ESOL - Testing and Evaluation
Identify factors that affect assessment of English language learners (ELLs) including linguistic bias, test adaptations, and accommodations. Additionally, explore federal assessment policies and interpretation of assessment data.
(60 credit hours)
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- ESOL Objectives
- Demonstrate an understanding of the purposes of assessment as they relate to ELLs of diverse backgrounds and at varying English proficiency levels.
- Identify a variety of assessment procedures appropriate for ELLs of diverse backgrounds and at varying English proficiency levels.
- Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate and valid language and literacy assessments for ELLs of diverse backgrounds and at varying English proficiency levels.
- Demonstrate understanding of the advantages and limitations of assessments, including the array of accommodations allowed for ELLs of diverse backgrounds and at varying English proficiency levels.
- Distinguish among ELLs’ language differences, giftedness, and special education needs.
- Understand and implement district, state, and federal requirements for identification, reclassification, and exit of ELLs from language support programs.
- Identify and use a variety of assessment procedures for ELLs of diverse backgrounds and varying English proficiency levels.
- Use multiple sources of information to assess ELLs’ language and literacy skills and communicative competence.
- Use performance-based assessment tools and tasks that measure ELLs’ progress in English language and literacy development.
- Understand and use criterion-referenced assessments appropriately with ELLs from diverse backgrounds and at varying English proficiency levels.
- Use various tools and techniques to assess content-area learning (e.g., math, science, social studies) for ELLs at varying levels of English language and literacy development.
- Prepare ELLs to use self- and peer-assessment techniques, when appropriate.
- Assist Ells in developing necessary test-taking skills.
- Assess ELLs’ language and literacy development in classroom settings using a variety of authentic assessments, e.g., portfolios, checklists, and rubrics.
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Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or inservice points are typically awarded by the sponsoring school district. Participants should verify acceptance of online course credit with their local districts' professional development administrators.
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In order to complete this course, participants must submit the following documentation. These exercises, accessible through the Course Log, must meet the established criteria.
- Reflection/Dialogue Exercises (6) – Participants reflect on course content, strategy implementation, and their personal learning experience.
- Multiple Choice Quiz Exercises (2) - Participants demonstrate knowledge of course content.
- File Upload Exercises (2) - Participants analyze and evaluate student assessments.