ACCESS 2.0 for English Language Learners

ACCESS 2.0 is an annual summative assessment that assesses social and academic English language development in the areas of Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. It is a state required assessment that meets the federal requirements for monitoring English Learners. All students in grades K-12 who have been identified as English learners are required to take the assessment.

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.

ACCESS Moving Online for 2018-19: Both the WIDA screener and ACCESS test will move to an online format for the 2018-19 school year. Check out our ACCESS Online Transition Guide for more information.

The WIDA screener will replace the W-APT assessment in July and August for all grades except kindergarten and will help educators identify and support newly-enrolled English language learners. The ACCESS test will move online in January.

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Administration Window 2018-19

January 14 – February 15th, 2019


ACCESS for ELLs is given in January and is designed to assess the level at which Colorado English Language Learners meet the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards in four domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing). ACCESS for ELLs replaced the CELA (Colorado English Language Assessment) in 2012-2013.

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

About the ACCESS Trajectory

Training Materials

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.


Score Guides

General Assessment Resources


Please reach out to your school or the Family and Community helpline: 720.423.3054