Assessments of ELs

Crystal Johnson
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ESL Assessments

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Assessments of ELs
1 Authentic Assessment
1.1 Reasons for Authentic Assessments
1.1.1 Helps students learn to apply knowledge.
1.1.2 Allow students to construct meaning using various demonstration possibilities.
1.1.3 Integrates teaching, learning, and assessment.
1.2 Steps to Creating an Authentic Assessment
1.2.1 Identify what students need to know and can do by using standards.
1.2.2 Develop a task for students to show they understand and can apply the standards.
1.2.3 Determine what good performance looks like with the task.
1.2.4 Create a rubric to assess levels of performance.
1.3 A task performed by a student to show understanding of content/skills.
1.3.1 My pictures include examples of authentic assessment. Students are being assessed on solids and liquids. When a picture is shown, students hold a blue card for liquids and a red card for solids.
1.3.2 Students also were assessed on plant parts by creating a flip book. Students labeled each plant part and wrote one fuction of each part.
1.3.3 After developing a lesson using standards, students were assessed by sorting animals based on classification.
2 Performance-based Assessments
2.1 Assessments created to assess language proficiency and academic performance.
2.1.1 Examples: oral reports, presentations, demonstrations, written assignments. Read with a partner, retell a story, role play, give instructions using visuals, tell a story using sequence, debate, brainstorm, etc.
3 Portfolio Assessments
3.1 Collection of student work over time that reflects growth of objectives and standards.
3.1.1 Examples: samples of written work, drawings that show knowledge of content, tapes or videos of role play or presentations, teacher descriptions of performances, formal test data. Checklists and weekly meetings with students help set goals. Students can help create rubrics.
4 High-Stakes Testing
4.1 Assessments designed to measure mastery of standards. Tests results allow students to promote grade levels, graduate, and/or be accepted into other programs.
4.2 NCLB requires that 95% of the school population must participate in high-stakes testing.
4.3 Examples: ACT Aspire, ACCESS, Alabama High School Graduation Exam
5 Ongoing Assessments
5.1 Assessments continuing over long periods of time, providing continuous feedback for students showing strengths and growth.
5.2 Examples: portfolios, planned assessments such as chapter tests, unit tests, quizzes, writings, and informal observations.
5.2.1 Ongoing assessments with my students include STAR weekly and biweekly testing, weekly tests, unit tests, etc. My pictures include a STAR reading progress monitoring report, and a weekly reading assessment.
6 Initial Assessments
6.1 EB/EL students are assessed when they enter school. Students should be assessed in their primary language. Assessments should be given by someone familiar with second language acqustion.
6.1.1 Our students are initially assessed using the W-APT assessment. I also use informal initial assessments such as my vocabulary chart, and word reading lists. These assessments allow me to plan my instruction based on what they already know.
6.2 Assesses language, content knowledge, and literacy.
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