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Student Assessment

ACCESS for ELLs
(Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners)

Background

Federal and state laws require that English language learner (ELL) students be assessed annually to measure their proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English, as well as the progress they are making in learning English. In fulfillment of these laws, ELL students are required to participate in ACCESS for ELLs tests, which replace MEPA tests, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

ACCESS for ELLs will be administered once annually in January-February, beginning in January 2013. ACCESS for ELLs tests are based on the WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) English Language Development standards.

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WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards on which ACCESS for ELLs tests are based
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Participation Requirements for ELL Students, including ELL students with disabilities, in MCAS and ACCESS for ELLs tests
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Massachusetts Web Page on the WIDA Website
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Materials and Resources Available on the WIDA Website

ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Resources

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Memo on Accommodations and Accessibility on 2015–2016 Statewide Assessments
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ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in 2015-2016
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Comparison of Paper-Based and Computer-Based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Tests
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Principal's Pre-Administration Manual for ACCESS for ELLs: Tasks to be Completed in Fall 2015
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Requirements for the Participation of ELLs in ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, MCAS, and PARCC (2015-2016 Update)
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Massachusetts Supplement ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Manual - January 2016
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ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines and Descriptions
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ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 - Accessibility and Accommodations Overview for Massachusetts Educators (Fall 2015)
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ACCESS for ELLs Student Transfer Form
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ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Unique Accommodations Request Form
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Instructions for Reporting an ACCESS Irregularity
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Request for Permission to Test a Student in an Alternate Setting ACCESS for ELLs
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Instructions for Creating WIDA Personal Accounts
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Alternate ACCESS Test Administration Manual and Other Materials
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Test Administration Overview
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ACCESS for ELLs FAQs
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ELL Assessment Updates


Last Updated: May 12, 2016
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