One of ELPA21’s top priorities is to provide high-quality professional development opportunities and resources to all English language learner (ELL) teachers and content teachers so that their students can experience the full benefits of the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and the ELPA21 assessment system.
The ELPA21 Professional Development (PD) Task Force is working with ELL experts and educators from ELPA21 states to develop materials and guidance that can be used in group trainings and accessed by individual teachers. This comprehensive toolkit will consist of six online training modules that focus on classroom implementation of the ELP Standards. They will address topics for both ELL and content teachers, including ELP Standards implementation, English language application, and students’ understanding of language and content.
In March 2015, 16 educators met with members of the ELPA21 PD Task Force to officially kick off the content development process. Release of the materials is expected in the fall of 2015. Please check the ELPA21 Professional Development page for more news about professional development resources and the ways that ELPA21 is working with teachers and other educators to serve English language learners.
The 2016 testing window lasts from early February to the end of April. Districts identify students being tested using the Kansas Individual Data on Students (KIDS) system by uploading a KELPA TEST request. It has not been determined which test will be used. Information will be posted here, on the Assessment Coordinators listserv, and on the ESOL listserv as soon as an assessment is approved.
For more information about Kansas' involvement in ELPA21, contact Phyllis Farrar at email@example.com or 785-296-1891.