English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA): ACCESS for ELLs


English language development program (e.g., ESOL, ESL, etc.)

Grade levels

Active Multilingual Learners (MLs) in grades K-12, including MLs whose parents have refused ESOL services.

About the test

ACCESS for ELLs is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as Multilingual learners (MLs). It is administered annually to MLs to monitor and report their progress toward English language proficiency and to monitor their progress in learning academic English. The test assess the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

ACCESS for ELLs has three components:

  • Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs (paper)
  • ACCESS for ELLs (online/paper)
  • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs (paper)

Standards being assessed

Accommodation information

Questions and Answers

Assessment Results

Multilingual learners' performance on the 2017-18 English language proficiency assessment, ACCESS for ELLs, will be available shortly on MDreportcard.org