Symposium: Moving Toward a More Common Definition of English Learner: Takeaways and Applications from a National Dialogue

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Harbor C (Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego)
  • Lily Roberts NCSA 2015-6-23 at 1030 am.pdf (414.0 kB)
  • NCSA 2015 EL Defn Presentation Linquanti & Cook Final.pdf (1.5 MB)
  • NCSA EL Definition Presentation ASSETS June 2015 final.pdf (2.0 MB)
  • Handouts
  • NCSA 2015 EL Defn Presentation Linquanti & Cook Final.pdf (1.5 MB)
  • Content Strands:
    1. Assessments are fair and accessible to ALL students
    2. Assessments yield valuable reports on student progress and performance
    States in four federally-funded assessment consortia must move toward a “common definition of English Learner” in order to bring greater consistency to how the EL subgroup is reported on and served, and to strengthen comparability of assessment results across states within and across consortia. This includes PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and two English language proficiency (ELP) assessment consortia. CCSSO published guidance on this topic in July, 2013, and convened a range of stakeholders for three national working sessions over 18 months to expand guidance on four key stages in which English learners are defined. This symposium reviews learnings from the working sessions and four subsequent publications. SEA representatives from California and the 35-state WIDA ELP Assessment Consortium – which combined serve 2.6 million EL students – discuss how they are using these resources to bring greater coherence to their EL definitions as they implement next-generation ELP assessment systems.