Overview of ESL Standards/Assessment for LEP Students

 

A. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

  1. 1996 - New York State Board of Regents approved "Strategies for Raising Standards":

    1. All students including LEP/ELLs must meet standards and pass Regents tests in seven core subjects, including English.
    2. Intensive English requirement for LEP/ELLs.
        1. Twelve Action Steps to Assist LEP/ELL Students meet the English Language Arts Standards Action step #9 Improving Identification and assessment.

No statewide uniform English testing program to identify LEP students and to assess their achievement in acquiring English proficiency.

    1. Achievement Test: Develop the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) - New York State Education Department
    2. Identification Test: Upgrade the Language Assessment Battery (LAB) and align it with ELA standards, New York City Department of Education.

        1. All LEP students in public and charter schools in New York State must take the NYSESLAT.

B. LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY AUTHORITY

  1. State:

  1. Federal:

    1. ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. CR Part 154

    1. NCLB Title I and Title III

  1. SED must develop annual measurable achievement objectives for LEP students that:
        1. Districts must submit to New York State Education Department an evaluation report at the end of every second year.
          • Description of program and activities
          • Description of LEP student progress in learning English and meeting State content standards
          • The number and percentage of LEP students attaining English proficiency by the end of each school year
          • Description of progress made by former LEP students in meeting State content standards for each of the two years after no longer receiving services.

          D. ESL LEARNING STANDARDS

          1. NYSESLAT based on New York ESL standards
          2. Developing ESL standards (handout/transparency 1)
            • New York State Education Department
            • Statewide steering committee and regional workgroups
            • Center for Applied Linguistics

                1. Standards (handout/transparency 3)
                  • New York State ESL learning standards by grade level
                  • Performance indicators and sample classroom tasks

                  New York State ESL Standards:

Students will listen, speak, read and write in English for information and understanding.

Students will listen, speak, read and write in English for literary response, enjoyment, and expression.

Students will listen, speak, read and write in English for critical analysis and evaluation.

Students will listen, speak, read and write in English for classroom and social interaction.

Students will demonstrate cross-cultural knowledge and understanding.

          1. DEVELOPMENT OF NYSESLAT

    1. Collaboration

        1. Item writers - teachers trained by SED and ETS. 2001 - 2003
        2. Field Testing - 2002-2003
        3. Districts order tests no cost February 2003
        4. Training on test administration - February-March 2003
        5. Training on Scoring - March-April 2003
        6. First Administration - May 2003
        7. Local Scoring May-June 2003

    F. CLOSING AND REVIEW OF DAYS AGENDA