In 2015-16, Fair Lawn will begin
administration of the new, annual summative assessment, ACCESS for ELLs
2.0. This is an online assessment which will replace the current
paper-based version of ACCESS for ELLs for Grades 1-12.
ACCESS for ELLs, the new assessment will allow educators, students, and
families to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English in
the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and will be
aligned with the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards.
Purpose and Use of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
- Help students understand their current level of English language proficiency along the developmental continuum.
- Serve as one of multiple measures used to determine those students prepared to exit English language support programs.
teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance
instruction and learning in programs for their English language
- Provide districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs.
with ACCESS for ELLs, the tasks on the new summative assessment will
attempt to replicate the kinds of communicative situations (and the
language needed to be processed or produced within them) that might be
encountered in different school contexts. Each assessment item and
task will target at least one of the five WIDA ELD Standards:
- Social and Instructional Language
- Language of Language Arts
- Language of Mathematics
- Language of Science
- Language of Social Studies
for ELLs 2.0 will continue to assess each of the four language domains
of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing separately.