ACCESS for ELLs
Maine administers the annual English language proficiency assessment, ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) in grades K-12 to students who have been identified as English learners. This assessment is administered in a computer-based format for grades 1-12, in paper-based format for kindergarten, and is also available in paper-based format as an accommodation, as identified on an Individualized Education Plan.
ACCESS for ELLs assesses each of the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It also measures language proficiency within different content areas, including reading, math, and science. Educators use ACCESS results and reporting, in addition to multiple data points, to make decisions about students' English language instruction. Some additional examples of how ACCESS for ELLs data can be used include:
Benchmarks against which educators can measure future performance
Measure to make decisions about the level of English language support and resources that are needed
Exit from English learner status and services
Support in the development of SAU Lau Plans
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is Maine’s assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) for students in grades 1-12 who are identified as English learners and have the most significant cognitive disabilities
All students identified as English learners must be assessed annually for ELP, including students who receive special education services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act also mandates that students with disabilities participate in statewide and district-wide assessment programs, including alternate assessments with appropriate accommodations, when it is documented in their Individualized Education Plan. For this reason, Maine uses the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs to meet federal accountability requirements and to provide educators with a measure sensitive to ELP growth of English learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Some additional examples of how the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs data can be used include:
2021-2022 WIDA ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Dates Administration window is January 10, 2022 through March 4, 2022.
Resources for Educators ACCESS for ELLs
Resources for Educators Alternate ACCESS for ELLs