In 2017, you may notice a change to your students’ ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 proficiency level scores.

These webinars explain the reasons for anticipated changes in students’ proficiency level scores as well as suggestions for how you can communicate with students and families, administrators, and other educators on how this might impact them.

2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Changes

March 10 Recorded Webinar
March 14 Recorded Webinar

State-Specific Follow-up Webinar

Many states are offering an additional follow-up webinar to give educators the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the changes in relation to local policies. WIDA and state education agency staff will participate. Afterward, the recording of this webinar will be posted on your state’s page.

2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Changes

To meet language demands of college and career readiness standards, we are raising the bar for language proficiency. Students will need to showcase higher language skills in 2016–2017 to achieve the same proficiency level scores (1.0–6.0). This is the result of a process called standard setting. Standard setting determines the student performance required for each proficiency level through a series of decisions made for each grade level by expert panels of teachers as well as district and state English language learner administrators.

Standard setting is expected to impact ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 scores in 2017 in the following ways:

  • Some students' scores may go down
  • Fewer students may exit program support

Learn more: Standard Setting Overview Flyer PDF icon

Resources for Educators

WIDA has developed a suite of materials for educators to help them communicate and respond to the 2017 score changes.

For sharing with other educators:

  • Video (at right) and Discussion Guide PDF Icon: Provides background on why scores are changing, as well as how this will impact students, families, teachers, and administrators. You could show the video to a group of colleagues and use the Discussion Guide to begin discussing as a team what actions might be needed in your school or district. You may choose to print the Discussion Guide as a handout or use it as your facilitator’s guide.
  • PowerPoint Slides PPowerpoint Icon: Support you in presenting to groups of teachers and/or administrators about the 2017 score changes and their impact on your school or district. You are welcome to customize these slides.
  • Score Lookup Calculator : Allows you to enter 2016 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 scores to determine what those scores would have been with the new score scale applied. You can then compare scores from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017 on the same scale and determine where students made progress. WIDA recommends that this tool be used for students whose scores decreased or who did not exit the program as expected, but you should not need to use the calculator for all students. Login required.
  • Student Scenarios (Coming soon!): Detail the stories and impact of the score changes on example students as well as some steps that their educators took in response. Consider sharing these with teachers to help them understand the score changes and consider their own action plans.
  • Interviews with ELL Leaders (Coming soon!): Share the comprehensive plans being enacted by several leaders at the state, district, and school levels to address the score changes in 2017 and beyond.

For sharing with parents and families

  • 2017 Individual Student Score Notes PDF Icon: Helps you prepare for conversations with your students and their family members. It was designed as a template/reflection worksheet with talking points for teachers. WIDA recommends that this tool be used for students whose scores decreased or who did not exit the program as expected. The Score Lookup Calculator will help you complete this form.
  • PowerPoint Slides PPowerpoint Icon: Provide an overview of the changes and are intended for your use at a Family Night or other opportunity to present information to parents and families. You are welcome to customize these slides.

For sharing with students

  • Lesson Plans (coming August 2017): Elementary and secondary lesson plans will consist of three phases:
    • Understanding language proficiency
    • Determining students’ strengths
    • Students’ goals and their requests for support from teachers and others

    The lessons will be differentiated by language proficiency levels and offer some ideas for tailoring them to specific contexts.