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A suite of secure, large-scale English language proficiency summative assessments


  • Is available to WIDA Consortium member states as a primary benefit of membership
  • Is administered to Kindergarten through 12th-grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs)
  • Is given annually to monitor students' progress in learning academic English
  • Meets U.S. federal requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for monitoring and reporting ELLs’ progress toward English language proficiency
  • Corresponds to the WIDA English Language Development Standards
  • Assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
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Test Preparation and Administration

An overview of what’s involved in preparing for and administering ACCESS for ELLs. Helpful for Test Administrators and District Test Coordinators.

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Student Preparation

Suggestions to help you get your students ready for ACCESS for ELLs testing. Helpful for all educators of multilingual learners.

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Accessibility and Accommodations

Guidance for supporting students with disabilities taking ACCESS for ELLs. Helpful for Test Administrators and IEP teams.

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Scores and Reports

An overview of how ACCESS for ELLs tests are scored and how scores can be used. Helpful for Test Administrators, ELL educators, and school, district and state administrators.

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The ACCESS Tests

WIDA offers four versions of the ACCESS assessment based on age group (Kindergarten versus Grades 1-12), format (Paper versus Online) and ability (Alternate ACCESS for ELLs for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities).

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Get resources specific to your state

State-specific contact information and additional testing resources for WIDA Consortium members.

Submit State Selection


Information about how research at WIDA connects to and supports our assessments.

Want more resources?

Additional documents, manuals and videos to support you.

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Featured Educator

"It sounds corny, but one of the most exciting times of my year is when the ACCESS scores come out, and I can see our students’ scores and where they show growth. It’s so rewarding for me to see our students making progress." 

Cathy Fox, ELL Teacher
Central Falls, RI

The November 2018 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, WIDA Annual Conference wrap-up and call for proposals, STEM for ELLs expanded outreach, the question of the month and more.