ACCESS English proficiency test
All EL students take the ACCESS English proficiency test each school year. This test measures students' proficiency in academic English, the kind of language used in a textbook or during a classroom discussion. There are four sections on the test- reading, writing, listening, and speaking. ACCESS testing takes place in January and February.
EL program staff use ACCESS test scores, grades, teacher recommendations, and other considerations to determine the appropriate level of support for each EL student. Scores are also used to track students' progress towards academic English proficiency and to determine when a student is ready to exit the EL program. A student who earns an overall score of at least 5.0 exits the EL program and his/her academic progress is monitored for two school years.
The test is computer-based and accommodations are available for students with IEPs.
ACCESS test resources