ACCESS for ELLs 2.0

For families with questions about ACCESS for ELLs, please visit this FAQ.

In 2016-17, Maine began administering the computer-based annual English language proficiency assessment, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners), that replaces the paper-based version of ACCESS for ELLs for grades 1-12. Kindergarten will continue as a paper-based assessment.

As with the ACCESS for ELLs, the tasks on the computer-based English language proficiency assessment will attempt to replicate the kinds of communicative situations (and the English language needed to be processed or produced within them) that might be encountered in different school contexts. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will continue to assess each of the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing separately.

In addition to standardizing the test-taking experience for all students, the multimedia and improved dynamism of a computer-delivered assessment will more readily engage students. By moving to computer delivery, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will benefit from the wide range of possibilities afforded by technology from item presentation and capturing responses, to accessibility and scoring efficiency.

  • Professional Development and Training. Maine DOE's training page for Maine educators delivering the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Training is available for Test Coordinators, Test Administrators and Technology Coordinators.
  • Test Administration. Includes 2017-18 testing dates, preparation resources, technology requirements, accessibility and accommodations and more.

ACCESS for ELLs Webinar Calendar 2017-2018 (PDF, 151KB). The 2017-2018 Q&A ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinar Schedule. All webinars are free, last one hour, and will take place from Sept. 2017 through May 2018. In addition to 16 familiar topics from last year spanning Pre-, During-, and Post-Testing, three new topics will be offered this year:

  • Using Access for ELLs 2.0 Results in the New School Year
  • What's New This Year? (PDF, 364KB)
  • Access for ELLs 2.0 for New District Test Coordinators

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. Learn more about Maine’s assessment of 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.


Special Consideration Request

This Process is intended to be used in the rare instances when a student cannot participate in either instruction or assessment. In these cases, a request for State approval of non-participation must be made. The State-approved reasons for allowing non-participation fall within four broad areas outlined in the portal.


Sue Nay
Alternate Assessment & WIDA ACCESS Coordinator