

ACT Connections: Utah Core Standards and ACT Subtests

ACT Overview: Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) 

ACT New Testing Administrative/Coordinator Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

ACT Online Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

ACT High-Incidence Accommodations, Local Arrangements, and Accessibility Supports on the ACT® Test for State Testing and District Testing

Homeschooled Students and the ACT Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

ACT State Testing: Utah
This website is created and maintained by ACT for Utah regarding the statewide ACT test administration of Grade 11 students.

Olympus High School English Learner (EL) Accommodations Plan

Shmoop

Have questions about Shmoop? Need help with your account? Want to set up customized training for your school or Local Education Agency (LEA)? Contact Stephanie Weiss at stephanie.weiss@shmoop.com, West Coast Accounts Manager.

Shmoop: ACT and Plan Test Prep Tool
This web page has information regarding the online ACT prep tool provided by Shmoop for students and educators. Every high school student, teacher, counselor, and administrator in Utah now has free, unlimited, and secure access to the Shmoop ACT Prep Tool.

Shmoop ACT Prep for Utah

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Peterson at rebecca.peterson@schools.utah.gov, College and Career Readiness Specialist at (801) 538-7694.

Civics

American Civics Education Initiative
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Special Education Laws, State Rules and Regulations
Utah State Board of Education Special Education Services 

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Austin at robert.austin@schools.utah.gov, Education Specialist at (801) 538-7575.

Kindergarten

Utah's Kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile (KEEP) is intended to inform various stakeholders, such as parents, teachers, and leadership, on the academic and social-emotional development of entering and exiting kindergarten students. The information gained from the profile will be used to:

  • provide insights into current levels of academic and social-emotional performance upon entry and exit of kindergarten,
  • identify students in need of early intervention instruction and promote differentiated instruction for all students,
  • analyze the effectiveness of programs, such as extended-day kindergarten and preschool,
  • provide opportunities for data-informed decision-making and cost-benefit analysis of early learning initiatives,
  • identify effective instructional practices or strategies for improving student achievement outcomes in a targeted manner, and
  • understand the influence and impact of full-day kindergarten on at-risk students in both the short- and long-term.

Reports

2018-2019 Utah's KEEP Report

2017-2018 Utah's KEEP Report

Testing Materials

Training Information

KEEP Trainings
YouTube

Self-directed Canvas Training

Enroll in KEEP Entry Training

Enroll in KEEP Exit Training

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Williams at liz.williams@schools.utah.gov, Education Specialist, at (801) 538-7542.

Pre-Kindergarten

Utah’s Pre-kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile (PEEP) is intended to inform various stakeholders, such as parents, teachers, and leadership, on the academic and lifelong learning practices essential for entering and exiting pre-kindergarten students. The information gained from the profile will be used to:

  • Provide insights into current levels of performance upon entry and exit of pre-kindergarten.
  • Identify students who may need early intervention instruction and promote differentiated instruction for all students.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of programs.
  • Provide opportunities for data-informed decision-making and cost-benefit analysis of early learning initiatives.
  • Identify effective instructional practices or strategies for improving student achievement outcomes in a targeted manner.
  • Understand the influence and impact of pre-kindergarten in both the short- and long-term.

Further information regarding the assessment can be found in House Bill (H.B.) 380: Utah School Readiness Initiative Amendments.

Pre-Kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile (PEEP)

Resources

PEEP Trainings
YouTube

Self-directed Canvas Training

Enroll in PEEP Entry Training

Enroll in PEEP Exit Training

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Williams at liz.williams@schools.utah.gov, Education Specialist, at (801) 538-7542.

Readiness Improvement Success Empowerment (RISE)

The RISE assessment is a multistage computer adaptive criterion referenced assessment system that includes summative tests for English Language Arts (ELAs), Mathematics, Science, and Writing. The summative tests are scheduled to be delivered to the following grades.

Utah RISE Portal
For the 2019-2020 School Year

Summative Test

ELA

Mathematics

Science

Writing

Grades

3-8

3-8

4-8

5 and 8

Press Release

Utah Selects New Statewide School Testing Provider
Utah State Board of Education Public Relations

Resources

2019 Utah Assessments Updates

RISE (Brochure)

RISE Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Training

Introducing RISE (Readiness, Improvement, Success, Empowerment)
YouTube

Utah Aspire Plus

The Utah Aspire Plus assessment is a hybrid of ACT Aspire and Utah Core test items. It is a computer delivered, fixed form end-of-grade-level high school assessment for students in 9 and 10. Utah Aspire Plus includes four subtests: reading, English, mathematics, and science. Students receive predicted ACT score ranges for each subtest, as well as an overall predicted composite ACT score range. The assessment also provides proficiency scores for end-of-grade-level expectations for 9th and 10th grade students in English language arts, mathematics, and science.

Utah Aspire Plus Portal

Testing Window

All Utah Aspire Plus testing has been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. The Utah Aspire Plus assessment will resume in Spring of 2021.

Resources

ACT College and Career Readiness Standards

ACT® Prep for Utah

Development and Scoring Guide: Understanding Your Data

Periodic Table of the Elements

Utah Aspire Act Plus | Utah Aspire Act Plus (Spanish)

Overview

Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Understanding Spring 2019 Data

Utah Aspire Plus Infographic

Utah Aspire Plus Score Interpretation Guide

Testing Times:

  • English Tests: Grade 9 and Grade 10, 50 Operational and 9-10 Field Test Items: 45 Minutes
  • Math Tests: Grade 9 and Grade 10, 40 Operational and 5 Field Test Items: 90 Minutes
  • Reading Tests: Grade 9 and Grade 10, 35 Operational and 10 Field Test Items: 90 Minutes
  • Science Tests: Grade 9 and Grade 10, 36 Operational and 4 Field Test Items: 60 Minutes

Tests cannot be divided into sections. Each test must be completed in one sitting (unless student has an IEP or 504 accommodation for stop-the-clock breaks or for securely extending the test over multiple days).

Please reference the website below to find more details about the test blueprints.

Additional Reporting Resources
Pearson Education, Utah Aspire Plus

Training

June 2018 Pearson Presentation
YouTube

Additional information related to Utah Aspire Plus, including student, parent, and teacher resources will be added to this page as they become available.

High School (HS) Core Benchmarks

Utah Core Standards Benchmarks for Grades 9-12

Coming October 1, 2019!

The Utah Core Standards Benchmark Assessments are a productivity tool for Utah teachers and students that focus on specific strands within the Utah Core Standards. The Benchmarks are testlets—typically between 8 and 15 items, depending on the content area—that are designed to give teachers and students an opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses with specific knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined in the Utah Core Standards.

Available Benchmarks

The following are available as part of the Utah Core Standards Benchmark Assessments:

  • Reading Informational 
  • Reading Informational 10
  • Reading Literature 9
  • Reading Literature 10
  • Listening Comprehension 9
  • Listening Comprehension 10
  • Editing 9
  • Editing 10
  • Secondary Mathematics I
  • Secondary Mathematics II
  • Secondary Mathematics III
  • Earth Systems
  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Upcoming Trainings

None at this time.

Resources

Utah Core Standards Benchmark
YouTube

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Peterson at rebecca.peterson@schools.utah.gov, College and Career Readiness Specialist at (801) 538-7694.

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)

Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS)

Utah is a member state of the WIDA Consortium. WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through high quality WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards, assessments, research, and professional learning for educators.

Utah uses Kindergarten WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) and WIDA Screener Online (Grades 1-12) to identify English Learners (ELs). ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) 2.0 is given to all EL students during the annual testing window to measure proficiency and growth toward academic language proficiency in English.

All who administer WIDA assessments must be certified. To become certified to administer and score Utah WIDA assessments, test administrators must annually complete the WIDA online training course for the appropriate assessment and grade span and score 80% or higher on the end-of-module quiz.

ACCESS 2.0 Testing Requirements

ACCESS 2.0 is Utah's online summative assessment of EL students. It is developed and maintained by WIDA.

This assessment is administered for a number of purposes:

  • to measure individual students' progress in achieving proficiency in speaking, listening to, comprehending, reading, and writing academic English,
  • to determine the success of language development programs in individual schools and school districts, and
  • to fulfill federal requirements of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

All EL students must be tested annually using the ACCESS 2.0 assessment. When students earn a Proficiency Level of 5.0 or higher, they are considered fluent in English. Students are then re-designated to monitoring status for four years. Students are not required to take the ACCESS 2.0 assessment during these four years of monitoring. The Local Education Agency (LEA) may use appropriate data, evaluation, and team-based problem solving to consider reclassifying the student as EL if, while in monitoring status, the student demonstrates consistent and continued need for increased language support services.

For students in grades 1 through 12, LEAs are required to give WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment. ACCESS 2.0 Paper is allowable for students with specific needs (e.g. students with disabilities; recently arrived English Learners, such as immigrant and refugee students).

Students with significant cognitive disabilities who take Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)/Utah Alternate Assessment (UAA), Utah State Board of Education Special Education Assessment, are eligible for WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.

Students in Kindergarten are administered WIDA Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs.

Screener Testing Requirements

LEAs are required to administer a WIDA Screener to newly enrolled students who indicate on the home language survey that they speak any language other than English. Screener is available to LEAs all year; however, federal law requires that students must be administered Screener within 30 days of enrollment within the first month of school, and within 10 days of enrollment thereafter. Screener should only be administered once during a student's enrollment in Utah schools.

Students are eligible for EL services if they earn a score of 1-4 on Screener for grades 1-12, or a score of 1-28 on W-APT for Kindergarten students.

For students in grades 1 through 12, LEAs are required to give WIDA Screener Online. WIDA Screener Paper is allowable for students with specific needs (e.g. students with disabilities; recently arrived English Learners, such as immigrant and refugee students). Both Screener online and Screener Paper are provided by Utah State Board of Education at no cost to LEAs.

Students in Kindergarten are given the W-APT

WIDA Measure of Developing English Language (MODEL) is also an acceptable tool for screening for grades K-12 that can be purchased by the LEA.

2019-2020 Dates

ACCESS Testing Window: January 6 through March 6

2019 Professional Development and Training

Register through Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS) using Course Number 53369.

Location: Moab, Utah

August 27: WIDA Screener Online

August 28 (Morning): WIDA AMS for Screener

August 28 (Afternoon): WIDA Kindergarten Model

August 29: The Noisy Classroom

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

December 9 (Half Day): ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinator

December 9 (Half Day): ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator

December 10 (Half Day): Kindergarten ACCESS Test Administrators

December 10 (Half Day): Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports

December 11 (Half Day): WIDA MODEL Online Test Administrators

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do LEAs have to screen students arriving from another WIDA state and have previous WIDA ACCESS scores?

Yes, students need to be screened in order to qualify for EL services in Utah.

2. If a student lived in Utah, moved out of state, then returned to a Utah school, do they need to be screened?

Yes, if it has been more than 2 years.

No, if it has less than 2 years.

3. If a student arrives in Utah from another WIDA state and reached a 5.0 or higher on their ACCESS test, do they need to be screened?

Yes, to ensure they do or do not need EL services in Utah.

4. What Screener grade band should be used?

Please see the Online Screener TAM pages 15-16 for guidance.

Resources

ACCESS for ELLs Year in Review October 2017-October 2018

ACCESS Native Language Codes

WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS)
Data Recognition Corporation (DRC)

WIDA:

WIDA's scoring and materials handling contractor. All ACCESS testing materials are ordered through DRC, and all testing materials are subsequently returned to DRC for scoring.

To request WIDA or DRC Accounts

WIDA Permissions:

  • Test Administrators should contact LEA Test Coordinator for permissions.

WIDA DRC/AMS Permissions:

  • Test Administrators should contact LEA Test Coordinator for permissions.

District Testing Coordinator Permissions:

  • LEA Assessment Directors, Testing Coordinators, and Alternate Language Services (ALS) Directors should contact the above state assessment contacts for WIDA and WIDA AMS accounts and permissions.

Contact Us

Ann-Michelle Neal
Utah State Board of Education WIDA Assessment Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7651 | E-mail

Megan Lopez
Utah State Board of Education WIDA Testing Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7723 | E-mail

WIDA Help Desk
(866) 276-7735 | E-mail

DRC/AMS Help Desk
(855) 787-9615 | E-mail