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ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) is the English language proficiency assessment that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has selected to meet the requirement of No Child Left Behind to annually assess Missouri's students who are eligible for ELL (English Language Learner) services. ACCESS stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners. ACCESS assesses the academic English language proficiency of students in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Results also are calculated to determine if the district has met the AMAOs (Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives).

Who takes ACCESS for ELLs?

Students that meet the following qualifications are required to take the ACCESS assessment:

  • Those K-12 students that are eligible for ELL services AND enrolled in a Missouri public school or charter school.
  • Students who are in monitored status do not take the assessment.

How are eligible ELLs identified?

A Home Language Survey (a Title VI No Child Left Behind reporting requirement) is given to all students at the time of enrollment. It asks two questions:

  • Is the student's native tongue a language other than English?
  • Is a language other than English spoken in the student's home or environment?

If either of the answers to these questions is "yes," then the student is eligible to be screened for English proficiency using the WIDA W-APT screening assessment. Based on this test, as well as other locally-determined criteria which should include expert opinion, a district will:

  • Enter the student into ELL services offered within the district.
  • Not enter the student and place them in mainstream education.

Who do I call if I have questions?

WIDA Help Desk offers assistance with:

  • The ACCESS for ELLs® Test Administrator training course including new accounts and password inquiries
  • Administering the W-APT™, or ACCESS for ELLs® assessments
  • General questions about WIDA, including the English Language Proficiency Standards or assessment

Important Dates

Dates Event
June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014 Reports Are Shipped To Districts
*Updated 2/19 to reflect weather extension
January 12, 2015 to March 6, 2015 ELL Assessment Window