October 2, 2013

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast Newsletter 2013.244-Comprehensive Planning, Assessment and Professional Development

Dear Bilingual Program Directors:

We were pleased to see many of you at the Fall Bilingual Program Directors’ Meeting on September 25-26. This meeting is always a great opportunity to connect and hear from directors from all over the state. We thoroughly enjoyed it and we hope that all of you found it informative and pleasant too. As a follow up to the meeting, this newsletter will focus on comprehensive planning, assessment, and professional development. We also include information about webinar opportunities for the recently released Spanish language development standards that we thought may be of interest to you.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, or need additional assistance, please contact us at 312-814-3850.

Comprehensive Planning: 2013 Title III AMAOs Status and Title III DIP Submission Requirement via IIRC (under Comprehensive Planning)

School districts can access the 2013 Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) Report in IWAS under e-Report Card. All school districts that received Title III funds in FY13 should review their 2013 Title III AMAO Report in IWAS. Any school districts that did not meet the Title III AMAO objectives for two or more consecutive years are required to submit a District Improvement Plan (DIP) by November 22, 2013, to ensure that they meet the objectives. Those districts that did not meet their Title III AMAO objectives for four or more consecutive years must include in their plan modifications of their ELL program, curriculum, and instruction. Districts are required to implement the plan during the 2013-2014 school year.

The DIP can be completed through the Rising Star system which is a research based tool customized for the State of Illinois to support school and district level continuous improvement planning processes. The Rising Star tool can be accessed by logging into the myIIRC portal on the Illinois Interactive Report Card (IIRC) at http://iirc.niu.edu. Title III DIP submission guidance and resources are available at http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/htmls/titleIII.htm.

If you have any questions regarding your AMAO calculation, please call Dr. Shuwan Chiu, Center for Performance, at 217-782-0354. Any other issues related to Title III programs, you may contact Dr. Seon H. Eun, English Language Learning, at 312-814-3850.


2013 ACCESS for ELLs Mismatch Report

Illinois school districts are required to annually assess the English language proficiency (ELP) of all English Language Learning (ELL) students. This must be done using the ELP assessment (ACCESS for ELLs®) prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education until such time that the student achieves an English “proficient” score per 23 Illinois Administrative Code 228.25(c)(3).

ISBE staff has identified school districts with ELLs who did not take the 2013 ACCESS for ELLs® or 2013 Alternate ACCESS for ELLs and notified these districts to report a reason for not administering the test to the ELLs. The report is due to ISBE by October 18, 2013.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ivette Robles, at (312) 814-3519. Please contact ISBE Help Desk if you have any questions regarding the Student Information System (SIS) data at 217-558-3600.

ELL Assessment Updates – ACCESS for ELLs: 2013-14

English Proficiency Score Change – Beginning January 1, 2014, the score criteria that define English language proficiency in Illinois using ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT, and MODEL will be 5.0 for the overall composite with 4.2 for reading and 4.2 for writing. Test results that fall below any of these three criteria identify a student as an English Language Learner. ISBE originally announced the change on June 27, 2013, http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/proficiency-def-mod-memo0613.pdf.

Any students who are screened for English proficiency, using the W-APT or MODEL, through December 31, 2013 are assessed against the current criteria of 4.8 overall composite with a 4.2 literacy score.

ACCESS Listening Test Format Change – For the upcoming ACCESS for ELLs administration, the listening assessment will not be read aloud by the test administrator. It will be presented from an audio recording on CD or online streaming. See the announcement posted at http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/ACCESS-listening-test-update13-14.pdf. Practice items and materials are being posted on MetriTech’s website, https://www.metritech.com/wida/listening/login.aspx. These practice items should be used to update test administrators, introduce the format to students, and test audio equipment prior to administration. Grade clusters are being added as they become available. WIDA’s online administrator training will be updated to reflect the new listening format by October 7, 2013.

ACCESS Reading Test Timing Change – For the upcoming ACCESS for ELLs administration, the reading assessment will allow for an optional, extra ten minutes of time. This is five minutes more than previously. See this announcement, http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/access-reading14.pdf, or the Test Administration Manual for more information.

Bilingual Dictionaries for PARCC Assessment – When the PARCC assessment becomes operational in 2014-15, ELLs will be allowed to use bilingual, word-to-word dictionaries as an accommodation. PARCC’s list of approved dictionaries is the same as that of the Massachusetts Dept. of Education at this link, http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/testadmin/lep_bilingual_dictionary.pdf. Students who will use them during the assessment should have prior experience using them in the classroom.

New ACCESS for ELLs' Data Correction Process – The ACCESS data correction process for 2013-14 will utilize a frozen-file system similar to that of ISAT, PSAE, and IAA. This approach makes it possible to clarify student information for the test record as it was at the time the test was administered, without changing the active records in the Student Information System. Training and additional information will become available later in the school year. The correction window will be 5/5/14-5/23/14.

Ordering Dates – The window for ordering ACCESS materials will be from October 21 until November 15, 2013. Instructions will be sent via email immediately before ordering begins. Please, ensure that the ACCESS material vendor, MetriTech (800-747-4868), has a valid email address for an appropriate person in your district.

Modified ACCESS Testing Dates –- The 2013-14 ACCESS for ELLs testing schedule and application for modified testing dates are available here, http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/htmls/access.htm. The modified testing dates are 1/20/14-2/21/14 or 1/27/14-2/28/14.

All ELLs in Illinois public schools are required to participate in ACCESS testing. (ACCESS for ELLs will be administered from 1/13/14/-2/14/14. If you have questions about ACCESS testing, contact ISBE at 866-317-6034.

Professional Development

Spanish Language Development Webinars

Several webinars will be offered focusing on the newly released Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards for PreK - 12 and the PODER™ Spanish language development assessment for Kindergarten.

• Introduction to the new SLD standards and their framework components and the PODER™ for Kindergarten assessment/Los estándares del desarrollo lingüístico del español de WIDA y la prueba PODER™ . Look for a link to these recorded half-hour introductory webinars presented by WIDA staff in English and in Spanish at http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/htmls/prof-dev.htm beginning October 2, 2013. The target audience for the webinar includes educators who work in bilingual programs, early childhood practitioners and specialists, and administrators.

• Introducción al sistema de estándares para el desarrollo lingüístico del español para Pre-K hasta el Grado 12 (Introduction to the system of SLD standards for preschool through 12th grade). Maya Martínez-Hart and Mariana Castro from WIDA will present this live 90-minute webinar in Spanish on Thursday, October 10 at 2 – 3:30 pm CST. The presenters will review the standards for preschool and for kindergarten through 12th grade and discuss the organization and uses of these two documents as tools in classrooms where the Spanish language is taught. Teachers, administrators and others who work in programs that provide instruction in Spanish are invited to join this discussion about language and current and future education practices to develop bilingual students. This webinar will also be recorded and posted for future viewing.

To join the webinar: Click on the link (or copy/paste it into your web browser address bar) prior to the meeting start time: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=1304&password=M.DEC24E935D0DD06F44DFFFDBCC8411

Meeting Audio: Audio for the webinar will be Voice-over-IP (VoIP). You will hear meeting audio through your computer speakers. Ensure your speakers are enabled and the volume is at an audible level.

Before joining the meeting: Check your system requirements at http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473.