What is ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs)?

ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners' social and academic proficiency in English.  It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science and social studies within the school context across the four language domains.


Why is an English Language Proficiency test required?

An English Language Proficiency test is required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Passed in 2010, ESSA indicates that all K-12 English Language learners must be assessed annually for English proficiency growth and academic progress.


Test Dates:

To view the testing calendar for the current school year, click here

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