Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs (Kindergarten ACCESS) is a paper-based test individually administered to Kindergarten students in a game-like interactive format. This assessment is given annually to English language learners (ELLs) to measure their English language proficiency in four domains: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.
Kindergarten ACCESS meets U.S. federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for reporting ELLs’ progress toward English language proficiency and establishing a baseline to monitor students’ future growth.
Kindergarten ACCESS test windows and key dates are the same as those for ACCESS for ELLs Online and Paper. The test also generates the same types of scores and score reports as Grades 1-12. However, some differences in Kindergarten ACCESS stem from WIDA's research into what is accessible and developmentally appropriate for kindergarteners.
Scores from Kindergarten ACCESS can be used to inform instruction and monitor progress of ELLs.
- Kindergarten ACCESS is always paper-based and individually administered.
- While students test in the same four domains as Grades 1-12, the domains are grouped and presented in a different order.
- The Test Administrator scores all domains.
- Scored tests are sent to DRC to process for score reporting.
- This test is not split into difficulty tiers. Students are tested in all parts until they reach their performance ceiling for a given part.
- The test time can take up to 60 minutes per student.
Test Administration Time
45 minutes total test time