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Examination of States English Language Proficiency Standards. National Conference on Student Assessment Detroit, MI June 21, 2010 Ellen Forte Laura Kuti edCount, LLC. Background. Title III policy New with NCLB SEA role Systemic reform principles Academic English. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>Examination of States English Language Proficiency StandardsNational Conference on Student AssessmentDetroit, MIJune 21, 2010</p><p>Ellen ForteLaura KutiedCount, LLC*</p></li><li><p>BackgroundTitle III policyNew with NCLBSEA roleSystemic reform principlesAcademic English*</p></li><li><p>Title III RequirementsStates are required to :implement ELP standards that link to the language demands inherent to academic standardsImplement annual ELP assessments aligned to ELP standards that yield reading, writing, listening, speaking, and comprehension scoresestablish an accountability system for LEAs reflecting expectations for progress toward, and attainment of, ELP goals and achievement in the core academic content areas*</p></li><li><p>BackgroundTitle III policyNew with NCLBSEA roleSystemic reform principlesAcademic EnglishFirst national evaluation of Title III implementationAmerican Institutes for Research and edCount, LLCMixed-method approach*</p></li><li><p>National Evaluation of Title IIIInterviews with state Title III directors from all 50 states and the District of ColumbiaSurvey of 1,300 Title III districtsDistrict case studies in five states (NY, NC, MN, NM, CA)Analysis of longitudinal student achievement data from six states and two large districtsReview of each states ELP standards</p><p>*</p></li><li><p>ELP Standards Review: Guiding QuestionsHow are states ELP standards structured to address expectations from Kindergarten through grade 12 in each of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening domains as required under ESEA?How are states ELP standards designed to support the achievement of academic achievement standards as required under ESEA?How do states ELP standards reflect the principles of academic English language acquisition?How accessible are states ELP standards to educators for curriculum and assessment development?</p><p>*</p></li><li><p>ELP Standards Review: MethodLiterature reviewConsultation with Technical Working Group members and the U.S. Department of EducationProtocol developmentTrainingPilotProtocol refinementTraining2 independent reviewers and a third reviewer who assisted in resolving discrepancies</p><p>*</p></li><li><p>ELP Standards Review: Data CollectionStandards in effect for the 2008-09 school year20 states used the Access for ELLs ELP assessment19 states used custom-made ELP assessments7 states used the ELDA (standards not common across states)5 states used LAS Links31 sets of standards and supplemental documents collected from states Department of Education websites30 states 1 set for the 20 2008-09 WIDA states*</p></li><li><p>ELP Standards Review: Guiding QuestionsHow are states ELP standards structured to address expectations from Kindergarten through grade 12 in each of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening domains as required under ESEA?How are states ELP standards designed to support the achievement of academic achievement standards as required under ESEA?How do states ELP standards reflect the principles of academic English language acquisition?How accessible are states ELP standards to educators for curriculum and assessment development?</p><p>*</p></li><li><p>Organization across grade levelsGrade-range clustersInclusion of Pre-K*How are states ELP standards structured to address expectations from Kindergarten through grade 12 in each of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening domains as required under ESEA?Manifestation of reading, writing, speaking, and listening domainsEach domain separateTwo domains combinedNo distinction</p></li><li><p>Language Domains: Example*</p></li><li><p>*How are states ELP standards designed to support the achievement of academic achievement standards as required under ESEA?Basic philosophy of the domainDegree to which ELP standards include specific connections to the language of the content areasReflection of specific components of academic English</p></li><li><p>*How are states ELP standards designed to support the achievement of academic achievement standards as required under ESEA?Basic philosophy of the domainFocus on social language of school and some aspects of academic languageFocus on social and academic language of school and based on English/Language Arts (ELA) StandardsApproach 2 with some additional focus on other academic content areas beyond ELAIntegrated Content Area Standards with Academic English Focus</p></li><li><p>*Degree to which ELP standards include specific connections to the language of the content areasEnglish language artsMathematicsScienceSocial StudiesHow are states ELP standards designed to support the achievement of academic achievement standards as required under ESEA?</p></li><li><p>Example of Linkages to Content AreasConnect events with people in U.S. history using timelines, graphics or illustrationsSelect examples of rights or responsibilities of people in U.S. or other countries using illustrations and written descriptionsDraw conclusions about resources or agricultural products on maps or graphs described orally from grade-level material*</p></li><li><p>Example of Linkages to Content Areas*</p></li><li><p>*Reflection of specific components of academic English (Scarcella, 2003)Phonological Component (sounds, stress, intonation)Lexical Component (meaning of words)Grammatical Component (morphemes, syntax, rules of punctuation)Functional Component (discourse features and functions of language)How are states ELP standards designed to support the achievement of academic achievement standards as required under ESEA?</p></li><li><p>Language Skills and Functions: Phonological, Lexical, and Vocabulary Example*</p></li><li><p>Language Skills and Functions: Discourse Example*</p></li><li><p>*TESOL Language Learning Principles:Language is functional.Language varies.Language learning is cultural learning.Language acquisition is a long-term process.Language acquisition occurs through meaningful use and interaction.Language processes develop interdependently. Native language proficiency contributes to second language acquisition.Bilingualism is an individual and societal asset.How do states ELP standards reflect the principles of academic English language acquisition?</p></li><li><p>Language Development Principles: Example of Principle 3, Cultural Learning*</p></li><li><p>Language Development Principles: Example of Principle 5, Meaningful Use and Interaction3. Request and provide information and assistance, orally or in writing, for personal, social, and academic purposes. (L, S, R, W)6. Understand and use a variety of oral communication strategies in American English for various social and academic purposes.Such strategies include indicating lack of understanding, clarifying or requesting clarification, restatement, and checking listeners understanding. (L, S, W)*</p></li><li><p>Language Development Principles: Example of Principle 7, Native Language ProficiencyOne of the most reliable indicators of success in acquiring English is the level of language development in the students first language. A student with a highly developed first language may compress the above timeline.*</p></li><li><p>*Clear descriptions or examples of performance indicatorsSpecific curricular suggestionsHow accessible are states ELP standards to educators for curriculum and assessment development?</p></li><li><p>Support for Instruction: Performance Indicator Example*</p></li><li><p>Support for Instruction: Curricular Suggestions Example*</p></li><li><p>Future ConsiderationsStates need guidance on how to structure standards and should incorporate current research on which to base their standards structure and contentClear understanding of the construct of ELP and of academic English languageInclusion of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten standardsLinks between instruction, standards, and assessmentPeriodic reviews of the system*</p></li><li><p>Examination of States English Language Proficiency StandardsEllen Forteeforte@edCount.com</p><p>Laura Kutilkuti@edCount.com</p><p>*</p><p>******Reviews were independent, not blind.</p><p>*Two additional states who joined after data collection are Wyoming, New Mexico, and Missouri plus Colorado uses WIDA standards now.</p><p>*********************</p></li></ul>

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