The ACCESS for ELLs® (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure, large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to grades K-12 students who have been identified as English learners. Maine schools administer the test annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.

The 2014-15 ACCESS for ELLs® testing window is Dec. 1, 2014 through Jan. 30, 2015. See the full testing cycle for more information.

ACCESS/W-APT/MODEL training for new administrators

For more information about educating English learners, visit the Maine DOE English Learners site.

Maine also offers the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs for assessing English language proficiency for students in grades 1-12 who are classified as English learners and have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs® assessment.


Nancy Mullins
Director of ESL/Bilingual Programs