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ACCESS Testing

ACCESS testing stands for "Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners." It's a test that's given to students from kindergarten to grade 12, to assess their progress in learning English. ACCESS testing:
  • Is available to WIDA Consortium member states as a primary benefit of membership
  • Is administered to Kindergarten through Grade 12 students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs)
  • Is given annually to monitor students' progress in learning academic English
  • Meets U.S. federal requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for monitoring and reporting ELs’ progress toward English language proficiency. 
  • Is anchored in the WIDA English Language Development Standards
  • Assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
Parent Guides:
1. What is ACCESS for ELLs? (English, Arabic, Polish, Spanish)
2. Understanding Your Child's Scores (English, Arabic, Polish, Spanish)
Parent Sessions:
North Palos SD 117 has a 14.6% student Exit Rate, which is above state average. Please reference the Illinois Report Card here.