Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What will happen if I refuse to allow my child to take the ACCESS test

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 1/6/2021

    Answer: If your EL student does not take the assessment, MCPS will not be able to measure his/her language proficiency over the last year.  Your child will not be able to exit the EL program until he/she takes ACCESS test at the end of the next school year (2021-2022).  Your child’s promotion to the next grade level or high school graduation is not dependent on the ACCES, Alternate ACCESS, or ELP Checklist.   

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  • What is an ELP Checklist?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 1/6/2021

    Answer: It is an English language proficiency assessment for ELs in grades K-12 with hearing and/or visual impairments that prevent participation in ACCESS.

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  • What is Alternate ACCESS for ELLs?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 1/6/2021

    Answer: It is a version of the ACCESS assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

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  • What is ACCESS for ELLs?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 1/6/2021

    Answer: It is a state and federally mandated English language proficiency assessment given to English Learner (EL) students in Kindergarten through grade 12. This assessment helps MCPS monitor the progress of ELs' English language development from one year to the next.

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