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Information on and from EducationPlus' Learning Division

Today at CSD, Marlow Barton and Debra Cole (pictured) are offering professional development on World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium (WIDA) and Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (or, ACCESS for ELLs). ACCESS for ELLs is a large-scale language proficiency assessment given to kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners. It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states (like Missouri) to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English.

In the full-day professional development session, participants- anyone administering the ACCESS, or is new to the field of ELL- will review and have time for question and answer sessions on:

• the test & materials
• test distribution & security
• administration of the four parts
• rating the open-ended speaking test
• kindergarten administration

Coming up in January, Marlow and Debra will hold two other WIDA professional development sessions: Introduction to the Missouri (WIDA) ELD (English Language Development) Standards on January 14, and CLIMBS: Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success on January 29th. CLIMBS stands for Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success; the January session is the first of five. The other dates include: Monday, March 11; Thursday, March 28; Tuesday, April 30; Tuesday, May 28. All sessions are still accepting registrations and you can enroll online.

Learn more about MELL, the Missouri Migrant Education and English Language Learning (MELL) program, at

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