January 15, 2014

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast Newsletter 2014.251—ACCESS for ELLs® and the FY15 Application Deadline Highlight the New Year


2014 - ACCESS for ELLs®

The regular testing window for the ACCESS for ELLs® and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs® began Monday, January 13, 2014 and materials should have arrived in districts by now.  If there are any problems or concerns with the materials, please contact MetriTech at 800-747-4868.

Also, remember that the ACCESS Listening Assessment will not be read aloud by the test administrator this year.  Instead it will be media-based.  All listening items will be played from a CD or streamed online for all tiers at grades 1-12.  Make sure your electronic devices are working properly prior to the administration and that test administrators are adequately prepared.  WIDA’s online training for the group assessment has been updated to reflect this change.  Retraining is not required for ACCESS test administrators in Illinois, but is available for those who are interested.  Please refer to the 2014 ACCESS for ELLs® Listening Test Changes posted at http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/htmls/access.htm?col3=open#CollapsiblePanel3 for more information.

Comprehensive Planning

FY15 Enrollment Summary and Ceiling Calculator Due January 31

The Enrollment Summary and Ceiling Calculator, Part I of the FY15 application for TBE/TPI/Title III funding, is due on January 31, 2014.  You may create and submit an FY15 Enrollment Summary and Ceiling Calculator on IWAS.  When submitting Part I, you must confirm that your district has uploaded complete and accurate English language learner (ELL) student data on the SIS.  

After March 3, 2014, EL student data will be extracted from the Student Information System (SIS) to generate your district’s FY15 funding allotments for TBE/TPI and the Title III LIPLEPS and Immigrant Education Program.  SIS data will be used to populate attendance center summaries and generate funding allocations in Part II of the FY15 application.  Once this information is populated, it cannot be changed, so it is important to review your SIS data carefully.

The TBE/TPI and Title III Application (Part II) will be available on IWAS on May 1, 2014. It must be submitted to ISBE by June 30, 2014.  For more information on the application process, please view the Division of English Language Learning webinar at: http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/htmls/grant-resources.htm   .

Student Information System (SIS): Data Used for FY15 Funding Allocation

Multiple data elements are used to calculate district funding allocations.  As you are reviewing your English language learner (ELL) student data on SIS for your FY15 Enrollment Summary and Ceiling Calculator, please pay close attention to the specific data elements listed below:

Applications for Summer Migrant Education Services Funding Available

The Division of English Language Learning is accepting applications for FY14 federal Migrant Education Program funding for summer school programs in districts with qualifying migrant children under Title I, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act. The application is available at http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/20-37A-migrant-summer-app.pdf .  The deadline for submission is Monday, March 17, 2014.

Students who are 21 years old or younger and have not graduated from high school may be eligible if they have moved within the past three years due to economic necessity across state or school district lines with a parent or guardian or on their own to obtain temporary or seasonal work in agricultural production, fishing or food processing industries.  A certified recruiter must document that children qualify as migrant students.  

The State Board can assist districts in identifying eligible migrant children.   To request assistance or for more information, contact Beth Robinson at berobins@isbe.net or 312-814-3850.

Available on our Webpage:  English Proficiency Definition and Part-Time TBE Placement Criteria  

Recruiting Visiting Teachers From Spain for the 2014-2015 School Year:  Meeting Reminder
The Ministry of Education in Spain and ISBE are sponsoring a teacher-exchange program whereby English-speaking teachers come to the United States to teach for three years and then return home.  These teachers cover many of subject areas—but the chance to have a person from another country “in residence” in an American school is a valuable opportunity for the students, staff, and community.  Visiting teachers from Spain have the appropriate state license and an International Visiting Teacher license with a bilingual endorsement.  Districts interview and hire visiting teachers in much the same way that they hire American teachers.
The visiting teachers make a one to three year commitment to teach in the United States provided that the school district agrees to rehire them.  Participating districts employ these teachers in accordance with local regulations and policies.  Teachers are paid according to their experience and certification level.
ISBE tests the candidates’ language proficiency and verifies their qualifications for an International Visiting Teacher License.
Visiting Teachers have at least three years of experience. The 45 teachers hired in 2013 to work in 13 Illinois school districts are highly qualified to teach early childhood, elementary, middle and high school that may include areas such as special education, ESL, math and science.
Districts interested in learning more about the Visiting Teachers Program may attend a meeting in person or by phone.
Please RSVP by January 17, 2014 by calling Jorge Berne at 312-814-5696 or by email at jorge.berne@mecd.es  or jberne@isbe.net  . 
Meeting and participation details can be found below.
Who:   Illinois School Districts Recruiting Teachers for the 2014-2015 School Year
What:  Informational Briefing on the Visiting Teachers Program
Where: James Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph, 14th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Date:  Friday, January 24, 2013
Conference Call#:  1-888-494-4032
Conference Call Access Code:  3959821977

Conditions for Learning

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS for English Learners’ Webinar Feb. 6
Register now for a live webinar titled “Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) for English Learners (ELs),” which will be presented 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 6.

Through this webinar, participants will increase their understanding of critical components and concepts of MTSS for all students, with an emphasis on factors specific to ELs that need to be considered when designing and implementing MTSS. Tools and resources specific to ELs will also be shared. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/909361960   System requirements can be found below.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required:  Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh® based attendees
Required Mac OS®  X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Questions about the webinar can be directed to Kathryn Cox at kcox@isbe.net .