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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

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


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

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

ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Screener General Resources

ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Resources

Last Updated: September 12, 2022

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