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ELPA Office December 2011 Notes

December 2011 Edition of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Program Notes.

CELDT Office, Now the ELPA Office

As of October 1, the CELDT Office adopted a new name—the English Language Proficiency Assessments (ELPA) Office. The name change reflects a priority of the California Department of Education (CDE) in developing the next generation of English language proficiency assessments. The ELPA Office is part of a newly created division at the CDE called the Assessment Development and Administration Division. Only the office and division names have changed. The address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mails remain the same.

Title III Accountability Contact Information

The Title III Accountability staff moved to the Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division at the CDE. For questions regarding Title III Accountability, please contact Stephanie Woo by phone at 916-323-3071 or by e-mail at amao@cde.ca.gov.

2011–12 CELDT Information Guide Available

The 2011–12 CELDT Information Guide was posted in September 2011 on the CDE CELDT Resources Web page. This document provides information and materials to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) in understanding, using, and communicating individual and summary results of the annual administration of the CELDT to staff, parents and guardians, and the public.

The new 2011-12 CELDT Information Guide replaces the former Understanding and Using Individual Results and Explaining Summary Results assistance packets. Information from both of these packets is now combined into one document for publication at the beginning of each administration year.

Release of CELDT 2010–11 Initial Assessment Summary Results

Initial Assessment results for the 2010–11 Edition of the CELDT was posted in October 2011. Annual, initial, and combined assessment results are available at the state, county, district, and school levels on the CDE DataQuest Web page.

Test Results Interpretation Guides Updated

Earlier in the school year, the 2011–12 Test Results Interpretation Guides (TRIGs) for the CELDT were posted in English, Spanish, Chinese (traditional), and Vietnamese. The TRIGs are now available in the following additional languages:

There are two separate TRIGs available: one for kindergarten and grade one (K–1) and another for grades two through twelve (2–12). Both have been translated into each language. The TRIGs are available on the Educational Data Systems’ CELDT Interpretation Materials External link opens in new window or tab. Web page.

CELDT 201A: Reports and Data Management

The CELDT 201A presentation provides information on paper reports and electronic files provided for the CELDT program, as well as supportive information on using and interpreting scores, preparing for the Data Review Module, and obtaining a district’s historical files. The CELDT 201A presentation and script are available on the Educational Data Systems’ CELDT Live! External link opens in new window or tab. Web page.

Data Review Module (DRM) Window

The 2011–12 Edition Data Review Module (DRM) will open for four weeks from Monday, February 13 to Friday, March 9, 2012.The DRM application will contain student records for all students tested during the Annual Assessment (AA) Window (July 1 to October 31, 2011) and whose Answer Books were received by the “Receipt Date for Scoring” deadline of November 9, 2011 or were in shipments requested for pick up no later than November 15, 2011, as published in the Test Coordinator’s Manual.

The purpose of the DRM is to view and make corrections to student demographic data errors prior to the public release of 2011–12 summary results and the calculation of annual measureable achievement objectives (AMAOs) 1 and 2. Reviewing and correcting errors during the DRM also ensures that data are as accurate as possible for school-, district-, and state-level summary reports provided in the spring 2012.

Legislation Update

On October 8, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 124 into law. AB 124 requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the State Board of Education (SBE), to update, revise, and align the English language development (ELD) standards to the Common Core State Standards adopted by the SBE in July 2010. The SBE is to adopt new ELD standards by November 2012. For questions related to the implementation of AB 124, contact the Language Policy and Leadership Office by phone at 916-319-0845.

Archived Presentations and Webcasts of Assessment and Accountability Information Meetings

In September and October 2011, the CDE hosted two one-day meetings to provide LEA staff with the latest information about California’s assessment, accountability, and data management systems. The first meeting was held at the Sacramento Convention Center on September 27, and the second meeting was held at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario on October 4. In response to requests from past attendees, an archived webcast was provided. Archived presentations and webcasts are available on the CDE 2011 North/South Information Meeting Materials Web page. [Note, the preceding Web address is no longer valid.]

CELDT Contract 2012–15

Educational Data Systems has been awarded the 2012–15 contract for the ongoing development, administration, scoring, reporting, and analysis of CELDT. The transition will be seamless. However, this new contract represents the bridge from the CELDT to the next generation English language proficiency assessments that will be aligned to the revised ELD standards.

Questions:   English Language Proficiency Assessments Office | celdt@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0784
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