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September 27, 2010

Update to ACCESS Testing Announcement

(Please, note the revised Pre-ID data deadline in bold font.)

ACCESS Testing for 2010-11

All students with limited English proficiency (LEP), in Illinois public schools, in grades K-12 are required to participate in the annual administration of the ACCESS for ELLsTM. The assessment is scheduled to be given from January 10, 2011 through February 11, 2011.

Ordering ACCESS materials begins October 18, 2010 and ends November 12, 2010. Please ensure that MetriTech (the ACCESS materials vendor, 800-747-4868) has current contact information for your districtís ACCESS Coordinator.  MetriTech will contact ACCESS Coordinators via email, with ordering instructions, shortly before ordering begins. Feel free to contact MetriTech (800-747-4868) with any questions about ordering. 

Pre-ID labels for ACCESS will be created from student record data in ISBEís Student Information System (SIS) as of 4pm on December 5, 2010. Please, ensure that SIS records for your limited English proficient students are current by December 4, 2010.

The schedule of 2010-11 ACCESS dates is at the following address: http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/2011/access_test_dates.pdf.

The application form for modified ACCESS administration dates is posted on the web at the following address: http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/2011/access_mod_test_dates_app.pdf  and is due by Oct 29, 2010).

WiDA, who publishes ACCESS, announced a few changes for 2010-11.  Those changes are located on the WIDA website at the following address: http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/2011/access_wida_changes.pdf.

Questions regarding the ACCESS administration should be directed to either:

Barry Pedersen, 217-782-4823, bpederse@isbe.net or
Boon Lee, 312-814-3850, blee@isbe.net.

Illinois State Board of Education
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