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September 24, 2010

ACCESS Testing for 2010-11

All students with limited English proficiency (LEP), in Illinois public schools, in grades K-12 are required to participate in the annual administration of the ACCESS for ELLsTM. The assessment is scheduled to be given from January 10, 2011 through February 11, 2011.

Ordering ACCESS materials begins October 18, 2010 and ends November 12, 2010. Please ensure that MetriTech (the ACCESS materials vendor, 800-747-4868) has current contact information for your districtís ACCESS Coordinator. MetriTech will contact ACCESS Coordinators via email, with ordering instructions, shortly before ordering begins. Feel free to contact MetriTech (800-747-4868) with question about ordering.

Pre-ID labels for ACCESS will be created from student record data in ISBEís Student Information System (SIS) as of 4pm on October 5, 2010. Please, ensure that SIS records for your students with LEP are current before that time.

The schedule of 2010-11 ACCESS dates is at this web address, http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/2011/access_test_dates.pdf.

The application form for modified ACCESS administration dates is here, http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/2011/access_mod_test_dates_app.pdf (due by Oct 29, 2010).

WiDA, who publishes ACCESS, announced a few changes for 2010-11. They can be found here, http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/2011/access_wida_changes.pdf.

Questions regarding the ACCESS administration should be directed to either:

Barry Pedersen, 217-782-4823, bpederse@isbe.net or
Boon Lee, 312-814-3850, blee@isbe.net.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777