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English Language Proficiency Assessment
Heather Villalobos Pavia
2021 ACCESS for ELLs assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic Considerations for ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration in 2021 Including Special Considerations for Assessing Remote Learners
ACCESS for ELLs communication toolkit is available. The toolkit provides English and Spanish fact sheets and a sample letter to parents and guardians for use by district or school leaders.
The testing window for the 2020-2021 school year will be January 11, 2021 - March 12, 2021.
English Language Proficiency Assessments
Colorado uses WIDA English language proficiency assessments.
Annual Measure of Proficiency
All English Learners (NEP and LEP), including students with disabilities, must participate in the state English language proficiency assessment system. The educational team (IEP, 504, or EL), which must include the parents, determines whether the student will take ACCESS for ELLs with or without accommodations or, for a student with the most significant cognitive disability, meets the participation requirements for the alternate assessment. According to federal requirements, there must be evidence of alignment between a student’s educational plan, instruction, and the accommodations provided on any of the state assessments, as well as any determinations for students to participate in Alternate ACCESS. Three participation options exist:
- The student participates in ACCESS for ELLs without an accommodation.
- The student participates in ACCESS for ELLs with an accommodation*.
- The student participates in Alternate ACCESS for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
Note: It is not appropriate or ethical to give Alternate ACCESS to students who do not qualify to take the assessment.
*Accommodations are practices and procedures that provide equitable access during instruction and assessment for students who have a documented need, including students with a disability and English learners. In order to use accommodations on state testing, accommodations must be determined by the student’s educational team documented in the student’s IEP, 504, or EL plan.
- Kindergarten (paper-based)
- ACCESS grades 1-12 (computer-based and paper-based)
- Alternate ACCESS grades 1-12, for students with IEPs written to the Extended Evidence Outcomes (paper-based)
Contact the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education with questions related to the placement of students
- WIDA Screener and K W-APT™ are used to assist in the identification of students that qualify for English Language Development (ELD) programming.
- Per federal guidelines, students new to the district with a primary or home language other than English must be screened and placed within 30 days from the beginning of the school year. Throughout the remainder of the school year, this screening and placement determination must happen within two weeks of the student's enrollment.
- The determination of ELD program placement is determined at the district level.