Utilizing Equitable Assessments for English Learners

Appropriate assessments can provide useful data for teaching and learning. Classroom assessments should not be a one-size-fits-all but should address students' language proficiency as well as understanding of concepts.
Underlying Principles
• Language and content are interrelated in assessment.
• Assessments need to address developmental language and content.
• Students need the opportunity to demonstrate learning through developmental language.
All teachers are responsible for language instruction. Teachers need to design and adjust assessments in order to make sure they are appropriate for English Learners (ELs). These assessments in turn can be utilized to monitor student progress, provide constructive feedback to students, and drive instruction.
Developing protocols for adapting math probes to capture English learners’ math and language knowledge.
Follow up session on Formative Assessment in Math for ELs.
The Dynamic Language Learning Progressions project is part of a larger effort to improve the assessment of the English language proficiency of PK-12 ELs. DLLPs represent the development of the predominant functions or purposes that language serves in instructional settings.
Colorín Colorado resources addressing the critical questions of how to properly assess and place ELs at the school and classroom level. Assessment for English Language Learners
Fair and Square Assessments for ELLs Brief, concise article covering important strategies and approaches useful for assessing ELs.
Listen to AERA's Podcast featuring ExcEL: Episode 1: Formative Assessment and Project Excel.
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