Which students need a LALAR?
All English Learners (EL) need a LALAR.
For how long must teachers use the LALAR to monitor progress in English?
Teachers must continue to measure the language progress of their ELs until they are reclassified.
What is the LALAR timeline?
By October, all schools via the principals/department heads will receive pre-slugged LALARs for continuing students. Blank LALARs will be included for any English Learner who does not have a LALAR from the previous year.
LALARs are updated 4 times a year to coincide with progress report periods.
Principals/Department Heads collect the LALARs and submit them to English Learner Support Services (ELSS) by April 30 to be scanned for data collection.
The information will be pre-slugged onto new LALARs and will be included on the EL list from ELSS in the fall.
Do teachers need to keep a copy of the old LALAR?
No, the information will be entered into the Multilingual Programs’ database. The originals will not be returned.
What do teachers do with the LALAR folder at the end of the school year?
Schools will decide how (or if) to pass the folders along to the next year’s teachers or to file the LALARs into the cum folders. At Galileo, ELL students are required to produce a portfolio of their work each May/June. These portfolios and the previous LALARs are kept in three file cabinets. At present these are in the bookroom.
What is the policy for prior LALARs?
Keep them in the cum folders as evidence of previous monitoring.
Can a photocopy be made and sent home with final report cards?
Yes. This is a great idea!
Is the LALAR available in any other languages?
Yes. It is available in Spanish and Chinese. MP recommends teachers use the translated LALAR as tool for communicating to parents their child’s progress in English.
Can we use the LALAR to measure growth in other languages?
No. The LALAR measures skills that are specific to the English language.
How many times should we update the LALAR?
It should be updated at least four times a year: October, January, March, April, however teachers may choose to update them on a week to week or month to month basis.
Does the teacher continue bubbling from point of the old LALAR?
A new LALAR with the previous teacher’s data will be sent to the school during September. The teacher adds to the LALAR as appropriate.
What happens when a 3rd grader moves to 4th grade and the content expectations are higher? If the student isn’t meeting the requirements of the new grade level (in terms of English language development) even though s/he had mastered that level in the previous grade, is there a way to score the student at a lower proficiency level to show lack of progress?
Lack of progress is demonstrated when the student does not move forward on the LALAR. Theoretically, a teacher could request a new LALAR and fill it out based on the current grade level expectations; however, professional judgment should be respected. Since work/performance products are collected in the LALAR folder, there is less likely a possibility of there being a great discrepancy from one year to the next.
It is also possible that teachers have different expectations of “proficiency” at each of the levels. A good way to deal with this is by scoring products together as a staff, not only at grade level, but also vertically across grade levels.
How many “bubbles” must be filled in under each domain to “move” to the next level?
Students should complete at least 75-80% in each domain.
When LALARs are handed in at the end of a grade span (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12), does Multilingual Programs transfer the information onto the next grade span LALAR form, or does the teacher have to start all over?
The previous year’s LALAR scores (listening/speaking, reading and writing) will be printed on the top of the LALAR form. Begin to score your students at those levels. (E.g., the student was at the intermediate level in listening/speaking the previous year; begin to assess the student at the intermediate level this year.) It is not necessary to “bubble in” the earlier levels.
What does the school do with previous LALARs and/ or LALAR folders filed in the cum folder?
LALARs are updated until the student is reclassified as Fluent English Proficient (RFEP). At that time, the LALAR and supporting work products, are put in the cum. If the student has been classified an English Learner for many years (for example at the high school level) and there is work from elementary school, the teacher may choose to keep only the most recent LALAR and work samples.
How many work samples should be collected before reclassification?*
We expect that there would be a total of 3-6 work samples per year.
Do work samples follow students through the grade levels? (Upper grade teachers have complained that they don’t want to receive a pile of work samples from lower grades.) Who “weeds” the folders, and when? Will it end up being one more thing the teacher has to do? Can we get release time for this?
This is a school site decision. At Galileo we have a copy of the current LALAR in the cum folder, we keep the LALAR evidence folders until graduation, then return them to the students along with their portfolios.
Classroom teachers need help in documenting the LALAR four times a year, especially during hectic times such as parent/teacher conferences and report card periods.
Understandably, on-going assessment takes work. It may be easier to set up a file of LALAR folders close to you as you teach EL groups, so that the LALARs are within reach for your anecdotal records and to insert work products in order to demonstrate the language skills that you are teaching. This will also help inform your instruction.
Would it be more accurate to group students for ELD instruction? using the LALAR instead of the CELDT?
Use both the CELDT and the LALAR when planning how to group your students during ELD instruction. Both the CELDT and the LALAR are used in reclassification of students.
Is there a class recording sheet where teachers can check off observations as a form of classroom management?
Not currently, however a photocopy of a LALAR can be made to serve this purpose.
Can the rubric be scored online like the OARS?
No, we are in the process of investigating the possibility.
Is LALAR accessible via Cruncher?
Not yet, but we are working on this.
Can the Chinese/Spanish LALAR be on the back of the English LALAR? Can they line up so teachers can simply put form on carbon paper and the markings will come out for both sides?
Currently, this is not feasible.