ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 Assessment

  • As required by the State of Illinois, each winter all District 63 students identified as English language learners (ELLs) take the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) for ELLs® 2.0 assessment.

    This includes students who are enrolled in the District's ELL or Dual Language Programs -- and identified students whose parents have declined language support services.

    ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 assesses student proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to measure:

    • progress in English language learning, and
    • current social/academic English proficiency.

    All ELL students must be tested until they achieve the state prescribed minimum score to be considered English proficient. 

    Testing in 2018 
    In 2018, the testing window is Wednesday, January 17 - Tuesday, February 20 -- although the test only takes any given student a few days within that window to complete. Here are the details:
    • Students in kindergarten will take all four assessments -- listening, reading, speaking, and writing -- individually using paper/pencil. The entire assessment will take 30-45 minutes to complete.

    • Students in grades 1-3 will take the listening, reading, and speaking assessments on the computer. Writing will be administered as a paper/pencil test.

    • Students in grades 4-8 will take all four assessments on the computer. 

    Help your child do his/her best! Make sure your child attends school daily during the testing period, and remind your child to ask the teacher questions if  he/she doesn't understand the test directions.

    Parents will receive their child's ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 test results in August 2017. Questions? Contact your child's teacher or Erin Sterling, Director of ELL/Bilingual Services, at 847.299.1900 x 8406.