COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO.68

March 28, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Spring Professional Development Training for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

 

On September 26, 2007, the Board of Education approved the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) as the statewide English language proficiency assessment for the 2008-2009 school year. Following Board approval of the assessment, training was provided to division directors of testing on test administration.

 

To comply with one of the requirements for implementation of the assessment, at its March meeting, the Board of Education rescinded the 2002 English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards of Learning and adopted the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards.  The goal of the WIDA ELP Standards is to provide the foundation to enable ELLs to achieve academically in all content areas. Through the state's participation in the WIDA consortium, an optional placement assessment for English Language Learners (ELLs), WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT), is also available for interested divisions.

 

As part of the Virginia Department of Education's ongoing effort to meet the professional development requirements under Title III, Part A, training will be offered for Title III coordinators on the WIDA ELP Standards and the W-APT. The training will focus on implementation of the WIDA ELP Standards from an instructional perspective.

 

The training will be provided in four locations throughout the state as follows:

 

Date Location Time

May 21, 2008 The Crossroads Institute 9 a.m. 3 p.m.

1117 East Stuart Drive

Galax, VA 24333

(276) 236-0391

 

May 22, 2008 Thomas Fulghum Center 9 a.m. 3 p.m.

4003 Cogbill Road

Richmond, VA 23234

(804) 743-3699

 

May 23, 2008 Massanutten Technical Center 9 a.m. 3 p.m.

325 Pleasant Valley Road

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

(540) 434-5961

 

May 23, 2008 Advanced Technology Center 9 a.m. 3 p.m.

1800 College Crescent

Virginia Beach, VA 23453

(757) 468-8960

 

Materials and lunch will be provided for all participants.

 

Due to space limitations, registration is limited to Title III coordinators or their designee. To register, please complete Attachment A, and fax it to Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist, at (804) 371-7347, on or before April 11, 2008.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist, at the Virginia Department of Education, at (804) 371-0778 or at Stacy.Freeman@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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Attachment

 

a. Professional Development Training Registration Form (Word)