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

These webinars explain the reasons for changes in students’ proficiency level scores and offer suggestions for how you can communicate about them with students and families, administrators, and other educators.

March 10 Recorded Webinar
March 14 Recorded Webinar

Using 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year

These webinars share insights about how the 2017 scores can be used to address local needs related to instruction, test preparation, and accountability.

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 (below) 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: 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 scle 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.
  • Summary of ACCESS 2.0 2016 Standard Setting Study PDF icon: Contains a summary of the standard setting studies conducted in 2016 (their process and outcomes). A comprehensive report containing in-depth technical analysis will be available later in 2017.
  • 2017 Speaking Scores:PDF icon Offers WIDA's response to educators who are looking for more information about why the Speaking test scores changed so dramatically in 2017 and what resources educators can use within WIDA's suite of standards–based resources to guide instruction given these new expectations.

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