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Criteria for Tier Placement

Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State
for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs™)

Criteria for Tier Placement for the English Language Proficiency Test

ACCESS for ELLs™ uses Tiers (A, B, or C) to maximize accuracy and validity of the results for English language learners in grades 1 through 12. For placement into the appropriate Tier, English language learners must meet at least ONE of the criteria listed for the Tier

English Language Proficiency Levels

Level 1
Entering

Level 2
Emerging

Level 3
Developing

Level 4
Expanding

Level 5
Bridging

Level 6
Attained

ACCESS for ELLs™: TIER A

 

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ACCESS for ELLs™: TIER B

 

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ACCESS for ELLs™: TIER C

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TIER A is most appropriate for English language learners who:

  • have arrived in the U.S. or entered school in the U.S. this academic school year without previous instruction in English, ORcurrently receive literacy instruction ONLY in their native language, OR
  • have recently tested at the lowest level of English language proficiency.

 

 

TIER B is most appropriate for English language learners who:

  • have social language proficiency and some, but not extensive, academic language proficiency in English,OR
  • have acquired some literacy in English, though have not yet reached grade level literacy.

MOST ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS FALL INTO THIS TIER.

 

TIER C is most appropriate for English language learners who:

  • are approaching grade level in literacy and academic language proficiency in the core content areas in English, OR
  • will likely meet the state's exit criteria for support services by the end of the academic year.