• New transitional exit proficiency level for English learners

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    Score reports for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 (administered to all English learners) will be released this month. Scale scores for the assessment were revised by the WIDA consortium to align with the rigorous demands of new college and career ready standards and assessments. As a result, it is projected that fewer English learners statewide will reach proficiency on the assessment, and student scores may appear to go down.

    To address these concerns, the Maryland State Department of Education, in consultation with district staff across the state, examined English learners’ performances on PARCC to determine a transitional exit proficiency level of 4.5 overall on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 for 2017 only. For 2018 and beyond, the state exit proficiency level will be established after analyzing two years of PARCC and ACCCES for ELLs 2.0 data.

    WIDA has developed several resources to help educators, families, and students learn about and respond to the 2017 score changes. Please encourage ESOL teachers to provide parents with the Understanding Your Child’s 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Scores handout (available in multiple languages) with student score reports.

    Click here for other items in the May 18, 2017 Leadership Action Update.