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

ACCESS for ELLs (ACCESS) is the collective name for WIDA's suite of summative English language proficiency assessments. ACCESS is taken annually by English learners in kindergarten through grade 12 in WIDA Consortium member states.

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Preparing for ACCESS

An overview of what’s involved in preparing to administer ACCESS for ELLs, as well as suggestions to help you get your students ready for testing.


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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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ACCESS Scores and Reports

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

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Building a WIDA Assessment

Discover what it takes to make a high quality assessment and learn how you can get involved.

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Get resources specific to your state

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

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The ACCESS Tests

Compare and contrast the four versions of the ACCESS assessment (Online, Paper, Kindergarten and Alternate).

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Information about how research at WIDA connects to and supports our assessments, as well as informs policy and instructional practices.