Assessment Newsletter (Volume 7, Issue 8)

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10-18-2019  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 7, Issue 8


FORMATIVE LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP - FOCUS ON ENGLISH LEARNERS (EL)

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English Language Development For English Learners

This workshop explores formative assessment practices that focus students' and teachers' attention on English language development within the context of subject-area classrooms. The purpose is to prepare participants to incorporate new formative language assessment practices into their educational contexts.

Audience: Though teams are encouraged, individual participants also benefit from this opportunity. This workshop is for all those interested in supporting and learning more about language development: EL educators, school principals, administrators, curriculum coordinators, regular classroom teachers, etc.

Through reading, observation, discussions, and professional reflection, participants will be able to:

  • Identify relevant formative assessment practices that advance content learning and language development.
  • Leverage expert roles within disciplinary practices to create opportunities for purposeful language use.
  • Create learning goals and success criteria that support content learning and language development.
  • Use routines that elicit evidence to inform formative feedback.

 

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MAKING SCIENCE MULTILINGUAL PROGRAM

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WIDA Has Joined Forces NSTA To Create A Multilingual Science Conference

WIDA and the National Science Teaching Association have collaborated to create the Making Science Multilingual Program. Join program experts to learn innovative approaches to strengthen language and science reasoning, and engage the nation's most rapidly growing group of students in the exciting world of science. Making Science Multilingual Program experts David Crowther, Rita MacDonald, and Jennifer Wilfrid will present at each of the following NSTA Conferences


ACCESS FOR ELLs ASSESSMENT TRAINING

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 Learn About The Overall Administration Of ACCESS And The Responsibilities For District Test Coordinators And Test Administrators

During the training, participants will learn about the procedures for facilitating the overall administration of ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments. All participants must have computers or tablets to access sample items and the WIDA Assessment Management System. 

Audience: This training is designed for Test Coordinators and Test Administrators. It is available  for ALL and others interested in supporting and learning more about language development: EL educators, school principals, administrators, curriculum coordinators, regular classroom teachers, etc.

Participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the features of each of the different ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments.
  • Describe the training requirements and preparation.
  • Identify the purpose of the WIDA Accessibility and Accommodations Framework.
  • Explain the technology basics for ACCESS for ELLs.
  • Describe the administrative functions of test coordination in WIDA AMS.
  • Explain test administration monitoring and materials management.
  • Identify the different aspects of online test administration such as:
    • Domain test details;
    • Accessibility and accommodations;
    • Monitoring the test administration;
    • Preparing students for the online test platform;
    • Describe the process of test materials management, and;
    • Identify the WIDA AMS responsibilities for test administrators.
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WIDA SCREENER FOR KINDERGARTEN

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WIDA is developing a new Kindergarten Screener that can be used to identify Kindergarten English Learners.This test will replace the KW-APT. The Wyoming Department of Education encourages Wyoming educators to participate and is seeking schools that can administer the Kindergarten Screener during a field test in early 2020. WIDA will provide all test materials and a test administration manual to make the testing process as easy as possible. 

Note: WIDA Screener for Kindergarten is in test development and sites will not receive scores for the students they test. Results will only be used for the test development. Participants who complete the field test process will receive $100 as compensation. For more information, contact Joy Pfeiffer, Assessment Administrative Coordinator at jcpfeiffer2@wisc.edu or at 608-263-2735.

To Sign Up: Complete the participation interest form.


WY-TOPP SCIENCE CONTENT & FAIRNESS REVIEW COMMITTEE

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***Please note the change in dates.***

Call For Participants: Complete survey by October 21

Committee Meeting: November 14 in Cheyenne

This application is for any Wyoming educator interested in participating in either the Science Content Alignment or Science Fairness Review Committee meeting set for November 14, 2019 in Cheyenne. Travel and lodging reimbursements will be offered to committee members who travel 50 or more miles one way to Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne. All applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 18, 2019, will be considered.

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