Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

  • The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an option for the administration of the ACCESS for ELLs test to students in grades 1–12 who are classified as English Learners (ELs) and have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs test. The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is designed for only a small population of ELs who meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • The student has a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) that shows that the student meets the eligibility criteria for the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessment.

    • The student must have a significant cognitive disability:

    • The student’s disability significantly impacts cognitive functioning and adaptive behaviors, defined as those skills which are essential for someone to live and function independently.
    • The student requires extensive and repeated individualized instruction and support to make meaningful gains.
    • The student uses substantially adapted materials and individualized methods of accessing information in alternative ways.

    • The student must be instructed using the North Carolina Extended Content Standards (i.e., reading and mathematics) and the North Carolina Extended Essential Standards (i.e., science).

    • The student’s ACCESS for ELLs scores from the prior school year yielded NA across any or all domains or yielded a composite score of less than 2.0. (If the composite score is 2.0 or above, the student does not qualify for the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs and must           continue to take the regular ACCESS for ELLs.)

    • If the student does not have ACCESS for ELLs scores from the prior school year, the student’s WIDA Screener results must have a proficiency level of 1 in all applicable domains.

    For additional information, please contact Ms. Shanielle Williams, LEP Teacher via email at