ALL ABOUT ESOL TESTING
Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State (ACCESS) for English Language Learners (ELLs) is administered, annually, to all English learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. ACCESS for ELLs meets the federal requirements that mandates require states to evaluate EL students in grades K through 12 on their progress in learning to speak English. Students take the ACCESS every year in the month of February. They will have to take this test every year until they meet the exit requirements set forth by the state.
ACCESS for ELLs serves six main purposes.
- Determining the English language proficiency levels and progress of students in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
- Providing districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESOL programs.
- Providing information that enhances instruction and learning in programs for English language learners.
- Assessing annual English language proficiency gains using a standards-based assessment instrument.
- Providing data for meeting federal and state requirements with respect to student assessment.
- Meets U.S. federal requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for monitoring and reporting ELLs’ progress toward English language proficiency
Student reports are shared with parents and classroom teachers at the beginning of each school year, so that together we can review the progress the student has made towards their goal of reaching proficiency in all 4 domains within the English language: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. It also helps with differentiation in the classroom(s), to ensure student(s) are strengthening skills they are weakest in.