What is ACCESS for ELLs?

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is the WIDA Consortium’s suite of English language proficiency assessments. Each assessment tests student’s language in four domains: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The suite of summative assessments includes

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online, an online assessment for Grades 1 – 12

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper, a paper-based assessment for Grades 1 – 12

Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, a paper-based assessment kit

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, a paper-based assessment for Grades 1 – 12 for ELLs with significant cognitive disabilities

ACCESS for ELLs meets U.S. federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for monitoring and reporting ELLs progress toward English language proficiency.


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 prints, distributes, scores, and issues reports for ACCESS for ELLs??

All materials will come from DRC (Data Recognition Corporation) of Maple Grove, Minnesota and should be returned as directed. For assistance from DRC, please call 855-787-9615 or e-mail WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com.

Who uses ACCESS for ELLs?

The Departments of Education in WIDA Consortium states have determined that 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 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 state department of education agrees to allow their participation.

Can non-WIDA members use 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 ACCESS for ELLs?

Consortium members are each responsible for determining how they fund ACCESS for ELLs administration. Please contact the individuals listed on each state's web page to determine the funding sources or policies in that state.