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National Standards and reporting to parents on the progress and achievement of students who are English language learners
The Ministry has updated the guidelines provided for reporting the progress and achievement of English language learners to parents to be consistent with the requirement of NAG2A. Schools with funded ESOL students have been advised of this change via letter.
NAG 2A states:
Where a school has students enrolled in years 1-8, the Board of Trustees, with the principal and teaching staff, is required to:
The revised guidelines state that schools must report English language learners’ progress and achievement to parents and student in relation to the reading and writing National Standards. The guidelines also recommend that schools use the English Language Learning Progressions to report progress towards meeting the National Standards.
This is an opportunity to reaffirm the use of the English Language Learning Progressions as effective teaching practice for this learner group. As many English language learners will initially be below the expectations of National Standards, assessing progress in relation the English Language Learning Progressions will help parents see that their child is making progress towards meeting the reading and writing National Standards. Teachers will be better able to support students’ language learning and therefore English language learners will be more .likely to make accelerated progress towards meeting the expectations of the National Standards.
Report English language learners progress and achievement to students, parents and boards in relation to the National Standards. It is recommended that schools also assess and report the progress and achievement of some English language learners in relation to the English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP), as the Progressions provide a guide to typical language learning pathways for students learning English as an additional language. Schools and teachers will use an overall teacher judgment to determine whether reporting to parents using the Progressions and National Standards is more appropriate for individual learners. Refer to the Ministry National Standards English language learners’ guidelines for specific advice.
Reporting to parents and boards on an English language learners’ progress and achievement in mathematics must be in relation to the national mathematics standards.
Examples of how a school can report to parents in alignment with the new guidelines have been updated, and are available on Assessment Online.