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.

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    Proficiency Level

    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

    Time does not include convening students, material distribution, directions or embedded test practice.

    45 minutes total test time

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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.

    Resources for Educators

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    Standards for the classroom that align with ACCESS for ELLs
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    Can Do Descriptors that highlight what multilingual learners can do
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    Professional learning that helps you better understand ACCESS for ELLs
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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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    Looking for in-person training?

    We offer a Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator workshop.

    Ready to get started?

    Log in to the WIDA Secure Portal to learn how to administer this assessment.