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TESOL – Releases Statement on Every Student Succeeds Act

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TESOL Releases Statement on Every Student Succeeds Act

Alexandria, VA (4 December 2015) — The recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the U.S. House of Representatives is a major step forward in bringing significant changes to public education in the United States. TESOL International Association is encouraged that this effort to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) keeps a strong focus on supporting the needs of English language learners (ELLs) and is moving forward in a bipartisan manner. Although the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) recognized the needs of ELLs, ESSA makes significant and long overdue improvements to problematic areas of that legislation. First and foremost, it de-emphasizes the high stakes assessment practices that have become the focus of public education. As President Obama noted recently, testing should not “crowd out teaching and learning,” nor should it drive instruction so that teachers are simply teaching to the test. TESOL is also very pleased that ESSA maintains the historic federal commitment to support disadvantaged students, which is at the center of ESEA, and does not include provisions such as the Title I portability proposal that TESOL International Association and other education groups have opposed. Because ELLs continue to be one of the fastest-growing student populations in the United States, English language development will become a priority in statewide accountability systems under Title I of ESSA. TESOL is especially pleased that the legislation not only maintains the commitment of federal funds to support language instruction for ELLs and immigrant students under Title III, but also reflects higher authorization levels advocated for by TESOL International Association and many of its partners in the education community. The diversity of the ELL population and the complexities of second language acquisition are also reflected in several of the new provisions in ESSA. As part of the reporting requirement under Title I, states will be required to report on the academic performance of ELLs but also on long-terms ELLs and those with special needs. In addition, the legislation allows states to exclude test results for those newly arrived students who are first learning English, and it includes the performance of former ELLs for reporting purposes up to four years. TESOL International Association is very pleased that these provisions, which are supported by TESOL and its partners, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Association for Bilingual Education, are included in the final language of the bill. While these elements are encouraging, the bill could have gone further in other areas. Although language in the bill includes broader support for professional development for teachers in working with ELLs, the legislation does not include any specific proposals or mechanisms to increase the number of English as a second language and bilingual specialists, which are needed in U.S. schools. Moreover, the legislation does not provide explicit support for high quality bilingual education, dual language programs, and multilingual enrichment programs that are valuable assets in meeting the demands of a globally competitive economy. TESOL greatly appreciates the cooperative efforts by the leaders of the U.S. Congress to develop this bipartisan, bicameral bill. The much needed fixes to NCLB are long past due. It is time to focus on modernizing the education system in the United States so that all students and teachers receive the resources and support they need. – See more at: http://www.tesol.org/news-landing-page/2015/12/04/tesol-releases-statement-on-every-student-succeeds-act#sthash.kT5CMlTY.dpuf”

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KY Dept of Education Assessment Regulations Training

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“The Commonwealth of Kentucky has several regulations which govern the administration of Kentucky’s Assessment and Accountability Program. These regulations are supplemented with guides and manuals specific to each assessment.

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​Annually, those persons who administer any part of a state assessment must complete training sessions regarding the assessments. The main regulations are the Administration Code for Kentucky’s Educational Assessment Program and Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability.

Training concerning these regulations is updated annually to reflect regulation revisions and clarification of materials.

 

All individuals participating in the administration of the testing program shall comply with the Administration Code for Kentucky’s Educational Assessment Program and Inclusion of Special Populations.”

There is a collection of training resources available for use.  Click the link below to utilize this great resource.

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OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab

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The professional resources listed below are both theoretical and practical. The list includes links to organizations and journals of interest to language teachers and language policy developers, as well as to a selection of online teaching and reference materials. Each of these links is a portal to an extensive collection of further resources for the professional ESL community.”

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KY Dept of Education: Assessment Regulations Training

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“The Commonwealth of Kentucky has several regulations which govern the administration of Kentucky’s Assessment and Accountability Program. These regulations are supplemented with guides and manuals specific to each assessment.
Main Content
Annually, those persons who administer any part of a state assessment must complete training sessions regarding the assessments. The main regulations are the Administration Code for Kentucky’s Educational Assessment Program and Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability.

Training concerning these regulations is updated annually to reflect regulation revisions and clarification of materials.

 

All individuals participating in the administration of the testing program shall comply with the Administration Code for Kentucky’s Educational Assessment Program and Inclusion of Special Populations.”

KY Dept of Education: Assessment Regulations Training