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Access for ELLs Information



This school year, students will be taking the ACCESS for ELLs from January 6, 2020, through February 21, 2020.

Make-Ups will be given throughout this period up to, and including February 21, 2020.

The ACCESS for ELLs is administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). The test is given annually to monitor students’ progress in learning academic English. It is anchored in the WIDA English Language Development Standards and meets US federal requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for monitoring and reporting ELLs’ progress toward English language proficiency. This test assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Below is information for parents or guardians about the ACCESS for ELLs, as well as, information about the rigor of the tests. For further information about these exams, please visit the website at

Northampton Area School District is pleased to provide students and parents with resources that may help them reach a rating of Proficient or Advanced on the ACCESS for ELLs. The links below provide resources for parents, students, and much more. Please contact Dr. Kathleen E. Ott, 610-262-7811 x20030, in the NASD Curriculum office with any questions you may have about these materials.

Students excused from the examination are still required to attend schools on the testing days.

Northampton Area School District Procedure –


All students are allowed extended time, if requested, for taking the ACCESS for ELLs.

Northampton Area School District Procedure –


In the event that there is an unscheduled break or emergency that occurs during the testing sessions, please follow the procedures outlined below:

1. Immediately have students place their answer booklets inside of their test booklets (at the page in which the interruption occurs). In the event of online testing, the students should simply leave their computers and exit the room.

2. Immediately have students line-up at the door – DO NOT collect the test booklets from the students (or place them in the bin).

3. Leave the classroom and LOCK YOUR CLASSROOM DOOR.

4. Upon return to the classroom, and once students are settled into their seats, have students begin the tests WHERE THEY LEFT OFF.

5. Account for the amount of time you were out of the room, and allow that amount of time added to the end of the testing session.

Northampton Area School District Procedure –


In the event a student needs to use the restroom during the assessment, the student’s test materials will be secured at the test location/classroom in the student’s absence by the Test Administrator (TA) in the test location/classroom.

Northampton Area School District Procedure –


The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Northampton Area School District strictly prohibit the possession and use of all cell phones, smartphones, and all other electronic devices including Smart Watches, in all test locations. Other electronic devices may include E-readers, Nooks, Kindles, iPads, iPods, tablets, and camera-ready devices. To reiterate, no electronic devices are permitted at any ACCESS for ELLs test site. During the administration of the ACCESS for ELLs, all electronic devices will be collected prior to the start of the test period. Northampton Area School District will follow all PDE test security mandates. Any possession or use of electronic devices will result in the confiscation of the device, a “Do Not Score” status on the test, and district disciplinary consequences. Confiscated electronic devices will be held by the administration and in the presence of the parent or guardian, the cell phone or other electronic device will be viewed to ensure that no information or material from the assessment has been compromised. In the event any items on the assessments have been compromised and can no longer be used on the statewide assessments, the test questions will need to be replaced. Offending students and/or parents may be responsible for all costs related to the replacement sections of the examinations.


Access for ELLS Security Letter