FAQs: Security and Accountability

Does the ACCESS for ELLs comply with No Child Left Behind (NCLB)?

Most definitely, for a number of reasons; ACCESS for ELLs...

  • is anchored in state academic content standards and common English proficiency standards used within the WIDA states.
  • measures progress in attaining academic and school related English across grade level clusters and English language proficiency levels up to and including full English proficiency.
  • assesses each language domain (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) separately to generate individual subscale and composite scores (including comprehension).
  • meets rigorous psychometric standards for test reliability and validity for ELLs in grades K-12.
  • provides relevant data for local and state accountability purposes in addition to information for classroom, bilingual, and English as a second language (ESL) teachers and administrators.

Why is the ACCESS for ELLs a secure test?

The requirements of federal legislation, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, make it imperative that English language proficiency (ELP) assessments be secure and confidentiality is maintained. Since scores on these assessments are now being used for accountability purposes, test security is absolutely necessary.

What does it mean to be "a secure test"?

With a secure test, districts, schools, and individual test administrators must be trained in its administration and have agreed to maintain the security of test questions. Tests arrive at districts or schools, are kept under lock- and-key, and are administered following standard procedures. Tests are promptly boxed and returned to the vendor for scoring and reporting to arrive no later than the due date. No photocopies of any materials are to be made and all copies are to be returned to the vendor, MetriTech, Inc.