Federal law requires that all students identified as English Learners in K-12 public schools, including those with the most significant cognitive disabilities, take the State’s annual English language proficiency assessment to monitor their progress in acquiring academic English.
As such, Vermont participates in the WIDA consortium of states working together to meet the requirements for standards and assessments outlined in the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The WIDA ACCESS (online and paper tests), ACCESS for Kindergarten, and Alternate-ACCESS assessments are aligned with WIDA English Language Development Standards and measure proficiency in each of the four domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
For important information about training resources, roles, requirements, and key dates for English Language Proficiency assessments for Multilingual English Learners in Vermont, use the following links:
- WIDA’s ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
- Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
- Vermont's State-Specific Guidance for ELP Assessments
- Annual Technical Report for ACCESS for ELLs Online ELP Test, Series 502, 2020-21 (Redacted)
- Annual Technical Report for ACCESS for ELLs Paper ELP Test, Series 502, 2020-21 (Redacted)
- Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Annual Technical Report, Series 502, 2020-21 (Redacted)
- FAQ: English Learner Performance Measures Within the Vermont State Plan