English learners (ELs) are assessed each year with an assessment called ACCESS 2.0. (Note: Tennessee has partnered with a non-profit organization called WIDA since 2014-15 in order to measure the English proficiency levels of EL students. ACCESS 2.0 is a WIDA-developed assessment.)
Tennessee uses Kindergarten or WIDA Screener (Grades 1-12) to identify English language learners (ELLs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELLs 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 EL 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.