TABLE A-1 English Language Proficiency Tests Reviewed and the States That Use Them


States Using the Test During the 2009-2010 School Year


Alabama, Delaware, DC, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming






Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia

LAS Links*

Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland


New York


Arizona, Washington



Total Tests, 8

Total states, 40

NOTE: States in bold are those with high numbers of ELL students.

*Test is customized for each state so that it measures the state’s content standards.

Linguistics (CAL), the University of Wisconsin system, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Shortly after grant funding was awarded, seven other states joined the consortium (Alabama, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Field-testing was done in 2004, and by spring 2005, the test was operational in three states (Alabama, Maine, and Vermont). By spring 2006, 12 states were using the assessment. At this point, development efforts were transferred from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) (Bauman et al., 2007, pp. 81, 82). In the 2010-2011 testing cycle, ACCESS will be operational in 24 states. Development work on ACCESS is on-going, and approximately one-third of the test is refreshed every year.1

Content Standards

The ELP content standards for ACCESS were developed jointly by eight of the WIDA member states in 2003. According to Bauman and colleagues (2007), in developing the standards, the consortium wanted to ensure two essential elements: (1) a strong representation of the language of state academic standards across the


Information about ACCESS is available at [December 2010].

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