ACCESS for ELLs Scores and Reports

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Scoring ACCESS for ELLs

ACCESS for ELLs is scored differently, depending on the assessment (Paper, Online, Kindergarten) and the domain (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing). 

ACCESS for ELLs Online

  • The test platform automatically scores Listening and Reading during administration.
  • Saved responses in the Speaking and Writing domains are automatically sent to our test delivery partner and scored in winter and spring.

ACCESS for ELLs Paper

  • Test Administrators score the Speaking domain in the test booklets.
  • States send test booklets to our test delivery partner for scoring the Listening, Reading and Writing domains.

Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs

  • Test Administrators score all domains in the test booklet and send the booklets to our test delivery partner.

States have a chance to review their test data (a process called data validation) to identify errors and make corrections before our test delivery partner prints the score reports and ships them directly to states.

Please see Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Scores and Reports page for information on scores and scoring for that assessment.

Types of Scores and How To Use Them

Types of Scores

Raw Scores are the actual number of items or tasks the student responded to correctly. This score is the starting point, but because it doesn't take item difficulty into account, it doesn't provide a meaningful measure of student performance. For this reason, raw scores are not included on ACCESS for ELLs score reports.

Scale Scores take item difficulty into account, so educators can use them to examine groups of students, or student performances over time.

Proficiency Level Scores are an interpretation of scale scores. On ACCESS tests, they align to the six WIDA English language proficiency levels.

    Using ACCESS for ELLs Scores

    ACCESS for ELLs scores have many potential uses, from determining student placement to guiding the creation of new curricula. Test scores work best as a way to aid decision-making, in cases such as:

    • Establishing when multilingual learners have attained English language proficiency according to state criteria
    • Making decisions about program entry and exit
    • Informing classroom instruction and assessment
      • Which domains teachers could focus on
      • What the WIDA ELD Standards say about students’ current proficiency levels
      • How teachers can scaffold using the next level up
    • Monitoring student progress by comparing current scores to previous scores
    • Deciding on staffing levels


    Types of Score Reports

    The same types of score reports are generated for all students taking ACCESS for ELLs (Online, Paper and Kindergarten).

    All of the score reports provide score information for the same eight categories: four domains and four composite areas (Oral Language, Literacy, Comprehension, Overall). Composite scores are created from two or more domain scores.

    Individual Student Report (ISR)

    The ISR shows all the scores for an individual student. It provides brief descriptions of each proficiency level with a lot of visual support. Translated copies can be sent home with students and discussed at conferences with parents or guardians.

    • Use when your focus is on a single student
    • Use when talking to the student, their parents or guardians, and their other educators
    • Refer to the Speaking and Writing Rubrics when looking at those scores

    Sample Reports

    Additional Sample reports are available in many languages in WIDA AMS.

    Student Roster Report (SRR)

    The SRR contains information about a group of students within a single school and grade. It does not have visual supports or descriptions of each proficiency level, but it provides a concise overview of the results of a group of students.

    • Use to look for patterns in student performance that could inform:
      • Class placement
      • Forming work groups in a class
      • Identifying students who would benefit from different or additional support

    Sample Report

    Frequency Reports

    WIDA provides three frequency reports: School, District and State. They show the number and percentage of tested students (per grade) who scored at each proficiency level. Frequency reports do not show the performance of individual students. Instead, they provide an overview of a large group’s performance.

    • Use to gain a sense of the success of school, district or state-wide efforts in educating ELLs
    • Consult when planning, developing or restructuring language services for ELLs
    • Avoid generalizing about the meaning behind differing scores, especially when the number of students is small

    Sample Reports

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    ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guide for Score Reports

    The Interpretive Guide for Score Reports is a comprehensive document explaining the types of scores reported for students in Grades K-12 who take ACCESS for ELLs assessments.

    Get the Interpretive Guide for Score Reports

    All Scores and Reports Resources

    View a list of all resources related to ACCESS scores and reports.

    Resources for Families

    Webinars and other resources that explain identification, instruction and assessment of ELLs. 

    Connect to Classroom Instruction

    Use score reports and WIDA ELD Standards to take your ELLs to the next level.