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ELPA Office: October 2012 Notes

October 2012 edition of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) program notes published by the English Language Proficiency Assessments (ELPA) Office.
CELDT Information Guide

The 2012–13 CELDT Information Guide is posted on the CDE CELDT Resources Web page. This document provides information and materials to assist LEAs in understanding, using, and communicating individual and summary results of the CELDT to staff, parents and guardians, and the public. New this year is additional information on assessing students with disabilities, including the following:

Released Test Questions (RTQs)

The Released Test Questions (RTQs) document was updated in September and contains revised rubrics and sample student responses. Strategic revisions to the scoring rubrics were made in the 201213 edition of the CELDT to increase scoring consistency, better reflect common student responses, and provide more consistent gradations between score points. The revisions were done in the areas of grammar and syntax, spelling and mechanics, and vocabulary. This document is posted on the CELDT Resources page of the CDE CELDT Web page.

Guide to Test Reports (GTR) and Test Performance Descriptors

The Guide to Test Reports (GTR), formerly known as Test Results Interpretation Guides (TRIGs), is designed to help staff, parents, and guardians understand the information contained in the CELDT Student Performance Level Report. The GTR is written at an easier readability level than the TRIGs.

A companion document to the GTR is the Test Performance Descriptors, which explains the levels in the four domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing as well as the Overall performance level by grade span. The GTR and the Test Performance Descriptors have been translated into the following languages:

The GTR and Test Performance Descriptors are posted on the Educational Data Systems' CELDT Web site. External link opens in new window or tab.

CELDT Fundamentals Videos
Four streaming CELDT Fundamentals videos are now posted on the Educational Data Systems CELDT Fundamentals Videos External link opens in new window or tab. Web site. The videos are short (approximately 9–20 minutes) and available to staff and the general public. The content is especially critical to staff new to the CELDT. The following are the video titles and topics:

The videos are available in English, with closed captioning in English and Spanish. Later this year, the videos will be available in Spanish.

Release of CELDT 2011–12 Initial Assessment Summary Results

Initial Assessment results for the 2011–12 edition of the CELDT will be posted in late October. Annual, initial, and combined assessment results will be available at the state, county, district, and school levels on the CDE DataQuest Web page.

Report on CELDT Results by Prior Performance Level

The CDE has created a new report to compare students’ current-year CELDT Overall performance level to the same students’ prior-year CELDT Overall performance level by school, district, county, and state levels. The purpose of the report is to assist LEAs in monitoring their students’ progress on the CELDT. This new Web report will be released at the same time as the 2011–12 results and available on the CDE DataQuest Web site. The report will be updated annually when CELDT data are released.

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