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Title: ELL ASSESSMENT FALL UPDATE


1

  • ELL ASSESSMENT FALL UPDATE
  • (DRAFT)
  • September 15, 2011
  • Event 10470
  • Student Assessment Division
  • Texas Education Agency

2
Disclaimer
  • These slides have been prepared by the Student
    Assessment Division of the Texas Education
    Agency.
  • If any slide is amended or revised for local use,
    please remove the TEA footer at the bottom of the
    slide.

3
Topics
  • ELL participation in STAARTM
  • Linguistic accommodations for ELLs
  • TELPAS updates
  • Key steps to take this fall

4
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
(STAARTM)
5
Formulating ELL Assessment Policies for STAAR
  • Philosophy and Guiding Principles
  • Uphold high expectations for learning academic
    content and English
  • Acknowledge gradually diminishing need ELLs have
    for linguistic support as they learn English
  • Maintain test constructs (skills the tests are
    designed to assess)
  • Streamline Texas Assessment Program policies and
    procedures as much as possible

6
Formulating ELL Assessment Policies for STAAR
  • General Approach
  • Allow some degree of linguistic accommodation for
    all subjects and grades
  • Develop policies around diminishing needs over
    time
  • More substantial degree of accommodation for more
    recent English learners
  • More limited degree for less recent English
    learners
  • Base decisions on students
  • years in U.S. schools
  • level of English language proficiency

7
Formulating ELL Assessment Policies for STAAR
  • General Approach
  • Include ELLs in testing and develop
    accountability progress measures that
  • consider second language acquisition
    developmental needs of ELLs
  • uphold high expectations for learning
  • provide information to guide instruction

8
Formulating ELL Assessment Policies for STAAR
  • Steps Taken
  • Evaluated TAKS policies
  • Statewide educator survey
  • Internal TEA review
  • Examined current literature and research
  • Reviewed policies of other states
  • Consulted with national experts and educator
    focus groups

9
Formulating ELL Assessment Policies for STAAR
  • Major Factors Considered in Determining Allowable
    Linguistic Accommodations
  • ELL responsiveness
  • Logistical challenges for school districts
  • Test security
  • Equity
  • Test standardization

10
ELL Assessment Policies for STAAR
  • Proposed commissioner rules to be published soon
    in Texas Register for public comment
  • Adoption expected by late fall
  • STAAR ELL participation policies in this
    PowerPoint are not considered final until
    proposed rules are adopted
  • Note No changes to TAKS grade 10 and TAKS exit
    level requirements for ELLs

11
STAAR Assessments
  • STAAR in English
  • STAAR in Spanish
  • STAAR L in English
  • STAAR Modified
  • STAAR Alternate

12
ELL Participation in Spanish STAAR
  • Available for students in grades 35
  • To be administered if LPAC determines assessment
    in Spanish provides most appropriate measure of
    students academic progress

13
ELL Participation in STAAR L
  • Maximum years in U.S. schools to take STAAR L
  • 3 unless unschooled asylee/refugee, then 5
  • TELPAS proficiency level threshold
  • Student not eligible for STAAR L once advanced
    high rating attained on TELPAS reading test

14
STAAR L Tests
  • Linguistically accommodated versions of STAAR 38
    and EOC
  • STAAR L is for math, science, and social studies
    (EOC included)
  • No STAAR L for reading and writing
  • STAAR L tests are STAAR tests
  • Built with STAAR items to STAAR test
    specifications
  • Same achievement standards as regular STAAR

15
STAAR L
  • Remember, STAAR L is for
  • grades 38 and EOC
  • math, science, and social studies only

16
STAAR L
  • 2012 all paper-based administrations
  • Some linguistic accommodations to be provided by
    test administrator
  • 2013 and beyond online testing program
  • Built-in English clarification accommodation
  • Built-in read-aloud accommodation

17
What linguistic accommodations are allowable on
STAAR L?
  • Provided by test administrator in 2012 by
    online testing interface in future

18
What linguistic accommodations are allowable on
regular STAAR?
19
Will there be a STAAR L version of Spanish STAAR?
  • No, just as native English speakers who take
    STAAR in English are not provided additional
    linguistic accommodations, native Spanish
    speakers who take STAAR in Spanish will not be
    provided additional linguistic accommodations.
  • Linguistic accommodations are designed for
    students learning a new language. Linguistic
    accommodations make the meaning of words in the
    new language more comprehensible.

19
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Will there be Spanish or STAAR L versions of
STAAR Modified?
  • No, but linguistic accommodations allowable on
    STAAR L, plus a few others, will be available for
    ELLs taking STAAR Modified.
  • Unique to STAAR Modified

20
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STAAR Modified for ELLs
  • ARD committees are required to work in
    conjunction with LPACs to determine and document
    test participation decisions and appropriate
    linguistic (and other) accommodations.
  • For STAAR Modified participation requirements, go
    to http//www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/
    special-ed/staarm/

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What about ELL policies for STAAR Alternate?
  • Observational, classroom-based nature of STAAR
    Alternate allows for use of other languages or
    communication methods, as needed, for qualifying
    ELLs receiving special education services.
  • ARD committees are required to work in
    conjunction with LPACs to determine and document
    appropriate assessment decisions.
  • For STAAR Alternate participation requirements,
    go to http//www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessme
    nt/special-ed/staaralt/

22
23
Proposed English I and II Commissioner Rules for
ELLs
  • Special provisions acknowledge unique second
    language acquisition circumstances of recent
    immigrant ELLs with respect to English I and II
    EOC tests.
  • In these courses, these particular ELLs may
    require substantial instructional scaffolding and
    linguistic adaptation not feasible on
    standardized language arts tests.

24
Proposed English I and II Commissioner Rules for
ELLs, Cont.
  • Special provisions apply to ELLs who have
  • been enrolled in U.S. schools 3 years or less (5
    school years or less if qualifying unschooled
    asylee/refugee)
  • not yet attained TELPAS advanced high reading
    rating

25
Proposed English I and II Commissioner Rules for
ELLs, Cont.
  • Special Provisions
  • When enrolled in English I or II course,
    qualifying ELLs shall not be required to
  • include assessment score in cumulative score for
    graduation
  • retake assessment each time it is administered if
    student passes course but does not achieve
    minimum score or
  • have score count for 15 of students final grade
  • These students are not exempt from taking the
    test while in the course. These provisions do not
    apply to English III.

26
TAKS to STAAR Key STAAR ELL Policies to Know
  • All ELLs participate in STAAR no exemptions
    from testing
  • STAAR L is just for math, science, and social
    studies, not reading or writing
  • Linguistic accommodations are not limited to
    STAAR L
  • Moderate to substantial degree allowed for STAAR
    L
  • Limited degree allowed for regular STAAR in
    English
  • Degree allowed for STAAR Modified may vary
    (limited, moderate, substantial) depending on
    special education and second language acquisition
    needs
  • Linguistic accommodations do not apply to STAAR
    in Spanish (test is already written in students
    native language)

27
TAKS to STAAR Key STAAR ELL Policies to Know
  • STAAR Modified linguistic accommodations are not
    subject to years in U.S. schools restrictions
  • STAAR L eligibility criteria are same across
    grades
  • No grade 3 exceptions
  • No high school exceptions
  • No English/Spanish side-by-side linguistic
    accommodation
  • No oral translation or bilingual glossaries,
    except with STAAR Modified
  • No testing over two days
  • No requirement to give STAAR L on different day
    than STAAR

28
More Information about STAAR
  • STAAR Resources webpage
  • QA
  • Test blueprints
  • Assessed curriculum
  • Sample items (coming soon)
  • And more
  • www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar

29
STAAR Accommodation Information
  • Accommodation Resources webpage
  • Information about
  • accommodations for students with disabilities
  • linguistic accommodations for ELLs (coming soon)
  • www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodati
    ons

30
TELPAS Updates
31
Spring 2011 Online Training Data
32
TELPAS Holistic Rating Training for Spring 2012
  • Course and calibration requirements
    same as last year!

33
Holistic Rating Training Resources
  • 20112012 training resources (very minor
    updates)
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Making the ELPS-TELPAS Connection K12 Overview
  • Introductory Training on the PLDs (separate
    modules for K1 and 212)
  • Grades 212 Writing Collection Overview
  • Holistic Rating Training Requirements
  • Educator Guide to TELPAS
  • These updated resources will be available soon on
    ELL Assessment webpage at www.tea.state.tx.us/st
    udent.assessment/ell/telpas/

34
TELPAS Administration
  • Assessment window for spring
  • March 19 April 11
  • Data verification window
  • April 12 13

35
New Plan for Conducting Training of Supplemental
Support Providers (SSPs)
  • Recorded TEA Web-based presentations (separate
    for K1, 25, 612) to be available on Resources
    page of TELPAS TrainingCenter beginning January
    30
  • ESC and district individuals to be trained as
    SSPs may be trained any time after this date
  • No state-level registration districts
    responsible for ensuring training of SSPs
  • Required for new and returning SSPs
  • Training content similar to last year

36
TELPAS Spring Dates
37
TELPAS Online Reading Test
  • Changes to align with STAAR in 20112012
  • Reporting Category is replacing Objective
  • No sample items at beginning of tests
  • No time limits (current TELPAS policy to remain)
  • Minor changes to Texas Assessment Management
    System
  • Statewide lookup
  • New move process
  • New organization of tabs
  • Tutorials to be updated for TestNav 7

38
Key Steps to Take This Fall
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1. Conduct ELPS and TELPAS professional
development sessions
  • Teachers are required to implement the ELPS and
    content area TEKS in instruction
  • District and campus administrators need working
    knowledge of ELPS and TELPAS
  • TELPAS familiarization training is
  • good for future raters
  • good way to reinforce use of PLDs all year long

40
2. Help support teacher use of TELPAS results
and ELPS PLDs to monitor and maximize learning of
English
  • Beginning of year
  • Review ELLs past TELPAS results to see if making
    steady progress in learning English
  • TELPAS confidential campus student rosters
    include
  • 2 years of test scores
  • how long student has been in U.S. schools

41
3. Help support LPAC use of TELPAS results and
ELPS PLDs to monitor and maximize learning of
English
  • LPAC meetings during school year
  • Use previous springs TELPAS results and current
    years teacher input to
  • gauge progress in English proficiency
  • review and adjust linguistic accommodations used
    in instruction
  • plan for instructional interventions, if
    necessary
  • plan for linguistic accommodations during state
    assessment

42
Remember
  • When implemented effectively in instruction,
    linguistic accommodations
  • accelerate learning of academic content and
    English
  • reduce length of time and degree to which
    substantial linguistic accommodations needed

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Important
  • STAAR linguistic accommodation policies should
    support but NOT narrow instructional linguistic
    accommodations.
  • Not all accommodations appropriate for
    instruction are allowable on assessments.

45
Upcoming ELL Assessment Training and Presentations
  • Annual LPAC Training TETN
  • January 6, 2012
  • 900 a.m. 1200 p.m.
  • Event 10553
  • Open to ESCs only
  • Texas Assessment Conference
    December 4-7, 2011
  • ELL Assessment Update
  • Assessing ELLs with STAAR
  • TELPAS for Spring 2012 What You Need to Know

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Recommendations for Educator Review Committees
  • As part of test development process for the state
    assessments, TEA convenes committees of educators
    each year to review field-test items for state
    assessment programs
  • Committees assembled from database of recommended
    educators
  • Need recommendations for educators who have
    experience working with ELLs
  • Recommendation forms available at
    http//ritter.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/d
    evelop/recform.pdf


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Contact Information
  • Go to www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment and
    click on ELL Assessment Information
  • Call the TEA Student Assessment Division at
  • (512) 463-9536
  • Email us at ELL.tests_at_tea.state.tx.us
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