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Exploring the Impact section on ESOL Online

Hi everyone

 In this update I want us to explore the recently updated esolonline Impact section.

As mentioned last week this week is Tongan Language Week, The theme for this year is; “Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘aki’ a e faiva’ a e Tonga” - Enriching Aotearoa New Zealand with Tongan arts. I provided some links in last week’s update and you may also like to explore Tongan language games .

Chinese language Week – next week is Chinese language week from 7-15 September this event was begun last year for the first time. This page has events and resources.   The Asia New Zealand Foundation is also a great place for resources and ideas.

Impact Section

Recently the Impact section on esolonline was updated so I thought this would be a great opportunity to take a relook at it. We are still waiting for the buttons to the new subsections to be added to the ESOL Online landing page so in the meantime you will need to open the Impact section to find them.  

Some teachers seem to be confused about the name of this section and what it contains. It is about the impact your teaching is having on student learning. Therefore the impact pages contain information on assessment and reporting.

 “What happened as a result of the teaching, and what are the implications for future teaching? 
In this learning inquiry, the teacher investigates the success of the teaching in terms of the prioritised outcomes, using a range of assessment approaches. They do this both while learning activities are in progress and also as longer-term sequences or units of work come to an end. They then analyse and interpret the information to consider what they should do next.” The New Zealand Curriculum, page 35

Previously the Impact area also contained some Home-school partnership advice but this is now located in the Teacher needs, Professional Readings, Home-School page. We also have a link to the TKI NZC Community Engagement site in the Impact reporting to families section.

The new Impact section is divided into two main tabs:

  1. Assessment processes, tools and resources  -The assessment process refers to the ongoing cycle of assessment undertaken over the school year. It includes the use of formal and informal tools and involves reporting at key stages in the school year to all relevant stakeholders including learners, families, teachers, school management, and the Ministry of Education. This section has been subdivided into:
  • Assessment processes - learn about the types of assessment you will need to do on an ongoing basis and the need to track progress on ELLP.  It is subdivided into primary and secondary under two further sections:
    • Diagnostic and placement assessment
    • Ongoing Assessment

You will need to click onto the green tabs to open the relevant sections but you will stay on the same page

  • Assessment Toolslists of various assessment tools you could use in both primary and secondary situations
  1. Tracking progress and reporting-   this section has been divided into 4 tabbed sections :
  • Tracking learner progress - which includes assessment tools to assist with tracking learner progress.
  • Reporting- which includes reporting to families and resources for parents.
  • National Standards which is further subdivided into:
    • NZC Literacy National Standards and ELLs Guidelines
    • NZC Mathematics National Standards and ELLs Guidelines
    • Tracking NS progress
    • Reporting NS progress and achievement
  • Qualifications - which is further subdivided into
    • Pathways
    • NCEA –
      • EL Unit Standards, -EL unit standards- assessment links and resources
      • Level 1 achievement standard literacy pathway,
      • L1 literacy unit standards pathway
      • UE assessment links and resources

I hope that you take the time to explore this new section. We think you will find it easier to find what you are looking for as it is more logically organised.  We are very fortunate to have the new ELLP Module 6 which explains the new MOE ESOL funding process and the ongoing ELLP modules for teacher PLD on the use of ELLP. As the ELLP resource itself is located under student needs we have kept all the ELLP material together but you will find links to them from the Impact section.

However it is likely that you will have assessment and reporting questions that haven’t been answered here. If so please write and ask as I am sure someone in the community will have the knowledge or what you are looking for. Or it may be that we have forgotten something that should be included in the Impact section – just let us know.

Impact Reflection Questions

  1. Are the assessment tools that we are using appropriate for ELLs? If not do we carefully interpret the data in light of this information? How can we accommodate for this?
  2. Are we assessing and tracking learner progress in oral language, reading, writing and vocabulary?
  3. Do we report student progress to migrant parents appropriately?
  4. Do report progress in regard to each learning area as well as language progress? As well as in regard to National Standards?
  5. Do we disaggregate data for different learner groups and ethnicities in our school and report on these to the BOT and the MOE?
  6. Are the ELL assessment processes which are in place in our school, appropriate? E.g. who carries out the assessments, what is assessed, how often, the tools used, the interpretation of the data, how the information is reported, monitored and tracked? Etc.
  7. Do we need to review our school policies to better reflect the needs of English language learners?

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