ACCESS for ELLs is administered, annually, to all English learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. ACCESS for ELLs meets the federal requirements that mandates states to evaluate EL students in grades K through 12 on their progress in learning to speak English.
ACCESS for ELLs is used to determine the English language proficiency levels and progress of ELs in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. ACCESS for ELLs serves five main purposes. These include:
determining the English language proficiency level of students;
providing districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESOL programs;
providing information that enhances instruction and learning in programs for English language learners;
assessing annual English language proficiency gains using a standards-based assessment instrument;
providing data for meeting federal and state requirements with respect to student assessment.
The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to show summative data regarding mastery of the state standards. Grade levels and subjects tested include:
|End-of-Grade (EOG)||End-of-Course (EOC)|
3rd Grade Reading and Math
- What is NWEA?
- What is the MAP Assessment?
- 2020 Normative Data
- Student Progress Report
- Frequently Asked Questions
The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is an educational services organization based in Portland, Oregon. The company developed research-based computerized adaptive assessments for students. The assessments are growth-based informative instructional tools for teachers and students alike. NWEA results provide the teachers and students with immediate results that can be utilized in the classroom to target student learning and focus on student needs.
The MAP or Measures of Academic Progress is a computerized adaptive test, which means every student receives a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student answers all the previous questions. If answered correctly the test items become more difficult, if answered incorrectly, the questions become less difficult or adapt to the level of the student.
Assessments will occur 3 times a year in Reading and Math (K-12). Students are assessed in Fall, Winter, and Spring. The results provide teachers and students with a measure of student growth in achievement and allow for more focused teaching and learning.
These are annotated reports that describe the results of a student’s MAP results. The documents display the student’s scores as compared to the district average and NWEA norm group average in both text and graphical format
The list of Frequently Asked Questions has been compiled to provide information about many facets of the NWEA MAP Assessment.
Q: What are MAP Assessments?
A: Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computer adaptive test, which means every student receives a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions get harder. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier.
Q: What do MAP assessments measure?
A: MAP results are provided as a numerical RIT score. This score is used to measure a student’s achievement level at different times of the school year and compute growth. Think of this like marking height on a growth chart. You can tell how tall your child is at various points in time and how much he or she has grown over the years.
Q: What do the scores mean?
A: MAP tests use a scaled score called a RIT score to measure student achievement and growth. The nationally normed interval scale was developed to assist with the interpretation of assessment scores that allow us to measure student learning over time, much like measuring height with a ruler.
Q: When will my child be assessed?
A: Assessments will occur 3 times a year in Reading and math (K-1) and 3 times a year in Reading, Math, and Language Arts (2-12). Students are assessed in Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Q: Do all students in the same grade take the exact same assessment?
A: No. MAP assessments are designed to target a student’s academic performance. These assessments are tailored to an individual student’s current achievement level. This gives each student an opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique assessment.
Q: How do teachers use the results?
A: MAP assessments are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills. They let teachers know where students’ strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teacher use this information to help them guide instruction and meet individual student’s needs in the classroom.
Q: What is the difference between the GA Milestones and MAP?
A: The Ga Milestones is designed to measure how well students acquire Georgia standards for their grade level. MAP assessments are aligned to the GA Milestones. However, they are designed to measure Growth for a student. MAP assessments are adaptable and each student takes a unique assessment. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.
Q: How do teachers use the results?
A: MAP assessments are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills. They let teachers know where students’ strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers us this information to help them personalize instruction in order to maximize every student’s academic growth.
Q: When will parents receive the MAP results?
A: Parent will receive the results three times a year at the end of each assessment period.
Q: What if a parent would like more information or has questions about their child’s results?
A: Contact your child’s teacher and/or go to www.nwea.org.