Ms. Wiley's ELL - Archive


ACCESS Testing Begins Jan. 9th

posted Jan 8, 2018, 10:36 AM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 10:36 AM by Laura Karstens ]

Hello Stargate Elementary Parents,

This email is to inform you that we will begin our annual ACCESS testing for English Language Learners next week. Our testing window will be from January 9th through February 9th. Please be advised that at some point during this time frame, your child(ren) will be removed from class for testing for a time period of no less than 45 minutes and no more than 2.5 hours based on their individual English ability levels in the areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening. One change continuing from last year is that the assessment will take place online for 1st-5th grades (Kindergarten will continue with the one on one student/administrator format). In order to ensure that the students feel comfortable with this testing format, we will also be pulling them from class this week in advance of the actual assessment to watch some instructional videos and complete a few practice items. This (ideally) should take no longer than 30-45 minutes and will serve to help the students feel more confident and prepared going into the test.

We will use this data, along with other standardized testing measures, to determine the best literacy placement for your child in the coming school year. Please be understanding of this and feel free to speak with your child at home about the upcoming testing in an encouraging way that will help to make them feel confident and comfortable. Additionally, please be aware that even if you have waived your child from ELD services this year, there is NO parent opt-out for ACCESS testing. Additionally, because the students are grouped by grade level clusters and tiers, you cannot schedule an assessment time for your student. For more information about the assessment, or to view sample test items, please visit the website below:

https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS20.aspx 

                Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation, and please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Cochran, Mrs. Hischke or myself if you should have any further questions. Have a wonderful day!

ACCESS 2.0 2017 Score Changes

posted Apr 28, 2017, 7:42 AM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 7:42 AM by Laura Karstens ]

2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Changes

To meet language demands of college- and career-ready state standards, WIDA is raising the bar for language proficiency. Students will need to demonstrate higher language skills in 2016–2017 to achieve the same proficiency level scores (1.0–6.0). The changes in ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 scores in 2017 are expected to impact students in the following ways:

  • Some students' scores may go down
  • Fewer students may exit program support

Please check www.wida.us/proficiency to review the following resources to support you in interpreting these score changes:

  • Video and Discussion Guide
  • Recorded webinars
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Handouts for teachers and administrators
  • Score Lookup Calculator
  • Parent/Family flyer translated into 47 languages
  • Individual Student Score Notes
As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns with these new changes.

Stargate Wins ELPA Excellence Award!

posted Feb 13, 2017, 8:14 AM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 8:16 AM by Laura Karstens ]

Hello Stargate Parents!

I am proud to announce that Stargate has won the English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA) Excellence Award, which will allocate a grant to our school in the amount of $6,591.35. Here is some more information about the award itself:

For the 2016-2017 awards, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) identified the Excellence Awardees based on the following criteria for districts and charter schools:

High growth percentiles on the state’s English language proficiency assessment for English learners in program (2015 ACCESS growth);

High growth percentiles on the state’s academic content assessment on English language arts and math for English learners in program (2016 PARCC growth); and

High percentages of ELs that have scored at the highest two levels on the state content assessments of English language arts and math (and when available science and social studies) for ELs that have transitioned out of an English Language Proficiency Program (2016 PARCC).


I am so proud of our students for going above and beyond to help us win this award! GO STARGATE!

ACCESS Testing Window Jan. 9th-Feb. 10th

posted Dec 31, 2016, 4:00 PM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Dec 31, 2016, 4:00 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hello Stargate Parents! The ACCESS for ELLs Assessment window is officially upon us. Please click on the link below for more information on the test itself as well as what you can expect during your child's testing experience:

https://www.wida.us/assessment/access/#about

If you have a child in 1st-9th grades, you should expect them to be pulled out of class for no more than 2 hours and 45 minutes (depending on the child's ability level) at up to three separate intervals. If you have a child in Kindergarten, they will be pulled out for one session lasting no longer than 60 minutes (depending on the child's ability level). Please be advised that there is NO PARENT OPT-OUT for ACCESS Testing. Additionally, because we must split the assessment times into grade level clusters, you may not request a testing time for your child.

If you have a question about the assessment in general or about your child's individual testing schedule, please contact me directly at kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time!

Fall 2016 Waiver/Pull Out Information

posted Oct 7, 2016, 4:16 PM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 4:16 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Good afternoon Stargate families, 

Based on the test results from the language proficiency assessment (W-APT for new students or ACCESS for returning students) your child has been designated by the district to receive English language support services. 

Ms. Kaitlin Wiley is our ELD teacher and by law she is required to provide 45 to 60 minutes of daily language instruction (depending on grade level) during literacy time. This is completed via pull-out small group instruction. 

You may also choose to waive services and have your child stay in their current literacy classroom. 

If you wish to waive services, please visit the front desk to request a waiver meeting. After the waiver meeting your child will stay in their current literacy class for language instruction. Please request to sign a waiver no later than October 14th. After this date, Ms. Wiley will begin pulling ELD students during the literacy block for small group work.

Feel free to email or call Mr. C at 303-450-3936 or josh.cochran@stargateschool.org or Ms. Wiley at 303-450-3936 x. 1150 or kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org if you have any questions. 

Thanks,

Josh Cochran

Delay in ACCESS Test Results

posted Apr 29, 2016, 6:48 AM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 6:48 AM by Laura Karstens ]

Stargate Parents,

We have unfortunately come across a delay at the district level in parents receiving paper copies of their children's ACCESS score reports. WIDA released ACCESS scores Monday afternoon for download, but soon after the district discovered some inaccuracies within the score reports that need to be reevaluated. They have made contact with our vendor, Data Recognition Corporation, and are working with them in order to remedy the errors. Please be patient with us and know that you will receive your student's results as soon as we hear back for the updated reports. Thank you for your cooperation at this time and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Ms. Wiley

Article on Cognitive Benefits of Bilingualism

posted Apr 22, 2016, 7:56 AM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 22, 2016, 7:56 AM by Laura Karstens ]

Many parents feel that by speaking their native language with their children at home, they are somehow hindering their child's progress to learn English. This is simply not the case! Here is a very interesting article on the many cognitive benefits of bilingualism. For our gifted learners, these benefits are amplified because of their already advanced thinking. Please take a moment to read this article and consider giving your child the opportunity to learn and speak your language at home!

http://dana.org/Cerebrum/2012/The_Cognitive_Benefits_of_Being_Bilingual/

ACCESS Testing Jan. 5th-Feb. 12th

posted Jan 5, 2016, 7:34 AM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 7:34 AM by Laura Karstens ]

Hello Stargate Parents! The ACCESS for ELLs Assessment window is officially upon us. Please click on the link below for more information on the test itself as well as what you can expect during your child's testing experience:

https://www.wida.us/assessment/access/#about

If you have a child in 1st-9th grades, you should expect them to be pulled out of class for no more than 2 hours and 45 minutes (depending on the child's ability level) at up to three separate intervals. If you have a child in Kindergarten, they will be pulled out for one session lasting no longer than 60 minutes (depending on the child's ability level). Please be advised that there is NO PARENT OPT-OUT for ACCESS Testing. Additionally, because we must split the assessment times into grade level clusters, you may not request a testing time for your child.

If you have a question about the assessment in general or about your child's individual testing schedule, please contact me directly at kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time!

Literacy Placements/Waivers

posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:00 AM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 8:00 AM by Laura Karstens ]

Good morning Stargate families,  

Ms. Kaitlin Wiley is our ELL teacher and by law she is required to provide 45 minutes of language instruction during literacy time. This is completed via pull-out small group instruction. 

You may also choose to waive services and have your child stay in their current literacy classroom. Please be advised that even if your child is not new to Stargate and you have signed waivers for them in the past, the waiver forms need to be re-signed every year.

If you wish to waive services, please visit Mrs. Zandra Zinn at the front desk to request a waiver meeting. After the waiver meeting your child will stay in their literacy class for language instruction. Please request to sign a waiver no later than September 18th. After this date, Ms. Wiley will begin pulling ELL students during the literacy block for small group work.

Feel free to email or call Mr. C at 303-450-3936 or josh.cochran@stargateschool.org or Ms. Wiley at 303-450-3936 x. 233 or kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org if you have any questions. 

Thanks,

Josh Cochran

W-APT Testing

posted Aug 17, 2015, 3:58 PM by kaitlin.wiley@stargateschool.org   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 3:58 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Hello Stargate parents! Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year here at Stargate! If you have a child who is new to Stargate this year, and speaks any language at home other than English, your child will be required to take a W-APT test with me within the first 10 days of school. This test will help to gauge your child's English language proficiency, and will help to ensure they are placed in the appropriate literacy class with other students on their level. For Kindergarten-5th grade students, you can have the opportunity to have your child tested on their given assessment day (August 27th-28th) so that they do not miss any class. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact me to book a time. However, if your child is not in grades K-5th, or if you do not contact me to test on these 2 assessment days, please be advised that your child will be pulled from regular class time to be tested. Each test must be done one on one with me, and depending on your child's language proficiency level, this can take up to 90 minutes. 

For more information on the W-APT test, please visit the website below. Again, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful year!

https://www.wida.us/assessment/W-APT/ 

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