Assessments

  • Federal and Massachusetts state laws require that students identified as English Learners (ELs) be assessed annually to measure their proficiency in each of the four language domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  In fulfillment of these laws, all students, in Kindergarten- Grade 12, identified as English Learners (ELs) are required to participate in the ACCESS test. In addition to the ACCESS test, the Framingham Public school system has created and adopted assessments that further evaluate students’ social and academic English language development, as well as proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese for students’ participating in the Two-Way and Transitional Bilingual Programs.English Proficiency Assessment Below is a list of the assessments offered to our students:
    English Language Proficiency Assessments for students identified as English Learners:
    All students identified as English Learners in grades Kindergarten-12 will complete the following assessments:
    ACCESS 2.0:
    ACCESS 2.0 will be administered between January 4-February 8, 2019
    ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Learners) is a secure, state-mandated large-scale English language proficiency assessment given annually to monitor students' progress in learning academic English.  This assessment the four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and corresponds to the WIDA English Language Development Standards.

    District developed ESL Writing Assessment:
    The Framingham Public School district developed a ESL Writing Assessment aligned to the  WIDA and Common Core Standards. The purpose of this district-wide summative assessment is to:

    • drive our instruction with the most current data of the English language development and progress of our students.
    • show trends of strengths and areas to develop across the district.
    • inform the development of Student Success and Acceleration Plans.

    This assessment will be administered biannually during the following testing window:

    • Fall assessment testing window: October 3rd-October 17th, 2018
    • Spring assessment testing window: April 22nd-May 6th, 2019

    Kindergarten 2018-19  Reading and Vocabulary assessments for students that participate in the TBE and Two-Way Bilingual Programs:
    APRENDA:
    The APRENDA assessment will be administered in March 2019.
    Students in grades 3-5, that participate in the Two-Way Bilingual program at Barbieri Elementary School,  complete the vocabulary and reading comprehension APRENDA assessments in Spanish. APRENDA is aligned with the  National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Science Education, and the National Council for Social Science Standards.  This data is used to monitor students’ Spanish language development and progress and inform teacher instruction.

    District Developed reading assessment in Portuguese for students participating in the Two-Way and TBE programs:
    Students that participate in the Two-Way and TBE programs at Potter Road, Woodrow Wilson and Fuller will be assessed in the following reading concepts:
    This reading assessment is administered at least twice a year.

    • letter knowledge
    • phonemic awareness
    • decoding
    • fluency
    • comprehension

    Sistema de evaluación de lectura and Rigby:
    Students that participate in the Two-Way and TBE Programs at Barbieri and Brophy will complete the Sistema de Evaluacion (Grades K-2)  and Rigby (Grades 3-5). Both assessments evaluate in the following reading concepts:
    This reading assessment is administered at least twice a year.

    • letter knowledge
    • phonemic awareness
    • decoding
    • fluency
    • comprehension

    District Developed 6-8 Spanish Language Development Assessment:
    Students in grades 6-8 that participate for the Two-Way program complete a district developed test that evaluates the student's’ progress in each of the following areas:
    This assessment is administered annually.

    • speaking
    • listening comprehension
    • grammar
    • reading comprehension
    • writing

    Student Oral Language Observation Matrix (SOLOM):
    The SOLOM is a rating scale that teachers use to assess students' command of social and academic oral language in Spanish and Portuguese during  authentic situations. SOLOM will be administered annually to monitor students’ progress in the following areas of oral language development:

    • listening comprehension
    • vocabulary
    • fluency
    • grammar
    • Pronunciation

    Students in grades 3-12 will take the  Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS):
    All students in the Massachusetts Public School System will be taking the MCAS 2.0 test.  This assessment is given to students beginning in grade 3 to help informs parents, teachers and students of a child’s strengths, areas that benefit from further development and informs teacher instruction.
    Students identified as English Learners in their first year of enrollment in U.S. public schools have the option of not participating in the ELA portion of the MCAS.  All ELs, without exception, must participate in MCAS Mathematics and Science and Technology/Engineering tests scheduled for their grade, regardless of year of enrollment in U.S. schools.   Students identified as English Learners who are in their second year of enrollment, or beyond must participate in all MCAS testing.
    Students identified as English Learners,  who are proficient Spanish-speaking students in grade 10 and have been enrolled in schools in the continental United States for fewer than three years, may take the English/Spanish MCAS in Mathematics if they are able to read and write at or near grade level in Spanish.
    Students with Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plan will receive accommodations as stated in their Plan.  This is the link to the statewide testing schedule.

    Authentic assessment:
    The Framingham Public School district utilizes portfolio assessment across the grade levels to showcase student accomplishments and demonstrate academic growth and mastery of grade level standards.

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