CCSSO 2015 National Conference on Student Assessment

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The Council of Chief State School Officers 2015 National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) will be held on June 22-24, 2015 in San Diego, California. The primary objective of the NCSA is to promote sharing of information and best practices that will help states achieve their educational purposes through having the strongest assessment systems possible. Assessment systems include those elements essential to assessments (such as content standards and test design) and assessment infrastructure (such as the technologies necessary for conducting high-quality assessments). The conference also supports professional development, assessment research, and accountability systems that use assessment data. This year the conference theme is "Implementing High-Quality Assessments for ALL Students."

Education Northwest will be involved in this 90-minute symposium session presentation of this session on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 10-11:30 a.m.:

A New Look: The Academic Trajectory of English Language Learners Before, During and After Reclassification, and Implications for Accountability Systems

This symposium raises concerns about the validity and fairness of assessing English Language Learners (ELLs), and discusses Washington's effort to establish new accountability measures for ELLs. We do so by first setting the stage, and discussing ELL accountability in the Pacific Northwest, we then narrate a three part story through the findings of three projects that explore the academic trajectories of ELLs at three stages of their academic careers: how the academic performance of students in a dual language program compares to that of similar students not in the program; how long they took to acquire English and reclassify as former ELLs; and how they performed after they reclassified.

Washington administered the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) assessments in spring 2015. The SBAC assessment system is expected to help stakeholders make informed decisions about student learning and will be used for federal and state accountability. Recent work under a new interagency collaborative effort raises concerns about the validity and fairness of accountability systems for English Language Learners (ELLs). This symposium describes the recent findings of three projects involving ELLs:

  1. The Performance of Students in Hillsboro School District’s Dual Language Program
  2. Modeling Proficiency: Time Needed for K–12 English Language Learners To Reclassify and Exit Washington State’s English Learner Services
  3. The Academic Performance of Former ELL Students in Washington. Presenters will share their methodologies, findings, and key takeaways from their studies. Most importantly, the presenters will share ideas on new measures of the effectiveness of Bilingual Programs and for use as an accountability performance indicator.

Symposium Presenters

  • Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica, Senior Researcher, Education Northwest
  • Jason Greenberg Motamedi, Senior Researcher, Education Northwest
  • Andrew J. Parr, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Board of Education
  • Greg Lobdell, President and Director of Research, Center for Educational Effectiveness