Federal and state laws require that students identified as English Learners (ELs) be assessed annually to determine their level of English language proficiency (ELP) and ensure that they are progressing in achieving full English proficiency. This includes students who receive special education services.
ACCESS for ELLs® is designed to measure English language proficiency. It is a largescale assessment that is based on the WIDA Consortium’s ELD Standards that form the core of Wisconsin’s approach to instructing and testing ELs.
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is designed to fill the same role as the regular ACCESS for ELLs for students in grades 1-12. This paper/pencil assessment is accessible for eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities.
More information is available on the Department of Public Instruction Assessment website.