Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/30/2019 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 1. Update with Possible Action on ACCESS for ELLs® 2018-19 Results
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.38 - Balanced Assessment Systems
Attachments: ACCESS for ELLs 2018-19
File Attachment:
ACCESS for ELLs 2018-19.pdf
Background: Federal and state laws require that students identified as English Learners (ELs) be assessed to determine their progress to become English Language Proficient. ACCESS for ELLs® is the assessment used annually to measure this growth. All ELs, including those who receive special education services are required to participate. ELs recognized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 2004) as having a significant cognitive disability and who are expected to participate in the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment are eligible to take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs in place of the ACCESS for ELLs®. Growth in English language proficiency is now a metric in the determination of federal identification of schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

In addition to meeting statutory accountability, the results are used for planning and instructional purposes. ACCESS for ELLs® serves as the single most psychometrically valid and reliable measure of a student’s English Language Proficiency.

This presentation will review the student results from the 2018-19 administration of the assessment. Reclassification methods will be discussed. Additionally, metrics to help the district monitor English language proficiency growth will be reviewed.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer