June 11, 2013:
2012-2013 Data Collection Completed!


Dr. Reynolds Kelly is pleased to announce that the third wave of data collection for the DLLP project has been completed! With the assistance of Anne Blackstock-Bernstein (graduate student researcher), Liliyan Avansian (undergraduate research assistant), Alison Bailey, and Barbara Jones, oral and written explanations were collected for approximately 270 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade from five public elementary schools across Los Angeles.

We thank the ALL students, teachers, administrators, and members of the CONNECT research office at the UCLA Lab School for their assistance in making the data collection a success! Special thanks to Yu-Ree Cho (graduate student researcher) for her data management assistance!


April 2013


DLLP Team to Present at AERA Annual Meeting 2013


Alison Bailey, Margaret Heritage, Kimberly Reynolds Kelly, Barbara Jones, and Ali Abedi will present the symposium “Developing and Using Language Learning Progressions for Improved Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners” at this year’s meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco, CA. Distinguished discussants are Claude Goldenberg and Judit Moschkovich.


The symposium will discuss the project effort to create and use Dynamic Language Learning Progressions (DLLPs). The papers to be presented describe the theoretical framework for DLLPs, the methodological approaches to collecting and analyzing oral and written student language samples to build the progressions, and the use of language learning progressions for instructional and assessment purposes. DLLPs have significant potential to support both high-quality instruction and formative and summative assessment, particularly for long-term English language learner students who are at serious risk for low academic achievement.


The symposium is scheduled for May 1st, 2013 at 10:35am – 12:05pm.


DLLP Team to Present at SRCD 2013 Biennial Conference  


Kimberly Reynolds Kelly and Alison Bailey will present a study comparing the oral and written language productions of children at the upcoming Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Conference in Seattle, WA. Co-authors are Anne Blackstock-Bernstein and Margaret Heritage.


This study compares student oral and written language productions in terms of linguistic features that are informal, or speech-like, and those that are more formal, indicating an academic register. The study also examines trends cross-sectionally at kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grades. Specifically, the study investigates 1) whether children’s writing contains more speech-like features in early elementary grades, transitioning to a more formal written academic language register by 5th grade; or, alternatively, whether there is evidence that children adopt a written academic language register from the very earliest stages of primary schooling, and 2) whether children’s development of writing in an academic language register is related to children’s development of an oral academic language register.


The presentation is scheduled for April 19, 2013 from 10:20am to 11:20am.




March 1, 2013:
Massive Data Collection Effort Completed!


Dr. Reynolds Kelly is pleased to announce that the second wave of data collection for the DLLP project has been completed! With the assistance of Anne Blackstock-Bernstein (graduate student researcher), Liliyan Avansian (undergraduate research assistant), and Katelyn Lee, oral and written explanations were collected for approximately 400 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade from five public elementary schools across Los Angeles. Additionally, classroom observations were conducted, and student background data and classroom artifacts were collected.

We thank the students, teachers, administrators, and members of the CONNECT research office at the UCLA Lab School for their assistance in making the data collection a success!!!



June 15, 2012:
Pilot data on DLLPs for Explanation are in!

Dr. Reynolds Kelly is pleased to announce that the initial pilot data collection for the DLLP project has been completed! With the assistance of Liliyan Avansian, undergraduate research assistant, and Barbara Jones, oral and written explanations were collected for 107 students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. Additionally, classroom observations were conducted, and student background data and authentic samples of class work were collected. During the summer, the DLLP team will begin to analyze the data and to build the dynamic language learning progressions for explanation.

We thank the students, teachers, administrators, and members of the CONNECT research office at the UCLA Lab School for their assistance in making the DLLP pilot data collection a success!!!



May 23-24, 2012:
UCLA DLLP Project hosts WIDA and CAL members of ASSETS team

The DLLP team hosted members of the ASSETS Consortium at UCLA for two days of stimulating discussion on learning progressions, ELP standards, and summative, interim, and formative assessments. Tim Boals, Elizabeth Cranley, Margo Gottlieb, Mariana Castro, and Gary Cook from WIDA were in attendance, as well as David MacGregor from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). Dorry Kenyon from CAL joined in by Skype.

On the first day of the meeting Eva Baker, the Director of CRESST, formally welcomed the guests from WIDA and CAL. Highlights from Day 1 included:

• A presentation of the conceptual underpinnings of the DLLP model
• An update on the ongoing DLLP pilot data collection
• A preview of a multifunctional data tool under development at CRESST
• A visit to the UCLA Lab School with the Principal Norma Silva
• Generating ideas for the interim assessment framework
• Initiating a common glossary for uniformity of terminology across the ASSETS team


On Day 2, the DLLP team presented their proposed plan to conduct a year-long efficacy study of the dynamic language learning progressions for explanation, and the group discussed how the dynamic language learning progressions could be utilized in teacher professional development.


The DLLP team thanks our partners at WIDA and CAL for a productive and thought-provoking meeting as well as great food and camaraderie!