• ACCESS for English Learners – Is required for all English Language Learner students in Grades K thru 12

    Purpose & Use

    This test is given to all English Learners to evaluate English proficiency

    Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires states to administer an assessment designed to measure students' progress in "...attaining proficiency, including a child's level of comprehension, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English". The ACCESS for ELLs meets these requirements. ACCESS consists of four tests designed to measure academic and social language proficiency in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. From the listening and reading tests, a comprehension score is calculated.


    Administration Dates

    Appropriate students will be tested during the assessment window of is usually in March.


    Results to Parents & Students

    The overall ACCESS proficiency level (1-6) for each student is based upon a composite score that is derived from all four tests: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students who score composite 5 on the ACCESS must be exited from services and coded as a 1 (Transition 1) in EIS for the first year in transition.

    Individual Performance Reports are received by the State in mid-July and are provided to students at the beginning of the next school year.


    ESL Hiring Plan:

    Plan for Hiring Teachers working with English Learners

    All teachers of any language instruction program for English Learners (ELs) need to be fluent and competent in the four domains of language assessed by the English Language Proficiency Assessment: reading, writing, speaking and listening. If personnel has been previously hired without these skills, the district will offer help to build the needed fluency.


    A teacher’s fluency in listening and speaking will be documented and evaluated during the interview process. One person in the interview will be responsible for noting listening mistakes, miscues, grammar and syntax mistakes, and judge the level of fluency for
    both speech and listening.


    Reading will be evaluated through the reading and responses that show understanding of the application process. Reading may be satisfied through the college transcript if from an English speaking university. Our district may also use a shelf reading comprehension assessment.

    Sequatchie County School’s application requires a writing sample. Also, during the teacher interview, a 15 to 20 minutes writing sample may be requested with no outside editing.

    The exact requirement from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is
    TEACHER ENGLISH FLUENCY – Each eligible entity receiving a subgrant under section 3114 shall
    include in its plan a certification that all teacher in any language instruction educational
    program for limited English proficient child that is, or will be, funded under this are fluent in
    English and any other language used for instruction, including having written and oral
    communications skills.” [3116 (c)]

    The district may also have an assessment designed or contract with an outside agency for this
    screening. The district needs to decide if this is to be used only with English as a Second
    Language (ESL) teachers or with all hires.