Shepard Science Wing


Assessment Name(s)
  • ACCESS for ELLs
  • Alternative-ACCESS
Vendor/Overseen by
  • WIDA Consortium (formerly World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment)
  • Data Recognition Corporation
  • Illinois State Board of Education
Testing Date(s) for 2023-2024 School Year
  • February 5, 2024 to March 1, 2024
Students Testing
  • 9th grade EL students*
  • 10th grade EL students*
  • 11th grade EL students*
  • 12th grade EL students*
  • *this includes all EL students who have declined EL services; some students qualify for the Alternative-ACCESS in place of ACCESS
Purpose and Description
  • Used as a standards-based assessment of English language proficiency for non-native speakers
  • Used to determine the intensity and form of EL services for students as well as program exit
  • Mandated by ISBE (used for accountability and evaluation of district/school)
  • Administered as a computer-based assessment of reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Alternative-ACCESS is a paper-pencil, one-on-one assessment for select SPED students 
Estimated Time
  • 3.5 - 4 hours
Interpreting Scores
  • Scores are returned as proficiency levels (1-6) as well as scale scores (100-600) for each domain (speaking, listening, reading, writing, oral language, literacy, comprehension, and overall). 
Proficiency Level Proficiency Type
6 Reaching
5 Bridging
4 Expanding
3 Developing
2 Emerging
1 Entering
  • There are extended descriptions of the levels for each domain--please see the WIDA ACCESS Scores page for detailed explanations including resources in Spanish
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