ACCESS 2.0 for English Language Learners

Each school year, DPS assesses students’ English language ability using ACCESS 2.0 for English Language Learners (ELLs). All students in grades K-12 who have been identified as English learners are required to take ACCESS 2.0 as it meets the federal requirements for monitoring English learners and is aligned to the state of Colorado’s rigorous academic standards.

ACCESS 2.0 is intended to assess social and academic English language development in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Assessment scores will determine when an English learner is ready to be placed in mainstream English classes.

In the 2018-19 school year, ACCESS 2.0 will transition from paper to online administration for all DPS schools.
If your child is in kindergarten, he/she will take the test using paper and pencil.  Grades 1-3 will take the writing portion of the test on paper and pencil as well.  If your child is in grades 1-12, the assessment will be administered online.

Students in grades 1-12 who are classified as English language learners and have significant cognitive disabilities will participate in the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. For more information, visit

Administration Window: January 14 – February 15, 2019

ACCESS 2.0 is administered in January and February. Your child will only test on certain days based on grade and subject. Check with your child’s school for your specific testing schedule.


The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) hosts district and school level reports: ACCESS Summary Data

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Please reach out to your school or the Family and Community Helpline: 720-423-3054


A Parent’s Guide to Assessments: ACCESS 2.0 for English Language Learners
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Training Materials
Technology ResourcesWida Download Library
Please note: you must have a WIDA account to access some of the resources in the WIDA download library. Here you will find information about ACCESS as well as the WIDA standards, can do descriptors, and many other resources.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement

Assessment Purposes and District Policies
DPS Assessment Strategy
Assessment Window Calendar