2 Assessment of English Language Learners TELPASAssesses all ELL’s in grades K-12 in the following domains:ListeningSpeakingReadingWriting
3 Assessment of English Language Learners TELPAS & Years in U.S. Schools Data Collection(DCCM pg. T-30)Enrolled for 60 consecutive school days = 1yr in US.Count restarts if studentWD’s prior to reaching 60 days andDoes not enroll in another US school for 10+ consecutive school daysIf enrolled within the final 60 school days of a school year, then next year will still be 1st year in US.
4 Assessment of English Language Learners Important RemindersAssessment of English Language LearnersYears in US Schools Data CollectionCampuses cannot change the value for years in U.S. schools submitted in a previous school year.Campuses will use the data previously submitted to generate data that will be submitted this spring.The number of years in U.S. schools on record for a student cannot decrease. The value will either remain the same or increase by 1.
5 Assessment of English Language Learners TELPAS Reminders (DCCM pg. T-6)Individuals must complete state-required training and calibration activities to be raters.A teacher selected to rate an ELL musthave the student in class at the time of the spring assessment window;be knowledgeable about the student’s ability to use English in instructional and informal settings;hold valid Texas education credentials;be appropriately trained in the holistic rating process; andrate the student in all eligible domains.Districts must implement validity and reliability checks during the testing window (2nd rater).
6 Assessment of English Language Learners TELPAS RemindersIt is a violation of state assessment procedures and a serious testing irregularity to record, discuss, or share answers to the rating practice and calibration activities.NEW: After completion of calibration activities, raters must destroy all notes taken about specific student profiles.Returning raters who have not completed calibration activities within the last three school years are required to complete the online basic training course before calibrating.
7 Assessment of English Language Learners User Lookup Tool (Texas Training Center)Campus Testing Coordinators canmodify the last name of a usersend a user password reset (in the same organization only)modify the address of a user (in the same organization only)retrieve an address associated with a user’s TrainingCenter accountretrieve a username associated with a user’s TrainingCenter accountsee account status (active/deactivated) for all users
8 Assessment of English Language Learners TELPAS Student TutorialsAs in the past, TELPAS tutorials are separate from tests.Tutorials are recommended for all students taking TELPASSeveral different test item formatsNo sample items with testTutorials available at
9 Assessment of English Language Learners ELL ‘s and STAARTest Participation DecisionsAssessment decisions for ELLs must be made on an individual student basis by the LPAC, and in the case of an ELL receiving special education services, by the ARD committee in conjunction with the LPAC.NOTE: Decisions for an entire grade or program are not authorized .EXAMPLE: All 4th grade students in a bilingual program take the Spanish-version reading assessment and English-version mathematics assessment.
10 Assessment of English Language Learners ELL’s and STAARSTAAR SpanishFor any student for whom a Spanish version of STAAR is the most appropriate measure of academic achievementAvailable in grades 3–5 onlySTAAR LELLs for whom all of these apply may take STAAR L:Student has not yet attained advanced high TELPAS reading in grades 2 and up.Student is within first 3 years in U.S. schools
11 Assessment of English Language Learners ELL Participation in STAAR A and STAAR Alternate 2Assessment decisions for ELLs also served by Special Education are made by the ARD committee in conjunction with the LPAC.ELLs with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements for STAAR A may take this assessment.ELLs receiving special education services who meet requirements for STAAR Alternate 2 may take this assessment.ELLs participate only on the basis of disability, not second language acquisition.
12 Assessment of English Language Learners Differing Degrees of Linguistic AccommodationSTAAR (English)Limited degree of linguistic accommodationSTAAR LModerate to substantial degree of linguistic accommodationSTAAR ADegree varies in accordance with second language acquisition needs of ELLs who qualify for this testSTAAR Alternate 2No specified linguistic accommodations; assessment design allows other languages and communication methods to be used as appropriateSTAAR Spanish: Assessment is provided in student’s native language; other linguistic accommodations not applicable.
13 Assessment of English Language Learners DictionariesTwo sources for dictionary policiesfor ELLs taking STAAR:STAAR dictionary policyApplies to reading and writing assessments in grade 6 and aboveAvailable at aar/reading/Linguistic Accommodations for ELLs Participating in the STAAR Program guideOutlines policies for the use of dictionaries on all other tests not covered under the STAAR dictionary policyAvailable at ccommodations/
14 Assessment of English Language Learners STAAR LOnline Student TutorialsInformation about minor updates togrades 3–8 is available atTest administration directions for each tutorial are also posted!Why tutorials?To familiarize students TestNav tools!TA Directions for 2015 STAAR L tests assume familiarity with online interface!
15 Assessment of English Language Learners STAAR L Practice SetsPractice sets contain itemsAvailable atAvailable in online format so that students may experience the items as they will be presented.
16 Assessment of English Language Learners STAAR L EOC EligibilityFor EOC, eligibility for STAAR L can be carried over from spring to the July and December administrations.
17 Assessment of English Language Learners Special English I EOC Provision TAC § When enrolled in an English I/ESOL I course, an eligible ELL shall not be required to retake the assessment each time it is administered if the student passes the course but does not pass the test.NOTE:Students are not exempt from testing while in the course.This provision does not apply to English II.This provision is not tied to any particular graduation plan.
18 Assessment of English Language Learners Special English I EOC ProvisionTAC §For ELLs who ―have been enrolled in U.S. schools 3 school years or lessandhave not yet attained TELPAS advanced high reading rating in grades 2 and up.
19 Assessment of English Language Learners ELLs with Parental Denials TAC § (f)These students are not eligible for special ELL assessment, accommodation, or accountability provisions ―No testing in SpanishNo linguistic accommodations during testingNo English I EOC special provision
20 Assessment of English Language Learners ELL Policy ResourcesTest participation.assessment/ell/lpac/STAARTAKSTELPASAccommodations .assessment/accommodatio ns/Linguistic accommodationsAccommodations related to disabilitiesAssessment of English Language Learners
21 Planning for Test Administrations Assessment of English Language LearnersCoordination Between LPAC and Testing CoordinatorsCampus Testing coordinators should collaborate with the LPAC to obtain participation and accommodation decisions in time to make testing arrangements.This applies to all linguistic accommodations, not just for STAAR L participation.
22 Assessment of English Language Learners Documenting Participation & Accommodation DecisionsCTC’s must have a record of STAAR participation and linguistic accommodation decisions for ALL ELL’sincluding…STAAR eligibility for special English I EOC provision
23 Assessment of English Language Learners Organizing Test Administrations(DCCM, pg. S-29 & S-36)In some cases, students taking different assessments may be grouped across programs, grades, and subject areas/courses.Example: STAAR and STAAR LOrganize test sessions in which students are given different tests in a way that keeps students from being confused or disturbed by differences in directions read aloud or accommodations provided.
24 Assessment of English Language Learners Extra Time (Same Day) as a Linguistic AccommodationPermitted for any ELL if student meets eligibility criteria as determined by LPACNot “automatic”Extra time within regularly scheduled school day onlySchools with both morning and afternoon 4-hour test sessions must include these students in morning session (at least 6 hours).
25 Assessment of English Language Learners Linguistic Accommodations Provided by Test AdministratorExamplesClarification in English of word meaning in writing prompts (STAAR)Clarification in English of word meaning in short answer reading questions (STAAR)Clarification in English of word meaning (STAAR A)Require additional training for test administratorsIndividual or small group administrations are necessary for some accommodations.
26 Assessment of English Language Learners STAAR L Online Test AdministrationsEnsure there is one pair of headphones per student.May also use a bilingual dictionary and/or receive extra time.Campuses have the option of logging in students in grades 3–5 or allowing them to do it themselves.All STAAR L tests contain 3 test administrator-guided sample questions.The best way to prepare students is to have them complete the online tutorials prior to the test administration.
27 Assessment of English Language Learners General Guideline for Recording LinguisticAccommodationsWhether the student tested on paper or online, record linguistic accommodations if these were made available to the student during testing, even if the student did not use the accommodation.
28 Assessment of English Language Learners Assessing New Immigrants Who Know Little EnglishIn isolated situations, if completing an assessment is not in the best interest of a student (e.g., a newly arrived ELL who has extremely limited English skills), the campus may make the determination to submit the test for scoring without requiring the student to complete test.This decision should be documented and communicated to student’s parents after the test administration.
29 Assessment of English Language Learners Spring ELL AssessmentUpdate TETNJanuary 28, 20159 a.m. to 1 p.m.This TETN will provide ESCs and districts with further guidance on ELL assessment activities for the spring.Assessment WarehouseAssessment of English Language Learners