ACCESS Testing Overview



    The Illinois Learning Standards, which are common core based, apply to ELLs, too. The ELL state mandated standardized test, called ACCESS, has been rewritten to include more challenging, common core tasks. School Year 2020-2021 will be the 7th operational year for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment . It will be administered primarily via computer with built-in accommodations and accessibility features appropriate for a range of student needs.

    • For 2020-21, the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 testing window will be from March 15, 2021 - May 25, 2021.
    • The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test will be self-paced as with the current test. The target administration times for each section of the test are:  
        • Listening: Up to 40 minutes
          Reading: Up to 35 minutes
          Speaking: Up to 30 minute
          Writing Tier A: Up to 45 minute
          Writing Tiers B/C: Up to 60 minutes


    According to the WIDA website, "In addition to standardizing the test-taking experience for all students, it is expected that the multimedia and improved dynamism of a computer-delivered assessment will more readily engage students. By moving to computer delivery, ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 will benefit from the wide range of possibilities afforded by technology: from item presentation and capturing responses, to accessibility and scoring efficiency." 

     ACCESS 2.0

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    For more information, refer to the additional resources on this page.


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