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January 30, 2012

NEW!  Important Second Semester information on the W-APT!

Second semester guidelines for W-APT test administration begin January 30.  This means there will be grade cluster shifts for some grades.

Follow these guidelines:

Kindergarten W-APT- Continue to administer only the Listening/Speaking test to "new to country" students with little or no English.

Begin to administer all 4 parts of the Kindergarten W-APT to students who have been in school and have some reading and writing skills.

First Grade W-APT-    Begin using the Grade 1-2 Cluster Test.  (Do NOT use the Kindergarten test anymore.)

Third Grade W-APT-   Begin using the Grade 3-5 Cluster Test.  (Do NOT use the Grade 1-2 test anymore.)

Sixth Grade W-APT-   Begin using the Grade 6-8 Cluster Test.  (Do NOT use the Grade 3-5 test anymore.)

Ninth Grade W-APT-  Begin using the Grade 9-12 Cluster Test. (Do NOT use the Grade 6-8 test anymore.)

***Test materials for Grade 6-8 will be dropped off at schools by your TOSA.  Please add these new test materials to the K-5 test binders in your schools.  

***Test materials for 6th graders in Middle Schools will also be dropped off by TOSAs.  

NEW!  Guidelines for W-APT completion during ACCESS for ELLs Testing Window     

1.  Continue to complete the W-APT at your school for new-to-district students through Friday, February 3, 2012.  

2.  STOP completing the W-APT testing during the ACCESS window (February 6-March 23).  

3.  Use the Placement Test Report from either Bonnie Lawrence (e-mailed to ELL teachers in a pdf form) or the Student Placement Center (sent through inter-district mail) to determine the correct Tier for the ACCESS for ELLs

4.  YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO REFER TO THE WIDA TIER FLOW CHART FOR DETERMINING THE CORRECT TIER.  

5.  Look for the Composite Proficiency Level on the report from Student Placement and use that to determine the ACCESS for ELLs Tier.  Bonnie Lawrence will enter that CPL as their CAMPUS ELL level during the testing window.

6.  Add all new students to your ACCESS excel file and include their Tier.  

7.  Continue to complete the W-APT tests AFTER the ACCESS for ELLs window closes.  March 26-June 7.

NEW!Still Confused about W-APT Reporting?

Do you remember exactly what to do when you finish W-APT testing?  

Do you remember which numbers go into which boxes on the on-line calculator?  

Remember to watch the video that explains what to do when you finish your W-APT testing - scroll to the bottom of the Wiki to see the video.

Video Title:  W-APT on the ELL Wiki      

Find it on the Wiki: (http://eldforellteachers.pbworks.com/)  

NEW!Elementary W-APT Completion Instructions:

Elementary ELL teachers are expected to complete the Speaking and Writing components of the W-APT test for new-to-district students in Grades 1-5, and the Listening/Speaking test for all new Kindergarten students.  As you receive the scoring sheets for new students from either Bonnie Lawrence or Student Placement Center, please continue to use WIDA's online scoring calculator to calculate all four components.   Remember to enter the "number of correct answers", not the proficiency level.  Enter the student's grade, the correct grade cluster test you used, and the "correct number of answers" into the scoring calculator before you print.  Remember to choose the "Printer Friendly Version" to complete and print.  Fax both the Printer Friendly Version of the scores and the Student Placement Center Score Report to Bonnie Lawrence at 651-293-5411.  File both score sheets in the student's CUM folder. 

Check out the ELD for ELL Teachers Wiki .  We continue to add information and answer questions about the W-APT on the Wiki. 

Go to http://eldforellteachers.pbworks.com/  to see what's new or request access. 

For more information or to offer suggestions, contact Sean Fleming.

NEW!ACCESS for ELLs:  Resources for Teacher Preparation

Group Administration Instructions.  This document provides instructions and helpful tips for proctors of the Listening, Reading, and Writing portions of the ACCESS for ELLs:

District and School (Grades 1-12) Test Administration Manual.  This document has been distributed to all School Assessment Coordinators.  Pages 58-79 provide instructions and helpful tips for proctors of the Speaking portion of the ACCESS for ELLs:

ACCESS Sample Items.  This document is a collection of sample test items intended for educators who are interested in better understanding the contents of the ACCESS for ELLs.

NEW!Videos

"Grades 1-12 ACCESS for ELLs Video"

"Kindergarten Assessment Video"

Follow this link:  http://www.wida.us/downloadLibrary.aspx to access these videos.  Note:  the video section is on the bottom right hand side of the page.

NEW!ACCESS for ELLs:  Resources for Student Preparation

Speaking and Writing Rubrics Grades 1-12

This document states the expectations at each task level for the Speaking and Writing portions of the ACCESS test.  In order to establish clear expectations, it is recommended that ELL teachers review the rubrics with their students ahead of time. 

NEW!Graphic Organizers Galore!  This document contains a list of various graphic organizers that you can download and print on the given website.

NEW! ELL K-12 EA PLC PD

When:  Thursday, February 2, 2012

Time: 8:30 am to 10:30 am

Where:  Rooms D, E, F / 360 Colborne

NEW! ELL K-12 EA PLC PD

When:  Thursday, February 2, 2012

Time: 8:30 am to 10:30 am

Where:  Rooms D, E, F / 360 Colborne

NEW!Hmong Socials Studies Curriculum Kits SALE!!

Order your Hmong Socials Studies Curriculum Kit today.  The kits are now on sale for half price until the end of the school year (June 2012) only.  

NEW! Somali 101: Introduction to Somali Language

Do you want to learn a welcoming and warm way to connect with your Somali students?  Offered through the ELL Department, you can attend our six-week, Somali 101 class on Tuesdays.  

When:  Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where:  Mechanical Arts Room / Washington

NEW!Hmong 101: Introduction to Hmong Language

Do you want to learn a welcoming and warm way to connect with your Hmong students?  Offered through the ELL Department, you can attend our seven-week, Hmong 101 class on Wednesdays.  

When: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: Mechanical Arts Room / Washington

A Resourceful Handbook for Educators

Accommodating and Educating Somali Students in Minnesota Schools: A Handbook for Teachers and Administrators to Help Bridge Cultural Understanding by authors Mohamed Farid and Don McMahan.  This handbook costs $20.00 per copy.  Please order from the following:
Nura Mohamed Hussein
4555 Taylor Street
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Phone:  763-574-7352    or    763-528-0768