Each state in the United States is required to assess all ELL students on a yearly basis. Only one assessment can be used, if more than one assessment is used to determine eligibility in a state, then that state will lose federal funding. I am an ELL teacher in Vermont and I am working on a master’s degree at Capella University. In Vermont we use the ACCESS test from WIDA.us on a yearly basis to determine if students are eligible for ELL services. I feel this assesses their language skills somewhat successfully, but is not always a good indicator of how successful they will be in a mainstream classroom. It has also been my experience that if students test out of services in first or second grade they usually have language issues that resurface in fourth or fifth grade. ELL numbers are small in this area, so all ELL students are in mainstream classrooms for most of the school day. I am interested to know what assessments other states use, if teachers feel that it gives an accurate picture of ELLS in their classes, and how teachers feel about standardized testing in general. Do you think that the government should mandate the exiting of students from ELL services based on the result of one standardized test? Or do you think that ELLs should also have to test proficient on the mainstream standardized test for your state before they are exited from services? Is there a better way to test the language abilities of ELLs? Thanks for sharing your thoughts!