Minnesota Assessments for English Language Learners

The Test of Emerging Academic English (TEAE) is for students nationwide that are not primarily English speaking. Thirty-Five students from Buffalo High School took the TEAE Testing; it is required nationwide by the Federal Government in order to get funding for their program. The testing usually takes the English Language Department (ELD) students approximately a couple hours for two days, along with a retake day. The ELD students took the test on March 15th and March 16 during first block. Retake day was scheduled March 17th. The Test of Emerging Academic English (TEAE), is a reading and writing language proficiency assessment and Minnesota student oral Language observation matrix (MN SOLOM), a rubric for evaluating, listening, and speaking language proficiency is a way to show the accountability measure for the annual measurable achievement objects (AMAO). Each student’s testing scores are compared to other students around the nation that have spent the same amount of time learning English, or lived in America. Our adequate yearly progress (APY/MCA’s), the mathematics and reading accountability measure required under the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND it is the exact same as their testing. The only difference of the two is that the MCA’s do not care how much English you do or do not know TEAE testing is testing your English proficiency.

TEAE testing includes the common subjects such as reading, listening, and speaking language proficiency. The testing is similar to our MCA’s, they are testing their abilities to learn and enhance their English speaking language. It is not a substitute for taking the MCA’s. the English language department students have to take both MCA’s and the TEAE Testing, the only difference is that they are allowed to listen to the math portion of the MCA’s and have it read off to them, it helps to make it less stressful and allows them to focus on the math with less difficulties.

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