Tim Boals-Opening Statement

From: edequity@phoenix.edc.org
Date: Wed Mar 01 2000 - 10:19:10 EST

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    Dear Equity Listserv Members:

    In the state of Wisconsin, we have developed a framework for conducting
    standards-based (academic) assessments of English Language Learners (ELLs)
    the classroom level. The framework provides teachers of ELLs what we call
    alternate performance indicators (APIs), which are observable, measurable
    indicators of progress aligned with the same academic standards all other
    children must meet. We believe the APIs and accompanying sample assessment
    give teachers direction for guiding curriculum development and assessment
    progress for a group of students that have far too often been left out of
    accountability loop.

    While the APIs, guidebook for their appropriate use, and the principal
    rubric known as MECCA (Measuring Essential Communication in the Content
    can be used for any ELLs, they are particularly helpful in providing
    feedback on
    the progress of ELLs at the early and intermediate stages of English
    growth, as ELLs do not participate in the state's regular academic
    until the advanced intermediate designation (this is by administrative

    I am looking forward to participating in this discussion. If you would like
    information about accountability for ELLs in Wisconsin, you can visit our
    website at <www.dpi.state.wi.us>. Once there, go to programs, Equity
    Team, Bilingual/ESL programs. I have a couple of articles on assessment
    Additional info can also be found at the Office for Educational
    page (listed under programs). Unfortunately, the APIs and guidebook are
    not yet
    available on line but we expect to have it available within a couple of
    There will also be a CD-ROM version available for sale by May or June.

    Tim Boals, Consultant
    Bilingual/ESL Education Program
    Equity Mission Team
    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
    PO Box 7841, Madison WI 53707-7841
    (608) 266-5469, Fax (608) 267-0364

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