U.S. Department of Education: New Report Examines Criteria for Measuring the Progress of English Learners
The U.S. Department of Education released a draft report today examining approaches to setting criteria for measuring the progress of English learners in classrooms as part of a four-year project led by American Institutes for Research (AIR). The final fully-formatted version of the report will be posted on the ED website in early March of 2012. The report, National Evaluation of Title III Implementation Supplemental Report: Exploring Approaches to Setting English Language Proficiency Performance Criteria and Monitoring English Learner Progress, provides examples of various ways states can use enhanced data systems to address key questions like:
What does English language proficiency mean?
How long does it take to become English proficient?
How do we take into account the English language proficiency level in setting academic progress for proficiency expectations?
The report describes several empirical methods and conceptual/theoretical rationales to help state policymakers, standard-setting panels, and the technical advisory panels and assistance providers supporting them. The report was a collaborative effort among Gary Cook of the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, Robert Linquanti of WestEd, and AIR staff led by Marjorie Chinen.
The four-year project funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Policy and Program Studies Service, and led by a team of experts from AIR is evaluating Part A of the Title III Program, which provides federal grants to assist states and local governments in addressing the needs of limited English proficient children and immigrant youth. Three additional reports will be issued in the coming months.
For more information about the National Evaluation of Title III Implementation, please contact James Taylor (jtaylor at air dot org) at AIR or Andrew Abrams (Andrew.abrams at ed dot gov) at the U.S. Department of Education, Policy and Program Studies Service.
The report is available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/opepd/ppss/reports.html#titleiii
February 12, 2012
Draft report: Exploring Approaches to Setting English Language Proficiency (ELP) Performance Criteria and Monitoring English Learner Progress
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