ACCESS for ELL's Paper

  • Florida uses the ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments as a tool to measure English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in the English language; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically. The ACCESS for ELLs suite is a product of a collaborative effort by the multistate WIDA Consortium that is designed to provide:

    • Evidence of program accountability in accordance with Title I and III of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (formerly the No Child Left Behind Act), which calls for schools and districts to meet state accountability objectives for increasing the English-language proficiency of English Language Learners.
    • Data useful for charting student progress over time and, for the newly arrived students, charting progress over the first year.
    • Information about the language proficiency levels of individual students that can be used in making decisions regarding exit from the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.
    • Diagnostically useful information about students’ strengths and weaknesses in English (with as much specificity as possible within the limitations of a large-scale standardized test).
    For more information about ACCESS for ELL's 2.0, see the Florida Department of Education's ACCESS for ELL's 2.0 website.