WERA/OSPI Annual Conference

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Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) present the WERA/OSPI Annual Conference on December 9–11, 2015 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center.

Education Northwest presenters are involved in the following sessions:

What Do Elementary School Administrators Need To Know To Ready Their Schools For Incoming Kindergarteners?

Presenters: Fiona Innes Helsel, manager, research and evaluation; and Elizabeth Vale Gandhi, research and evaluation
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Many states have cradle-to-career initiatives that stress the importance of early education on later outcomes. Preparing students for the transition to kindergarten is a key component of school readiness. Educators are focusing on this transition, suggesting that getting schools ready is a fundamental component of the readiness puzzle; however, elementary school administrators receive little guidance in this area. Our session will explore the evidence-based components that elementary administrators need to address and provide practical examples of how to address these components.

The Foundation of an Early Warning System: Selecting and Validating Indicators of High School Graduation and College Readiness

Presenter: Ashley Pierson, senior researcher
Thursday, December 10, 2015
This presentation discusses how to select and validate indicators of high school graduation and college readiness and set on-track thresholds for those indicators, using the example of an urban Oregon school district. These indicators are the foundation of an early warning system that can identify which students need additional support in order to graduate high school and succeed in college and assist in directing students to appropriate coursework. This session will discuss the analytical methods used in validation and is most appropriate for those familiar with quantitative analysis methods.

A Deeper Dive into the Academic Performance of ELLs and Former ELLs

Presenters: Jason Greenberg Motamedi, senior researcher, Education Northwest; and Greg Lobdell, president, Center for Educational Effectiveness
Thursday, December 10, 2015
The number of English language learners (ELLs) has dramatically increased in Washington, yet we know little about how they perform after gaining English proficiency. This presentation examines the number of years it takes ELLs to reclassify as former ELLs, and then examines their academic performance using new data from the Washington Achievement Index. After diving deeper into a new data set, this presentation reports that the relationship between years in bilingual education, years after reclassification, and other student factors are more complex than originally believed.