The Professional Learning Committee (PLC) met at Centennial Education Center in the Resource Room on Friday, November 9th, 2018. There were approximately 14 teachers in attendance. The teachers met in two groups by ESL Level (Beginning and Intermediate) to create formative listening assessments. The plan was to make four assessments in each group. There was also some discussion among the group members on whether to use the CASAS Listening Test as a final summative assessment.
Finally, each group decided it create the first assessment during the November 9th Meeting. Thus, each group began work on their first formative listening assessment for the Beginning and Intermediate ESL levels. The new curriculum will be implemented during the Spring 2018 trimester, and the names of the courses will be changed to reflect the designations used by CASAS (Literacy; Beginning Low and High; Intermediate Low and High; and Advanced Low and High).
Fortunately, with great teamwork among the group members, the teacher groups were able to complete their first formative assessments. In fact, the Intermediate ESL group even did a recording of the dialogue of the first listening assessment with assistance from Rob Jenkins. Rob will not be attending the Friday, November 30th meeting; however, some of the members of the PLC will come together on that date to continue to work on the second formative listening assessments. The goal is to have all the listening assessments completed and ready for trial testing during the Spring 2019 trimester.