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Term3 Week 3: Standardised reading tests

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

     I am going to open this week's update with a plea - sorry! However I am getting an increasing number of questions via email to me rather than as posts to this listserve. I do understand teacher’s hesitancy but these are invariably great questions that the community would benefit from discussing. 


Please email to the listserve by posting to secondaryesol@lists.tki.org.nz. Make sure you put in a subject heading. 

Now to the update! Last week Mandy asked about the use of standardised reading tests, in particular the use of these assessments with ELLs. There were several really helpful replies about this fraught subject which you can read in the thread. It is true that tests standardised for the general school population are not appropriate for assessing ELLs. It is equally true that, in many instances, they are used to assess ELLs! I can understand the needs of schools to collect baseline and ongoing data on students' learning levels across the whole school but am also very aware of the limitations of the available assessments. 


I was very interested in Julie Luxton’s research comparing e-asTTle scores and ELLP stages and her post on the efficacy of the Curriculum Progress Tools (Learning Progressions Frameworks and PaCT). I have a feeling that the latter is going to become increasingly important when the new Literacy standards are rolled out.


Julie is keen to hear from any secondary schools using these tools with ELLs as would I.


Athlyn asked about suggestions for her unit of work Imagined Futures / Careers. Athlyn’s department works closely with the English faculty which assists transition to mainstream - the ultimate goal for our students. Athlyn asked for suggestions on  possible topics. Mandy suggested that students go to the website Careers.govt and completing the questionnaire/survey to find out what kinds of careers might be suitable for them and then research those options. Clare recommended writing a CV and form filling. I am sure Athlyn would welcome further suggestions.


Today Kathry asked for help cross moderating a Level 3 Listening task. Don’t forget our shared document Find a moderation buddy.


Don’t forget the consultations on what high value education means. You can find the draft Policy Statement and how you can send your feedback here. Feedback can be by completion of an online survey or email. Consultation is open until Friday 3 September 2021.


Languages weeks


Tongan Language Week 5-12th September


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori: 13-19th September. The theme is 'Kia kaha te reo Māori’ — ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'. The National Library Services to Schools  post Let's celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori — Māori Language Week has useful ideas and links.




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Early Bird Registration for the 2021 NZLA Conference are now open. 4th -5th October 2021


On other communities

Primary ESOL Online shared a wide range of bilingual/or translated books and stories which I have copied to our document Online tools for ELLs and their teachers.


English Online are looking forward to the upcoming Teacher Only Days. How is your department going to contribute to and use these days? Please share your plans.


Have a great weekend everyone.


Kind regards



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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