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Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Approach

The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs™ is used to satisfy state and federal requirements for the annual assessment of the English language proficiency (ELP) of English language learners (ELLs). The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is intended to complement states’ existing alternate assessment systems, whether they be evidence-collection based, performance-based, or involve a combination of both. It serves to provide rigorous, valid, and accessible ELP standards and assessments that support effective instruction.

In addition to offering teachers an efficient way to document progress for ELL students with significant disabilities, the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is designed to produce results that can meaningfully inform classroom instruction for ELL students with disabilities. Similarly, educators can use the results of the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs to develop IEP goals for ELL students with significant disabilities in the area of language development.