SWO ESL Consortium Update
May Testing Coordinator's Update from ODE:
Spring 2016 State Test Participation and Accountability Changes for English Language Learners Beginning with the 2016 spring administration, all English language learners regardless of time in U.S. schools must take Ohio’s State Tests and the OGT in all subjects appropriate to grade levels including the English language arts tests (the reading and writing tests for OGT). There are no exceptions.
The department understands that the English language arts test for most recent arrivals may not be meaningful. However, test results will provide baseline data for intervention supports and will be used in growth determinations. Districts are required to meet the 95 percent participation rate of English language arts and mathematics for the English language learner subgroup.
English language learners who are in U.S. schools for less than two school years (noted in EMIS using code S) will not be included in the proficiency calculation of the English language arts and mathematics tests for Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) purposes but will be included in the participation and graduation requirements.
A high school English language learner who is a recent arrival and who participates in Ohio’s State Tests will earn at least one-point credit toward graduation.
Meeting Dates for 2016-2017
Friday, September 2nd - 8:30 - 11:30 am
Thursday, December 1st - 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Thursday, February 2nd - 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Friday, May 5th - 8:30-11:30 am
OhioTESOL Conference = October 7-8
SPRING 2017 OELPA Window = February 6 - March 31
District Needs for 2016-2017
- Professional Learning and Staff Development
- ESL Program Consulting
- ESL Program Compliance or Instructional Audit/Needs Assessments
-ESL Teaching Staff needs
-Instructional Guidance or Materials
Also, if you have topics that you would like to discuss or sub-committees that you would like to form/work on next year, please send ideas! We invite and welcome open collaboration.