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.


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    Score Type

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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. The test measures English language proficiency in the four domains: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.


    • The Test Administrator scores all domains.

    • Scored tests are sent to test vendor for processing into score reports.
    • Kindergarten ACCESS scores and score reports are provided in the same formats as those for ACCESS Online and Paper.
    • Students are tested until they reach their performance ceiling for a given part.

    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

    Standards for the classroom that align with ACCESS for ELLs
    Can Do Descriptors that highlight what multilingual learners can do
    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.