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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 language learners in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in WIDA Consortium member states.

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Preparing to Administer ACCESS

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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Preparing Students for ACCESS

Suggestions to help you get your Grades 1-12 students ready for ACCESS for ELLs testing. Helpful for Test Administrators and ELL educators.

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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, ELL educators, and school, district and state administrators.

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Get resources specific to your state

State-specific contact information and additional testing resources, including the ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, 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.