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Training for NYSESLAT Test Administration



This is a state of the art test.

This is the first year of the test. We will learn from this.

  1. Validity
    1. Why we have the test, based on ESL and ELA standards
    2. Learning Standards told us what the children needed to achieve
    3. This is a different test; will measure achievement only. It is sensitive to the full range of students with varying abilities.
    4. The field tests were given to monolingual as well as bilingual students.
    5. Impact - there is a federal requirement for valid and reliable testing. Capacity to follow. Children through the whole range of skills (ie beginning to transitional)
  1. Structure

1. a. multiple choice

b. short answer

c. writing

d. speaking

2. It is comprehensive

      1. production and reception
      2. social and academic English

3. Overlapping items

4. a. K-1

b. 2-4

c. 5-6

d. 7-8

e. 9-12

Impact: greater sensitivity to changing levels of skills.

  1. Scores
    1. The test will offer three scales
      1. total score
      2. listening/speaking
      3. reading/writing
    1. Offers information on each modality
    2. Raw scores at first, then scale scores

4. Impact

      1. Continued eligibility - must be redefined.
      2. Better program information

D. Four Modalities

    1. There will be data at the modality level. We want to provide a stable score.

E. Vertical Scaling (scaling across grades)

    1. Follows progress from year to year
    2. Small overlap in questions from one grade level to the next
    3. Larger overlap built into experimental testing
    4. Impact ability to project achievement level for coming year
    5. Using some of the same teachers for standard setting
    6. Impact

a. maximizing validity of raw testing system for both achievement and identification

  1. Connection with LAB-R
    1. Purpose of LAB-R is for identification and placement.
    2. It used to be used for determining achievement, but now NYSESLAT will be used for achievement.
    3. Finding children who took both tests

G. Experimental testing

    1. purpose is to link to ELA scores
    2. some schools/students will take another booklet

3. Impact: a elimination for the need for double testing ELA and ESL

  1. Status Right Now
    1. We have set up models of scale scores, based on field test.
    2. We can't finalize the scale scores until after administration in May of 2003.
    3. We completed the scoring.
    4. Conversion charts will be ready by mid August.
    5. Impact - placements for continued eligibility will be made based on raw scores.
  1. Standard Setting history
    1. Asking ESL and ELA teachers to look at actual test questions and identify levels
    2. Impact - find levels of English proficiency of ESL based on performance
  1. Annual measured achievement objective
  2. 1. not determined

  3. Annual yearly progress
  4. 1. not determined

  5. Number of students attaining English proficiency by end of each school year. This is part

of LEAP.

    1. not determined