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Transition to New Assessments: Implications for English Learner Instructions and Achievement

February 11-12, 2015 | Salt Lake City, UT

The West Comprehensive Center English Learner (EL) Collaborative, in partnership with the REL EL Alliance,  sponsored Transition to New Assessments: Implications for the Instruction and Achievement of English Learners in Salt Lake City, UT on February 11-12, 2015. This invitational meeting was attended by cross-functional state and district teams responsible for the success of ELs. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss emergent research and best practices with EL experts and western state colleagues including the latest REL regional research, the development of appropriate AMAO targets, and the effective use of formative assessments in everyday classroom practice with EL students. Robert Linquanti and Gary Cook presented the latest information on the assessment of ELs with a special focus on Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) – state and district considerations for the assessment of English Learners; Margaret Heritage presented on Formative Assessment for English Learners. Eric Haas and the REL West team facilitated interactive state and district examination and discussion of current regional research reports to promote improvement in EL achievement with a focus on AMAO goals and the use of formative assessment practices.

The two-day event also featured a state panel discussion on current policy and practices supporting EL achievement for success with each state’s College and Career Ready Standards and new assessments, working sessions for state and district team discussion and planning, and opportunities for cross-state communication and collaboration.

The following documents were presented at the meeting:

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