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English Language Learner Assessments

Several assessments are used with English language learners to monitor learning, set goals, and provide appropriate instruction.



The ACCESS for ELLs—(Assessing Comprehension & Communication in English State-to-State) for English Language Learners is an English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies the four language domains (listening, speaking, reading, writing). The test has four parts and takes about three hours.

All students who are classified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) take the ACCESS test once per year.  During the 2013-2014 school year, students will take the ACCESS between January 13 and February 14.



W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency “screener” test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELLs.

Students who are new to the district and whose families speak languages other than English in the home, take the W-APT to see if they would benefit from ELL services.



ELL students take MAP reading tests to measure reading improvement and to provide teachers with instructional information for each student.  The MAP is a computer-based, multiple-choice, online test.  The test adjusts as the student takes it, providing more or less difficult questions based on a student’s responses.  Students may take the MAP test up to three times a year.


If you have questions regarding any assessments for English language learners, please contact Craig Kersemeier at 847-755-1618.


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