SWO ESL Consortium Update


May Testing Coordinator's Update from ODE:

Information from May's Newsletter regarding OELPA:

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.

OPELA Update

Andrew Hinkle from ODE, in a group meeting with Special Educators and a follow-up conversation with me, confirmed that students who are Deaf and students who are Blind will be excluded from appropriate segments of the OELPA during the Spring 2017 administration. This exclusion of this score will not impact the student's overall Composite. These are the ONLY TWO categories indicated on an IEP that will be included in this exclusion for Spring 2017. Information regarding this exclusion will be forthcoming in the OELPA Manual update late Fall.

Meeting Dates for 2016-2017

Please add these to your schedules and plan on joining us!

@the ESC.

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

If you have any of the following needs for the upcoming year, please contact the Consortium and we will be happy to assist you!

- Professional Learning and Staff Development

- ESL Program Consulting

- ESL Program Compliance or Instructional Audit/Needs Assessments

-ESL Teaching Staff needs

-Assessment Materials

-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.





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