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ACCESS/Alt-ACCESS | Grades K-12 ACCESS | Grades 1-12 Alt-ACCESS | Summative

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.

State Policy for EL Identification and Proficiency Criteria Memorandum (March 16, 2023)

ACCESS for ELLs Fact Sheet

Student & Family Resources


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). 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

Please contact local school administrations for necessary accommodations and additional language options for interpreting student results information.

Page last updated October 2, 2023