WIDA ACCESS for ELLs

 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 other WIDA resources, to make decisions about students' English academic language, measure progress over time, and to facilitate their ongoing language development. Some additional examples of how ACCESS for ELLs data can be used include: 

  • For accountability purposes 

  • As benchmarks against which educators can measure future performance 

  • As a measure to make decisions about the level of English language support that is needed, or whether a student can exit English language support services 

  • To support instructional planning 

 

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: 

  • As benchmarks against which educators can measure future performance 

  • As a measure to make decisions about the level of English language support that is needed, or whether a student can exit English language support services 

  • To support instructional planning 

2021-2022 WIDA ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Dates will be posted by September 1, 2021

 

Resources for Educators 

 

ACCESS for ELLs Assessment Resources 

WIDA State- Specific Information for Maine 

ACCESS Preparation & Training 

2020-2021 Accessibility & Accommodations Supplement

2021-2022 Paper Version Request Form

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Assessment Resources 

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Preparation & Training 

WIDA Participation Guidelines for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs (PDF) 

Participation Flowchart

Participation Checklist

 

Professional Learning & Instructional Resources 

Maine DOE ESOL/Bilingual Programs Professional Learning Opportunities 

English Language Development Standards 

Can Do Descriptors