ACCESS for ELLs

    ACCESS for ELLs is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment anchored in the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and administered to students in Grades K-12 who have been identified as English language learners (ELs). It is given annually in Alabama and is used to monitor EL students' progress in acquiring academic English within the school context, as well as language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies across four domains of Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.

    Primary Purposes:

      • Generates results that serve as a criterion to aid in determining when ELs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support and on state academic content tests without accommodations.
      • Provides information that can be used to enhance instruction and learning for ELs.
      • Provides districts with information that will aid in evaluating the effectiveness of their English as a Second Language (ESL)/bilingual programs.
      • Used as a criteria for determining when an EL student will exit from the ESL program.  Exit criteria is a 4.8 composite score. Once this score is achieved, students will no longer receive ESL services and will be placed on monitoring status for two academic years.
      • Provides data to study changes in performance over time.​

    ​Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is a performance-based assessment developed specifically for English learners (ELs) in Grades 1-12 with significant cognitive disabilities. ​

    Participation Criteria:

      • Student must be classified as an EL.
      • S​tudent must be identified as eligible for special education ​services as a student with a significant cognitive disability.
      • ​Student must be participating in an alternate curriculum and in the Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA).​

    Visit www.wida.us for more information.