Presentation on theme: "Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA) Fall Assessment ConferenceMelanie Manares, Education Program ConsultantESOL / Bilingual Education and Title IIIPhyllis Farrar, Education Program ConsultantWorld Languages and ESOL
2 Who is an English Language Learner (ELL) ??? A student whose home language is other than English and who is not fully proficient in the English language.Because the student is not proficient in the four language domains – s/he needs language support services.ListeningSpeakingReadingWriting
3 Who takes the KELPA?All students classified as ELLs based on one of the following English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments:KELPA test in previous yearLAS/LAS LINKSIPTLPTSKELPA-PlacementThe student has not yet scored “fluent” (proficient) on one of the above assessments in all of the four language domains (L,S,R,W), and the composite score for two consecutive years.
4 Who takes the KELPA?OR:A student who has scored “fluent” (proficient) in all domains on an ELP assessment, yet the school district determines that the student could still benefit from ESOL services.If this student scores below “fluent” upon taking the KELPA, s/he can be reclassified as an ELL and qualify for ESOL funding and services.
5 General Overview - basic facts about language acquisition Social ProficiencyBasic Interpersonal Communication Skills(BICS)Averages 1-2 yearsAcademic proficiencyCognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP)Averages 5-7 years
6 General Overview - basic facts about language acquisition The fact that the student speaks English in your class, on the playground, in the cafeteria or in the halls does NOT mean the student is proficient.It is normal for some students who are new to English to remain silent in their new language for up to a year.
7 General Overview No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Purpose is:To ensure English proficiency for students who are limited English proficient- To ensure English Language Learners (ELLs) achieve high levels in core academic areas
8 General Overview NCLB Requirements All ELLs in public schools in grades K-12 assessed annually for English proficiency in: listening, speaking, reading, and writingState responsible for developing English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessmentELP assessments must align to state English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Standards (2006)
9 General Overview NCLB Requirements Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs):Based on data from KELPAUsed Spring 2006 as baseline, set in 2007Number and percentage of ELLs making progress in English acquisitionNumber and percentage of ELLs attaining English proficiencyELLs making AYP under Title I
10 General Overview What is the KELPA? Used in Kansas for measuring annual growth for NCLB purposesAssessment for English Language Proficiency, grades K-12, in:SpeakingListeningReadingWriting
11 General Overview What is the KELPA? Developed by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) at the University of KSAligned to Kansas ESOL StandardsTest items written and reviewed by Kansas practitionersField tested across the stateReviewed by council of adult non-native English speakers from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds for cultural/linguistic biases
12 General Overview What is the KELPA? Grade cluster specific: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12K-1: all components administered individuallyReading, & Writing: 2-12, group administeredListening items: 2-12group administeredstandardized on audio CD,Speaking: K-12, individually administered
13 Overview of Domains Listening K-12Following directionsBeginning, middle, ending soundsAbility to discern correct vs. incorrect sentenceListening comprehension based on a story2-12Following directionsBeginning, middle, ending soundsAbility to discern correct vs. incorrect sentenceListening comprehension based on an expository passage
14 Overview of Domains Speaking: K-12 Prompts read by test examinerTwo rubrics used to rate students speechItems include:answer short questionsanswer more detailed questionsdescribe what’s happening in a single pictureand describe what’s happening in a picture sequence
15 Overview of Domains Reading: K-1rhyminginitial/ending soundsshort story reading comprehension (student reads a story and selects the picture that illustrates what the story’s about)2-12rhymingcloze sentencescompound wordssynonyms/antonymsDefinitionsfact/opinionAnalogiesreading comprehension of passages
16 Overview of Domains Writing: K-1Write letters/numbers based on oral promptComplete the cloze sentenceRewrite sentence (corrects syntax of incorrect sentence)Circle correctly spelled wordIdentify vocabulary (write a word to label a picture)2-12Grammar/vocabulary usage (adjectives, prepositions, verbs & verb tenses, comparative/superlative, adverbs, pronouns, plurals);Synonyms/antonymsPunctuationSyntaxEssay (constructed response): writes based on either picture or written prompt (scored locally)
17 How to interpret KELPA results See handout to review cut scores per grade and domain + domain weightingsSee handout to review the perfomance level descriptors (PLDs) for beginning, intermediate, advanced, and fluent.
18 Testing 2008 Materials shipped to schools February 1 February 15 – May 2, testing windowScore all constructed written responses (essays) locallyReturn all materials to CETE by May 15, 2008Preliminary results available by June 15, 2008
19 FYIThere will not be any revisions made to KELPA until the ESOL Standards are revised.KELPA is only available in paper/pencil format.KELPA – P (placement) is now available from CETE for use in determining the need for services.Training for administering KELPA is available on CD and online.
20 THANK YOU! For questions about testing and ESL program requirements: Melanie ManaresPhyllis FarrarFor questions about materialsCETE at KU