• ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is an English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELLs is only available to Consortium member states. For more information, visit the official ACCESS website from WIDA or the Illinois State Board of Education website on assessment.