Annual Language Proficiency AssessmentACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is the English language proficiency assessment administered to all active ELs in K – 12 whether they receive ESL services or their parents have declined services. It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states (Delaware is a charter member) to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. Most of the Caesar Rodney ELs take the assessment online, but there are other ACCESS versions including:
- ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper, a paper-based assessment for Grades 1 – 12
- Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, a paper-based assessment
- Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, a paper-based assessment for Grades 1 – 12 for ELs with significant cognitive disabilities
The data gathered from the ACCESS assessment is used in a variety of ways:
- It helps families understand their students’ English language proficiency levels (PLs) in each grade level and in the four language domains (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing)
- It serves as one of the multiple measures used to determine whether students are prepared to exit our ESL program. We review the students’ overall performance (composite score), their performance on two domains (reading and writing) as well as classroom grades in ELA, math, science and/ or social studies.
- It generates information that assists in determining whether ELs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without receiving ESL program support.
- It provides teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance instruction as WIDA provides domain-specific “Can Do Descriptors” that highlight how teachers can differentiate their planning, instruction and assessment to meet the needs of their ELs.
- It provides us with information that will enable us to evaluate the effectiveness of our ESL programs.
- It meets the federal requirements for the monitoring and reporting of EL progress toward English language proficiency.
The results of all assessments are sent home to parents in English and their native language (if needed).For more information about the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Assessments, please click HERE.