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1 Fall ELL Assessment Update September 29, 2014 TETN Event #33281 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 changed for local use, please remove the TEA footer at the bottom of the slide TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 2

3 Topics  Spring 2014 assessment data for ELLs  STAAR Spanish updates  STAAR L updates  TELPAS updates  LPAC reminders  Key steps to take this fall  ELPS training resources  Questions TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 3

4 Spring 2014 Assessment Data for ELLs TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 4

5 STAAR Grades 3–5 ELL Passing Rates for Reading and Writing TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 5

6 STAAR Grades 3–5 ELL Passing Rates for Math and Science TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 6

7 STAAR Grades 6–8 ELL Passing Rates TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 7 SUBJECTGRADE STAAR VERSION % MEETING SATISFACTORY READING 6 STAAR48 7 STAAR34 8 STAAR42 WRITING7 STAAR30 MATH 6 STAAR STAAR L STAAR STAAR L STAAR STAAR L SCIENCE8 STAAR STAAR L SOCIAL STUDIES8 STAAR STAAR L 25 11

8 SUBJECTSTAAR VERSION % MEETING SATISFACTORY ENGLISH I EOC21 ENGLISH II EOC20 ALGEBRA I EOC EOC L BIOLOGY EOC EOC L U.S. HISTORY EOC EOC L STAAR EOC ELL Passing Rates TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 8

9 TELPAS Percent of Students at Each Proficiency Level at Grades 3–12 Listening B I A H Speaking B I A H Reading B I A H Writing B I A H 13– – – – – – – – – B = Beginning I = Intermediate A = Advanced H = Advanced High TELPAS Reading RPTE 9 TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT

10 TELPAS Composite Ratings 2006–2013 Percent of Students Reaching Advanced High K–23– TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT

11 STAAR Spanish Updates TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 11

12 STAAR Spanish  Available for students in grades 3-5  Grades 3-5 reading and math  Grade 4 writing  Grade 5 science  Same grades and subjects are tested in English TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 12 Reminder

13 STAAR Mathematics Grades 3–8  New TEKS adopted in April 2012  Implementation of new math curriculum in 2014–2015 school year  New STAAR items will be field-tested this 2014–2015 school year  Students will receive raw scores before end of school year  Performance standards will be set in summer 2015  Districts will receive new reports and data files in August 2015 after performance standards are set  Math retest opportunities will not be offered in 2015  The STAAR progress measure for grades 4–8 math will not be available in 2014–2015 TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 13

14 STAAR Spanish Writing  Prompt study took place in spring 2014  Next prompt study for grade 4 writing (English and Spanish) scheduled for spring 2017  Grade 4 writing student essays will be provided to districts at no charge TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 14

15 STAAR Spanish Statewide Student Performance Spanish Total Students in 2013 Total Students in 2014Change (Satisfactory) LII (Advanced) LIII-2013 (Unsatisfactory)LI STAAR Grade 03 READ 36,84137, %16%35% STAAR Grade 04 READ 24,32325, %11%39% STAAR Grade 04 WRIT 25,43626, %5%36% STAAR Grade 05 READ 10,78511,869+1,08462%12%38% STAAR Grade 03 MATH 19,02418, %9%40% STAAR Grade 04 MATH 9,4269, %9%48% STAAR Grade 05 MATH 3,6063, %5%55% TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 15

16 STAAR Spanish Statewide Student Performance Change (Satisfactory) LII STAAR Grade 03 READ68%65%-3% STAAR Grade 04 READ58%61%+3% STAAR Grade 04 WRIT59%64%+5% STAAR Grade 05 READ70%62%-8% STAAR Grade 03 MATH59%60%+1% STAAR Grade 04 MATH51%52%+1% STAAR Grade 05 MATH44%45%+1% STAAR Grade 05 SCIENCE41%47%+6% TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 16

17 Key Elements for Success in STAAR  Understand the level of performance the TEKS require  Teach students the academic vocabulary  Teach both readiness and supporting content and skills  Emphasize critical/inferential thinking, problem solving, and application rather than isolated or memorized content and skills  Reinforce connections between different content areas (e.g., math and science, math and reading) TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 17

18 STAAR L Updates TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 18

19 2014 STAAR L Administrations  Online interface provided certain linguistic accommodations for qualifying students:  Clarification in English at the word or phrase level for pre-determined words or phrases  Words read aloud at the word-by-word level  Available for mathematics, science, and social studies in all applicable grades  61,000 students across the state were administered STAAR L across all administrations in 2014 compared to 35,000 students in all 2013 administrations TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 19

20 STAAR L Practice Sets  Minor updates  Griddable items removed in grades 3-8 math  Practice sets will consist of approximately items for each STAAR L assessment  Updated sets will be available in late fall  Can be accessed from  and   Available in online format so that students may experience item accommodations as they will be presented in the operational administration TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 20

21 STAAR L Online Student Tutorial  Will be available late fall  Minor updates.  Griddable items  Some items updated to reflect new math TEKS  Grade 8 math—no ruler; online calculator added  EOCs—online calculator added  Should be used to familiarize students with clarification and read aloud accommodations and standard TestNav tools  Test administration directions for operational STAAR L assessments will assume some familiarity with online interface  Should be done before students access practice sets TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 21

22 STAAR L Paper Administrations  Paper test booklets (and ECGs as applicable) will be approved by TEA in rare circumstances  Accommodations that are not available in TestNav  Unavoidable technological problems that make online testing impossible  Other special situations (e.g., homebound students, JJAEPs, etc.)  Detailed information about STAAR L paper request process will be posted on Coordinator Manual Resources page at  Student who was approved for a paper administration in the spring but is retesting in December will not automatically receive paper materials  DTC should forward prior approval to TEA at so paper materials can be ordered from TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 22

23 ELLs with Parental Denials TAC § (f)  Reminder: These students are not eligible for special ELL assessment, accommodation, or accountability provisions  No testing in Spanish  No linguistic accommodations during testing  No English I EOC special provision  No unschooled asylee/refugee provision  ELLs with parental denials may, however, use bilingual, ESL, or other allowable dictionaries as part of dictionary policy for STAAR reading and writing tests in grade 6 and up; under this policy, use of certain dictionaries not considered linguistic accommodation TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 23

24 TELPAS Updates TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 24

25 General Reminders  New standards for TELPAS reading tests in grades 2–12 beginning with spring 2014 administration  New domain weights applied beginning with spring 2014  Listening – 10%  Speaking – 10%  Writing – 30%  Reading – 50%  TELPAS release of spring 2014 reading tests in grades 2–12  Can be accessed from TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 25

26 Spring 2015 TELPAS Administration  Assessment window for spring: March 16–April 8  Data verification window: April 9–10  Call the ELL assessments team prior to the administration window opening if you feel your district will not be able to complete testing as usual due to scheduling conflicts TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 26

27 TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 27 TELPAS Spring Dates DateActivity Jan 12 Assembling and Verifying Grades 2–12 Writing Collections course available Jan 5-9 TELPAS manuals shipped to districts Jan 23 End date for district coordinator training—all TELPAS components Jan 26 Online basic training courses for new K–1 and 2–12 raters available Jan 26 Supplemental support provider recorded Web-based training available Feb 6 End date for campus coordinator training—holistically assessed components Feb 16 Calibration window opens for new and returning raters—first 2 sets Feb 16 End date for training raters on administration procedures Feb 16 Earliest eligibility date for TELPAS writing samples Feb 25 3 rd and final calibration set available; supplemental training begins Mar 16-Apr 8 TELPAS assessment window

28 Holistic Rating Training Resources 2014–2015 training resources:  PowerPoint presentations (updated)  Making the ELPS-TELPAS Connection: K–12 Overview  Introductory Training on the PLDs (separate modules for K–1 and 2–12)  Grades 2–12 Writing Collection Overview  Holistic Rating Training Requirements (coming soon)  Educator Guide to TELPAS  These resources can be accessed from the TELPAS Resources webpage at TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 28

29 Texas TrainingCenter  Returning Rater Planning Roster is available for use  Uses TrainingCenter records to generate a list of trained raters  Shows the date a rater first completed training requirements (starting in 2008– 2009)  Serves as an aid for planning  TrainingCenter records may not be fully accurate in situations where users have multiple accounts, outdated information in the My Info section, etc.  New campus coordinators that need immediate access to the TrainingCenter can sign up using the previous year’s site code to create account TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 29

30 LPAC Reminders TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 30

31 Reminders LPACs —  need to meet as a committee to determine the best state assessment option for each ELL  should make assessment decisions as close to the time of the administration of state assessments as possible  are required to make and document assessment decisions in accordance with outlined procedures TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 31

32 Assessment Options for ELLs  STAAR  STAAR Spanish  STAAR L  STAAR A  STAAR Alternate 2 TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 32

33 Reminders  The general STAAR is taken by ELLs and other students who do not meet eligibility criteria to be assessed with STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, STAAR A, or STAAR Alternate 2  LPACs should be aware that —  STAAR L is available in mathematics, science, and social studies  STAAR Spanish is available in grades 3–5 only  ELLs taking general STAAR assessments may be permitted some linguistic accommodations TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 33

34 Reminders Language of Assessment Decisions  Must be individual student decisions  Grade-based or program-based decisions not authorized  LPAC must consider input from student’s teacher(s) in making language of assessment decisions  STAAR Spanish may be given in grades 3–5 to both ELLs and non- ELLs as long as the LPAC determines it to be the most appropriate measure of a student’s academic progress in accordance with TEA guidelines  Students are not limited to three years of assessment with STAAR Spanish TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 34

35 Reminders ELL Participation in STAAR A and STAAR Alternate 2  ELLs receiving special education services who meet requirements for STAAR A or STAAR Alternate 2 may take these assessments.  ELLs participate only on basis of disability, not second language acquisition. TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 35

36 Special English I EOC Provisions TAC §  For ELLs who ―  have been enrolled in U.S. schools 3 school years or less (5 or less if qualifying unschooled asylee/refugee) and  have not yet attained TELPAS advanced high reading rating  When enrolled in English I/ESOL I course, eligible ELL shall not be required to retake assessment each time it is administered if student passes course but does not meet standard Note:  Students are not exempt from testing while in the course  Provisions do not apply to English II TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 36

37 Key Steps to Take This Fall TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 37

38 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 TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 38

39 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 TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 39

40 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 spring’s TELPAS results and current year’s 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 TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 40

41 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 The ELPS, as measured by TELPAS, support better learning of the TEKS, as measured by STAAR TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 41

42 Future TETNs  LPAC Training: Event#  January 16, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Open to ESCs only (Closed to Districts)  This TETN is a training of trainers (TOT) for designated ESC staff to train districts to guide language proficiency assessment committees (LPACs) in making assessment and accommodation decisions for English language learners (ELLs) participating in state’s assessment program. This training is not open to districts.  Spring ELL Assessment Update: Event#  January 28, 2015 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Open to ESCs and districts  This TETN will provide ESCs and districts with further guidance on ELL assessment activities for the spring. TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 42

43 ELPS Training Resources TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 43

44 Contact Information  Go to and click on ELL Assessmentswww.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment  Call the TEA Student Assessment Division at (512)  us at TEA - September 2014 Fall ELL Assessment Update DRAFT 44


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