Authentic Assessment and ELLs

Rachel Copeland
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Using Authentic Assessment with ELLs

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Authentic Assessment and ELLs
  1. What Is It?
    1. Traditional
      1. Goal is for students to possess a certain body of knowledge and skills
        1. Multiple choice, fill in the blank, true false, recall oriented
        2. Authentic
          1. Meaningful
            1. Performing real world tasks
          2. Why use AA?
            1. We don't just want students to know facts and content. We want them to know how to use their knowledge.
              1. Fits with the well researched constructivist model of teaching and learning
                1. Ingregation of teaching, learning, and assessment: Within the assessments, students are learning and demonstrating their ability to apply concepts, as the teachers are facilitating.
                  1. Allows for multiple ways of demonstrating knowledge that plays to everyone's strengths
                  2. How do you Implement?
                    1. 1. Standards: What should the students know and be able to do
                      1. 2. Authentic Tasks: Determine what tasks will demonstrate if the students have met the standards.
                        1. 3. Criteria: What does good performance look like?
                          1. 4. Rubric: For providing what is expected for minimum levels of performance and for providing feedback and providing information for adjusting instruction
                          2. Authentic Tasks for ELLs
                            1. Constructed Response: Concept maps, making predictions, journal response, homework reflections
                              1. Product: Projects, design of an advertisement, etc, timelines, map construction, poster of a literary character analysis
                                1. Performance: Skits, role plays, debates
                                  1. Create assessments that lean toward: Performing a task, real-life, requiring application, student-structured, providing direct evidence
                                  2. Why Use AA with ELLs?
                                    1. Fits with constructivist model of learning
                                      1. Allows students to demonstrate what they know in various forms without being consistently at a disadvantage in traditional testing by a lack of academic English.
                                        1. Allows for assessing meaningful learning within scaffolded instruction, which we know is what ELLs need to access grade level curriculum.
                                          1. Can lower the affective filter for ELLs, because Authentic Assessment does not rely solely on traditional multiple choice and true/false, etc. tests. They have the chance to feel success and use their strengths.
                                            1. Provides a better picture of what meaningful skills the students actually have vs. what they may be able to recall in English on a traditional test.
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