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ACCESS for ELLS®



Who can administer ACCESS for ELLs® and ACCESS W-APT™ Screener?

ACCESS for ELLs® - the secure state approved annual assessment for English language proficiency, and the W-APT™ Screener, the state approved initial screener for English language proficiency, are to be administered by certificated instructional personnel (teachers including bilingual teachers and ESL teachers) and certificated non-instructional personnel (coordinators, program directors, school psychologists, speech and language therapists, assistant principals, principals, assistant superintendents and superintendents) who have completed ACCESS for ELLs® training, passed the on-line quizzes and meet certification requirements to administer ACCESS for ELLs® and the W-APT™ Screener. Additional flexibility may be granted to school districts whose unusual circumstances warrant the need to secure additional staff to support their efforts to assess English language learners. In such cases they may contract certificated personnel who have been trained and certified to administer ACCESS for ELLs® and W-APT™ Screener.

Can substitute teachers administer ACCESS for ELLs® and the W-APT™ Screener?

Type 39 substitute teachers cannot administer either the ACCESS for ELLs® or the W-APT™ Screener.

However, individuals that meet ALL of the criteria listed below may administer ACCESS for ELLs® and the W-APT™ Screener.

  1. The individual has been hired by the district on a long-term substitute basis to fill in for a teacher who is out on extended leave due to illness, maternity leave, or any such leave officially approved by the employing district, and
  2. The individual's assigned duties must include all duties customarily performed by the regular teacher such as lesson planning, other state mandated test administration and report card generation, and
  3. The individual must hold a full certificate for the grade level, meet state assignment requirements and comply with the NCLB highly qualified requirements, and
  4. The individual must receive ACCESS for ELLs® training, complete and pass the on-line quizzes and meet certification requirements to administer ACCESS for ELLs® and the W-APT™ Screener.

Who cannot administer ACCESS for ELLs® and the W-APT™ Screener?

Certificated individuals who have not been trained and certified to administer ACCESS for ELLs® and the W-APT™ Screener cannot administer these assessments.

Type 39 substitute teachers cannot administer ACCESS for ELLs® and the W-APT™ Screener.

Paraprofessionals are not allowed to administer ACCESS for ELLs® and the W-APT™ Screener even if they hold a teaching certificate or previously held a valid one.