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February 26, 2008

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2008.93: ISAT Testing and ELLs

Dear Educators Serving ELLs:

This message is being forwarded to you from the Student Assessment Division at the Illinois State Board of Education. This message includes

  • Recording IEP, 504 and ELL Accommodations for Box 10 on ISAT Answer Documents
  • ELL Accommodations Guidance Document Posted Online
  • Translated Directions and Glossaries for ISAT
  • ELL Accommodations Phone-In Conferences Scheduled
  • Additional ISAT Orders
  • Important Note Regarding Reader Scripts

Recording IEP, 504 and ELL Accommodations for Box 10 on ISAT Answer Documents

On the ISAT, each student receiving an accommodation, regardless if a pre-ID label is used, must have the accommodation manually coded in Box 10 of his or her answer document (see sample Box 10 below). Multiple bubbles may be filled in as appropriate for each section. Please refer to the District & School Coordination Manual for more information.

Accommodations Testing

ELL Accommodations Guidance Document Posted Online

A guidance document for the 2008 state assessment of ELLs has been posted on the ISBE website at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/guidance_for_ell.pdf. It should answer many questions related to the policy and procedures for ELLs this year. Additional questions may be directed to the Student Assessment Division ISBE at 217/782-4823.

Translated Directions and Glossaries

Translated test directions and bilingual glossaries for ISAT have been posted at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/translations.htm. Directions are available in 10 languages for reading, mathematics, and science. Word glossaries are available in 10 languages for mathematics and science (not reading). ELL Students who will use the glossaries should have a chance to get familiar with them before the test administration.

ELL Accommodations Phone-In Conferences Scheduled

Phone-in conferences regarding ELL accommodations on ISAT will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each day there will be one in the morning from 10am to 11:30 and in the afternoon from 2:30 until 4pm. The Tuesday sessions are for CPS district 299 only. That district office will announce the details.

Below is the information needed for the Wednesday and Thursday calls-ins. Barry Pedersen will be presenting. The slides are currently available at this web address, http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/ELL_accommodations.pdf. Also refer to the guidance document mentioned at the top of this message.

Guests should call the phone number shown below for the particular session and provide the confirmation number to the operator. Guests will be in listen-only mode until the end of the presentation. The discussion will then be opened for questions from any caller.

  • 2/27 – 10:00-11:30
    Host: Joyce Zurkowski
    Co-Host: Barry Pedersen
    Speaker: Robin Lisboa
    1-866-686-6743
    Confirmation #: 2 0 8 2 8 1 7 2

  • 2/27 – 2:30-4:00
    Host: Joyce Zurkowski
    Co-Host: Barry Pedersen
    Speaker: Robin Lisboa
    1-866-868-1109
    Confirmation#: 2 0 8 2 8 1 7 6

  • 2/28 – 10:00-11:30
    Host: Joyce Zurkowski
    Co-Host: Barry Pedersen
    Speaker(s): None
    1-866-686-6743
    Confirmation #: 2 0 8 2 8 1 7 2

  • 2/28 – 2:30-4:00
    Host: Joyce Zurkowski
    Co-Host: Barry Pedersen
    Speaker: Robin Lisboa
    1-866-868-1109
    Confirmation#: 2 0 8 2 8 1 7 6

Additional ISAT Orders

The Pearson Assessment Network is currently accepting additional orders for ISAT materials. If you need additional materials, please submit an order as soon as possible.

Important Note Regarding Reader Scripts

Any student being accommodated with a reader script will have her/his own, standard test booklet to follow along with the reading. The student's test booklet form number must match the form number of the reader script, as some test items differ from form to form. All reader scripts match test booklet Form 1. A reader script will be shipped to your district/school with either one or three Form 1 test booklets, depending upon the way it was ordered. Please, take this into account when planning test sessions that use reader scripts.

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