Posted: Monday, February 1, 2016

ACCESS for Identified English Language Learners Testing

Greenville County Schools will administer ACCESS  2.0 for identified English Language Learners (ELL). This English-language proficiency assessment is administered to kindergarten through 12th grade students between Tuesday, February 2 and Friday, March 18.

The test is given annually to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English.  An online assessment will replace the earlier paper-based assessment in most grades.  The kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessments will not change from previous years and remain paper-based. 

Help us help your child perform to the best of his or her ability.  For more information about testing or your child’s progress, please call your child’s school.

Testing Tips

Parents can be a great help to their child by following these suggestions. 

Students should:

  • Rest on the nights before these tests. 
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast on the morning of each test.
  • Be in school and on time, except in cases of illness.
  • Listen attentively to the teacher’s directions so he/she will know exactly what to do.
  • Read each test question and each response carefully before marking an answer choice.
  • Stay calm, if there are questions that seem difficult.
  • Mark his/her best answer.
  • Refrain from bringing any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.

Parents should:

  • Meet with your child’s teachers as often as necessary to discuss his/her progress. 
  • Check or review your child’s homework, projects, or other school work.
  • Ask teachers to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and to improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork.
  • Talk with your child about school.
  • Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.

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