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ACCESS/Alternative ACCESS

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The ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) is New Mexico’s assessment of academic English language proficiency. It is administered to current English Learners in grades K-12. The Alternate ACCESS assessment is administered to English Language Learners (ELLs) with significant cognitive disabilities whose special education IEPs designate it as the appropriate English language proficiency assessment. Alt-ACCESS measures overall proficiency in the development of academic English language.
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Purpose and Use

Educators use ACCESS results, along with other WIDA resources, to make decisions about students’ English academic language and to facilitate their language development.

Students’ scores reflect proficiency levels ranging from Level 1 (Entering) to Level 6 (Reaching).

WIDA offers many resources to aid in educators’ placement decisions and instructional planning, including:


Test scores can be used:

  • For accountability purposes
  • As benchmarks against which educators can measure future performance
  • As a measure to make reclassification decisions about whether a student can exit English language support services
  • To support decisions about placing students into appropriate classes or groups for instruction, instructional planning
  • To show the progress students have made

Resources for Educators

Page last updated April 6, 2021