Performance-Based Assessments for English Language Learners

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Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

In this lesson, teachers will learn about implementing performance-based assessments in the classroom. Performance-based assessments are ideal for English language learner (ELL) students who have limited English proficiency.

Performance-Based Assessments

A performance-based assessment is a type of assessment that requires students to perform a task using skills learned in class. It differs from traditional standardized and multiple choice tests in which students normally answer questions about how to do those skills. A performance-based assessment allows learners to demonstrate their learning authentically, and provides reliable information about their content knowledge.

This type of assessment is ideal for ELL students with limited English proficiency because, to some extent, any ELL can demonstrate his or her knowledge using the performance-based approach. The language barrier does not exclude them from being able to demonstrate their understanding.

Performance-Based vs. Traditional

The main difference between traditional and performance-based assessments is that traditional assessments ask students questions about how to do what they've learned. In contrast, performance-based assessments ask students to actually do what they've learned.

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