NDE Updates May 2020
Preliminary Identification of English Learners: Districts who have new potential English Learners (ELs) move in may make preliminary qualification decisions by reviewing Home Language Surveys and available school records. Notify parents of the preliminary decision, begin to serve the ELs in whatever way you are providing instruction, and plan to formally administer a screener once school resumes. When identifying ELs, it is better to err on the side of over-identification than missing some ELs who need services.
Rule 15 Program Reviews: If your district has not completed the annual program review, please plan to do so. Program reviews are required by Rule 15 and will be needed for any future ESEA monitoring visits. There is a template in the Rule 15 Implementation Guide which may be helpful.
ELPA21 Summative: District data files and Individual Student Reports (ISRs) will be available on AIRWays on May 8th. AIRWays can be accessed at the Nebraska AIR portal.
If you have a way to send the ISRs home in May, please do so, along with exit letters where appropriate. If mailing the ISRs is not an option for your district, you may hold them until fall when we presume that students will return to school buildings and send them home at that time.
If your district’s data steward needs the ELPA21 file layout to mass import scores into your Student Information System, let me know and I can send the file layout.
Please wait until after the June 30th upload to ADVISER to re-designate as English Fluent those students who score “proficient” on the ELPLA21 summative.
Also note that Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 RS Operating Systems will no longer be supported for online test administration after the 2019-20 school year. There will be an announcement coming soon on the NE AIR Portal with more information.
ELPA21 Overall Scale scores: Under the previous Online Reporting System (ORS), AIR had the ability to customize fields in various reports. Overall scale scores and standard error scores were included in the district data files but were not on the Individual Score Reports (ISRs). The thought behind this was that overall scale scores were not as relevant to the intended audience of the ISR; they were only included in the ELPA21 files for state reporting systems. With the move from ORS to AirWAYS this year, the option to customize was lost; fields are included in reports on an “all or nothing” basis. Beginning next year, overall scale scores will be on ISRs and in district data files. For this year’s scores, I am working with AIR and NDE’s data team for resolution and I will keep you informed. Your patience is appreciated as there are many factors around assessment and accountability that NDE needs to work through and it will take some time.
ADVISER: There is a recently added field in ADVISER to enter the Language Instruction program (descriptions can be found here) for each EL in your district. This is information that NDE is required to send on to USDE and it only needs to be entered once per year. It is possible to enter more than one program, such as when students spend part of their day in a Newcomer program and part of their day in ELD classes. For the 2019-20 school year, the due date is June 30th. Beginning with the 2020-21 school year and going forward, the due date will be September 30th, the same date as membership counts.
Title III eligible expenditures: If your district is providing technology access or specific instructional resources only to English Learners and their families, those are allowable expenses for Title III. If your district is providing technology access or instructional resources to all students, Title III can’t be used to pay for the portion going to English Learners.
Instructional Resources for ELs: There are some impressive outreach efforts being made across the state to provide instructional resources for ELs. If you need additional resources, check out:
a. NDE has an e-learning page which includes vetted sites divided by content area, including English Learners.
b. New packets are available from UNL’s ICMEE team. The packets support learners in grade bands K-1, 2-3, and 4-5, are aligned to Nebraska content standards, and require no technology. Check the ICMEE site weekly for updates, including summer school packets.
c. Title III Consortia Directors have some great lists of resources:
i. ESU 3 maintained by Dawn Ferreyra
ii. ESU 4 maintained by Jen Madison
iii. ESU 7 maintained by Mark Brady
iv. ESU 10 maintained by Theresa Ritta-OIson
New Nebraska Child Care Referral Network: Please help spread the word about a great new resource- a searchable database to help those who need childcare. The site can be accessed at https://www.nechildcarefererral.org/
2018-2019 ESU #3 Meetings and Events
Friday, May 3, 2019 - Spring Title III District Coordinator Meeting
LINK to Google Form for your input on a collaborative professional learning event (remains open until October 1, 2018)
UPDATED AGENDAS - INCLUDE INFORMATION AND LINKS FROM THE MEETING
LINK to UPDATED agenda from September 6, 2018 Fall meeting
NET News: Addressing the Achievement Gap in Nebraska - July 2018 LINK to radio story
2017-2018 ESU #3 Meetings and Events
EL Levels and Jagged Profiles (Brooke David Presentation & Resources)