Student Assessment

ACCESS for ELLs


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


Background


Federal and state laws require that English language learner (ELL) 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, ELL students are required to participate in ACCESS for ELLs tests, which replace MEPA tests, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

ACCESS for ELLs will be administered once annually in January-February, beginning in January 2013. ACCESS for ELLs tests are based on the WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) English Language Development standards.


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Field Test Overview


(Scheduled for Early 2015)

http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/overview.html


Accommodations for ELLs with Disabilities

The accommodations routinely used by ELLs with disabilities on the ACCESS tests are also available for these students on the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 field test.
For more information, please call 781-338-3625 or email mcas@doe.mass.edu.


http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/results.html


2014 Interpretive Materials

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Download PDF Document

Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guide for Score Reports (Spring 2014)

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ACCESS for ELLs Interpretive Guide for Score Reports (Spring 2014)

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Download Powerpoint Presentation
Download Powerpoint Presentation

Understanding the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Parent/Guardian Report

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Download MS WORD Document
Download MS WORD Document

Sample Letter to Accompany the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Parent/Guardian Report (English)