Bilingual / ESL / World Languages
Assessments and Program Components
ELL Entry Exam (W-APT Assessment)
The assessment is used as a baseline and then aligned to the Spring to Spring NJDOE ACCESS exam. Accounting of entry into the program is established when a student demonstrates limited proficiency on the W-APT exam.
ELL Exit Exam (ACCESS)
Exit qualifications are met via the ACCESS for ELL’s or district-wide benchmarks that include multi-exit criterion (teacher and administrative recommendation. Exceptions to the placement policy can derive from the (I&RS) committee and/or student IEP. The assessment helps to determine annual yearly progress.
Other assessments considered in the multi-exit criterion are:
- State and District exams such as STAR Early Literacy, STAR Literacy, STAR MATH & DRA’s (the latter if applicable)
- Progress reports
- Administrative recommendation
Students must score an average increase of one scale score per year. The ultimate goal is for each student to reach a 4.5 overall score. The latter identifies complete fluency and proficiency in English.
Students learning Spanish as a second language will be provided with Common Formative Assessments (CFI’s) to measure their language abilities through content. Additionally, students in grades 3-6 will be administered STAR SPANISH. Students at Dwight Morrow High School who participate in the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy certification will take a state-approved exam using national standards.
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