FAQs: General Information
What is the ACCESS for ELLs?
ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners' social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English
used within the school context
as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies across the four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing).
Who developed the ACCESS for ELLs?
ACCESS for ELLs was contracted and developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, DC in collaboration with the WIDA Consortium. Item writers and reviewers are professional educators of ELLs throughout the Consortium partner states who participate in a mix of on-line workshops and face-to-face sessions.
Who is printing, distributing, scoring and reporting the ACCESS for ELLs?
All materials will come from MetriTech, Inc. of Champaign, IL, and should be returned as directed.
For assistance from MetriTech, please call 1-800-747-4868 and ask for WIDA support.
Who uses the ACCESS for ELLs?
State Departments of Education each of the states in the WIDA Consortium have determined that the ACCESS for ELLs will be their statewide assessment instrument for the mandated annual assessment of English language proficiency. All identified English language learners in these states will participate in this testing program.
Is the ACCESS for ELLs available for use in private schools?
ACCESS for ELLs is currently available for private schools within WIDA Consortium member states if the local state department agrees to allow their participation. Private schools that agree to abide by confidentiality policies and security may order booklets directly from MetriTech (800-747-4868) and contact the Consortium regarding payment.
Can non-WIDA members use the ACCESS for ELLs?
ACCESS for ELLs is currently scheduled for administration only in Consortium member states. Some member states allow private schools within their state to administer ACCESS for ELLs.
Who pays for the ACCESS for ELLs?
Currently, most Consortium states have determined that the ACCESS for ELLs will be purchased at the state level, primarily using federal Title III and/or Title VI money; however, a few states have determined that local districts will fund the assessment. This stipulation applies to public schools; private schools may purchase the ACCESS for ELLs directly from the WIDA Consortium.