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Assessments and Accountability

English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

Multilingual Learners are assessed each year with an assessment called WIDA ACCESS. 

Tennessee uses the WIDA Screener in grades K-12 to identify Multilingual Learners who qualify for English language support services. ACCESS for ELLs is given to students during the annual testing window, which typically lasts from late February through early April.

The results from ACCESS 2.0 are used in accountability measures and to provide districts with information to determine ML placement in courses; student results on ACCESS 2.0 guide decisions regarding student participation in content area classrooms, as well as their need for English as a Second Language (ESL) services. Results from this assessment also provide districts and schools with valuable information to evaluate the effectiveness of their programming and support for ELs.