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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

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

Background and Student Participation

Federal and state laws require that English learner (EL) 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, EL students are required to participate in ACCESS for ELLs tests. ACCESS for ELLs tests are administered annually in January-February.

EL students are also required to participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests for their grade.

ACCESS for ELLs Tests and WIDA Screeners — General Resources

ACCESS for ELLs Tests — Test Administration and Reporting Resources

ACCESS for ELLs Service Now Forms

Last Updated: September 12, 2023

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