ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-08-035

Date Created : 09/12/2007


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals; District and School Test Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Diana Julian, Assistant Commissioner
ELDA Score Interpretation Videoconference

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Dr. Ellen Treadway or Charlotte Marvel

Phone Number:


Title III of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires the annual assessment of English language development of all limited English proficient (LEP) students enrolled in Arkansas schools, grades K-12. A committee of Arkansas educators, using the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, selected the English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) as the annual assessment to determine LEP studentsí progress in meeting the standards set forth in the Arkansas English Language Proficiency Curriculum Framework (2006). In accordance with the law, the ELDA was administered in spring 2007 to all English language learners, kindergarten through grade 12.

To assist educators in interpreting ELDA scores from the spring 2007 administration, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) will conduct a videoconference on Monday, September 24, 2007, for English as a Second Language (ESL) program coordinators, ESL teachers, and district and school test coordinators. Dr. Mike Bunch of Measurement, Incorporated (MI) will conduct the training from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Test administration personnel and ESL program coordinators should attend.

Registration for this videoconference will be online at through Wednesday, September 19, 2007. A list of videoconference sites is attached.


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