virginia ACCESS for ELLs
The Board of Education selected the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) test as the state-approved English language proficiency (ELP) assessment. The ACCESS for ELLs test was developed by World-Class Instructional Design and Assessments (WIDA) Consortium and the Center for Applied Linguistics.
WIDA Consortium Assessment Resources
The following staff may use these links to access information and guidance from the WIDA Consortium about WIDA assessments
- Examiners and proctors
- School Test Coordinators and Administrators (see also Additional Resources)
- ESL/Title III Coordinators (see also Additional Resources)
- Division Directors of Testing (see also Additional Resources & Ordering Materials)
ACCESS for ELLs
The Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (Access for ELLs) test assesses the WIDA English language proficiency (ELP) standards at the core of the WIDA Consortium's approach to instructing and evaluating the progress of English language learners. It is administered annually to LEP students in kindergarten through grade 12 to monitor their progress in acquiring academic English.
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) for students in grades 1 -12 who are classified as English language learners (ELLs) and have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs assessment. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB; 2001) requires that all students identified as ELLs be assessed annually for English language proficiency, including students who receive special education services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 2004) also mandates that students with disabilities participate in state-wide and district-wide assessment programs, including alternate assessments with appropriate accommodations, when it is documented in their Individualized Education Programs (IEP). For this reason, WIDA created the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs to meet federal accountability requirements and to provide educators with a measure sensitive to English language proficiency growth of ELLs with significant cognitive disabilities.
The WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) measures the English language proficiency of students who have recently arrived in the U.S. or in a particular school division. It may be used as a screening assessment to determine a student’s English language proficiency level and need for English language instructional services.
The WIDA Measure of Developing English Language (MODEL) for Kindergarten through Grade 12 assesses students' abilities in all four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Writing, and Reading). It evaluates Social and Instructional English as well as academic language corresponding to the subject areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. All test items are aligned to the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards. It may be used as a screening assessment to determine a student’s English language proficiency level and need for English language instructional services.
The WIDA Consortium encourages the participation of all English language learners in the ACCESS for ELLs testing program and provides guidance on accommodations for students with special needs.
Virginia Department of Education
Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting
WIDA Help Desk
The following staff may use the links below to access additional information and guidance from the WIDA Consortium about WIDA assessments
- School Test Coordinators and Administrators
- ESL/Title III Coordinators
- Division Directors of Testing
Test Administration Manuals (username and password protected)
To access this WIDA website, you must be an authorized user with a valid username and password. Authorized WIDA website users include WIDA administrators and teachers/administrators in a WIDA Consortium member state who have responsibilities that include identifying and assessing English language learners in public schools.
The following staff may use these links to access ordering information from the WIDA Consortium about WIDA assessments
- Division Directors of Testing
WIDA assessment materials are ordered through MetriTech