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AB-2763 English language education: English learners: observation protocol.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/19/2018 04:00 AM
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Revised  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2763


Introduced by Assembly Member O’Donnell
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Gonzalez Fletcher)

February 16, 2018


An act to add Section 313.3 to the Education Code, relating to English language education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2763, as amended, O’Donnell. English language education: English learners: observation protocol.
Existing law requires each school district that has one or more pupils who are English learners to assess the English language development of each pupil. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop and administer tests to assess the English language development of pupils whose primary language is a language other than English, and requires that the tests include, but not be limited to, an assessment of achievement of these pupils in English reading, speaking, and written skills, in accordance with specified criteria.
This bill would require the State Department of Education, on or before November 30, 2019, June 30, 2020, to develop a standardized English language use teacher observation protocol for use by teachers in evaluating a pupil’s English language proficiency, as provided. The bill would require the department, in developing this protocol, to consult with teachers and experts, as provided. The bill would also require the department to develop and make available to local educational agencies, including charter schools, professional development tools to train teachers on the use of the protocol.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 313.3 is added to the Education Code, to read:

313.3.
 (a) As required by federal law, on or before November 30, 2019, June 30, 2020, the department shall develop a standardized English language use teacher observation protocol for use by teachers in evaluating a pupil’s English language proficiency, as required by paragraph (2) of subdivision (f) of Section 313.
(b) (1) The protocol shall be designed to be used by teachers to evaluate a pupil’s use of English while engaging in academic content learning, including interactive language use with peers.
(2) The protocol shall be designed to allow teachers to assess language practices across a range of proficiency levels in order to help teachers identify pupils’ performance along the continuum of progress toward proficiency in English.
(3) The protocol shall be designed to be used for all English learner pupils, including those who have individualized education programs.
(4) The protocol shall be designed for use by content area teachers at all grade levels, English language development teachers, bilingual teachers, and special education teachers, and shall be designed for ease of use by educators.
(5) The protocol shall be aligned to the English language development standards and the performance levels for the English language development test described in Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 60810) of Part 33 of Division 4 of Title 2.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the protocol additionally be useful to all of the following:
(1) Teachers, as a formative assessment tool for purposes of supporting pupils’ progress toward proficiency in English during the school year.
(2) Teachers’ discussions with parents regarding pupils’ progress toward English language proficiency.
(3) Institutions of higher education in the preparation of new teachers.
(d) (1) In developing this protocol, the department shall consult, at a minimum, with current content area teachers at different grade levels, English language development teachers, bilingual teachers, and special education teachers, and with experts with demonstrated experience in observing and documenting pupil academic language practices and in developing and administering assessments for English learners. The department shall ensure that the majority of individuals with whom it consults are currently teaching, credentialed teachers who regularly instruct English learner pupils.
(2) Before the development of the protocol pursuant to subdivision (a), In developing the protocol, the department shall pilot the protocol with educators and pupils, and refine instruments and guidelines as needed.
(3) The department shall also conduct a validation process to ensure the protocol appropriately assesses the intended target language constructs, demonstrates a meaningful relationship to the performance levels for the English language development test and assessed classroom language use, and reflects pupil progress toward attaining targeted constructs.
(e) The department shall provide guidance to local educational agencies, including charter schools, on the use of the protocol.

(e)

(f) The department shall develop and make available to local educational agencies, including charter schools, professional development tools to train teachers on the use of the protocol. These tools shall may include, but are not limited to, audio and video samples of English learner pupils’ language use for the purpose of assisting educators using the protocol in calibrating judgments about observed language use.

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