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DCPS Testing Accommodations for ELLs

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Transcript of DCPS Testing Accommodations for ELLs

Conclusion
Questions?
Contact Christine Dahnke
Executive Director of ESOL
dahnkec@duvalschools.org

Francis, Rivera, Lesaux, Kieffer & Rivera (2006) stress state approved
accomodations be used during the school year prior to the administration of the state assessments
.

These opportunities not only provide practice leading up to the assessments, but accomodations
help ELLs achieve success
in ongoing classroom instruction.
And one more thing...
As school site leaders
please adhere to
ethical
principals of testing

Since assessments can be used to
direct instruction and
shape power relations as well as
impose life-changing effects on ELL students,

ALL TESTING SHOULD:

1. assure that the assessment used
will produce the desired information

2. offer appropriate testing accommodations by
reducing the linguistic complexity
of assessment tools whenever possible

3. use test results for
appropriate
purposes

4.
guard against allowing test results to shape attitudes toward ELLs

National Council of Teachers of English
ELLs: A Policy Research Brief
Testing Accommodations for English Language Learners (ELLs)
ELLs may be offered the opportunity to be tested in a separate room with the ESOL or heritage language teacher acting as the test administrator.

Parents must be informed of this option for students not of legal age and shall be given the opportunity to select the preferred method of test administration.
ELLs may take a session of the test during several brief periods within one school day; however, a session of the test must be completed within one school day.
ELLs may be provided limited assistance by an ESOL or heritage language teacher using the student's heritage language.

The ESOL or heritage language teacher may answer student questions about the general test directions in the heritage language.

If the FCAT is administered to a group of students, the teacher may answer questions about the directions for the benefit of the group.

Questions of clarification from individual students must be answered on an individual basis without disturbing other students.
1. Flexible Setting
2. Flexible Scheduling
4. Assistance in Heritage Language
Under NCLB, states and districts are required to offer accommodations to ELLs who are currently receiving services in a program

Think-Pair-Share
Why are accommodations offered for ELLs?
The ESOL or heritage language teacher may answer questions about the general test directions ONLY.

Questions must be answered in a way that the student would not be led to infer the correct answer to any of the items.

The teacher is prohibited from reading words to the student from the passage, test items and performance tasks.
4. Assistance in Heritage Language
Reading
The teacher
may answer
specific inquiries concerning a
word or phrase in a writing prompt
that is confusing the student because of limited English proficiency.

In no case shall assistance be given to the student in responding to the writing prompt.

The teacher is prohibited from reading the entire prompt to the student.
4. Assistance in Heritage Language
Writing
ELLs must have access to an English to heritage language translation dictionary and/or heritage language to English translation dictionary, such as those made available to ELLs in an instructional setting.

However, a dictionary providing definitions written exclusively in the heritage language or in English may not be provided.

Use of electronic dictionaries is strictly prohibited and may be cause for invalidation.
5. Approved Dictionaries
ELLs may be provided additional time; however, a session must be completed within one school day
3. Additional Time

Accommodations are provided to students with disabilities and/or English Language Learners to
assure that
valid results
are obtained and an
accurate estimate
of their skill level is determined
For ELLs, the same accommodations
are available that FCAT offers.

1. Flexible Setting
2. Flexible Scheduling
3. Additional Time
4. Assistance in Heritage Language
5. Approved Dictionaries
Baseline and CGA
The teacher
may answer
specific questions about a
word or phrase
that is confusing the student because of limited English proficiency, but is prohibited from giving assistance that will help the student solve mathematics problems and answer science test items.

A student's questions must not be answered in a way that would lead the student to infer the correct answer to an item.
Assistance In Heritage Language
Math and Science
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