October 15, 2012



Alternate ACCESS for ELLs® / ACCESS for ELLs® Ordering, Schedule, and Waiver Applications





Alternate ACCESS for ELLs®

An additional instrument is available for the state English language proficiency testing, for the 2012-2013 cycle.  The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs® has been created to measure the progress of English language learners with significant cognitive disabilities, for whom the standard ACCESS for ELLs® is not appropriate, even with accommodations. 

Important Notes:

Additional information is posted on the WIDA website, http://www.wida.us/assessment/alternateaccess.aspx.  Bear in mind that the selection criteria for Illinois differs somewhat from that defined by WIDA.  Illinois guidance regarding the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs® is posted online at http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/access-part-guid-2013.pdf .



ACCESS for ELLs® Ordering, Schedule, and Waiver Applications

The 2012-2013 ordering dates for the ACCESS for ELLs® assessment materials are October 22 to November 16, 2012.  Instructions for ordering will be emailed by MetriTech to ACCESS district contacts.  Please ensure that someone currently employed by your school district is on the contact list.  You can check or make changes by contacting MetriTech at 800-747-4868.

The complete schedule for the 2012-2013 ACCESS for ELLs® testing cycle is online here, http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/access-schedule-2013.pdf.

The application form for modified ACCESS testing dates is online here, http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/access-ordering-2013.pdf.  Applications are due by October 26,2012.

If you have questions, contact Barry Pedersen at 866-317-6034 or Boon Lee at 312-814-2220.