Rhode Island requires that the English language proficiency (ELP) of all English language learners (ELLs) be measured annually with the ACCESS for ELLs.

Rhode Island is a member of the World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. WIDA is a consortium of twenty states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners. As a member of the WIDA Consortium, Rhode Island utilizes the ACCESS for ELLs to annually measure the English language proficiency (ELP) of ELLs across the state. The ACCESS for ELLs was developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics in collaboration with the WIDA Consortium. The ACCESS for ELLs is aligned to the WIDA Summative English Language Proficiency Standards and has been accepted by the United States Department of Education as a valid and reliable assessment of English proficiency.

Districts in Rhode Island utilize the W-APT (WIDA Access Placement Test) to screen the English language proficiency of newly enrolling students identified as potential ELLs. This screening tool is aligned to the WIDA Summative ELPS and the ACCESS for ELLs. It produces a proficiency score that helps schools provide ELL students with the most appropriate instruction for their English proficiency level.

View the standards and additional resources and guides.

Below are information and resources to help educators in the administration of the assessments and the interpretation of the results.

Testing of Monitored Former LEP (MFLEP) Students [PDF, 40KB]

Professional Development Segment: MP Avery presented a research brief and video on effective peer-assisted learning. For more information, visit the Regional Educational Laboratory at EDC's site.

2014-2015 ACCESS Administration Schedule

Testing Window: Jan. 5 - Feb. 20, 2015
ELL Census Updated and All Data Verified: Oct. 27 - Nov. 3, 2014
Test Ordering Nov. 17 - Dec. 6, 2014
Pre-ID Ordering Nov. 18 - Dec. 4, 2014
Districts Receives Test Materials Jan. 5, 2015
Order Additional Materials Deadline Feb. 2, 2015
Districts Ship Completed Material to MetriTech Feb. 23, 2015
Reports Shipped to Districts* Apr. 29 - May 4, 2015
Correction Window May 5 - May 22, 2015
Final Data Sent to State June 5, 2015
* Subject to change depending on when all test booklets are received by MetriTech.

Test Administration materials and resources

ACCESS Test Ordering and Administration

To access the pre-recorded online training series, please click the link below that applies to your device and browser capabilities: 

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