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Student Assessment

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


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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 replaced MEPA tests beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

ACCESS for ELLs are administered once annually in January-February.

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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
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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 and WIDA Screener General Resources

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ELL Assessment Updates
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Instructions for Creating WIDA Personal Accounts

ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Resources

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Principal's Pre-Administration Manual for ACCESS for ELLs: Tasks to be Completed in Fall 2017
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Massachusetts Supplement to the TAM 2018 (Goldenrod insert)
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Instructions for Student Transfers During Testing
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Tier Override Policy
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Tier Override Request Template
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Guidance to Students Prior to Taking the Online Speaking Test
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WIDA Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement
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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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Alternate ACCESS Test Administration Manual and Other Materials


Last Updated: December 5, 2017
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