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Analyzing & Interpreting ELL Student Assessment - Chapter Summary
This chapter covers ELL student assessment analysis and interpretation. You'll review what makes a good assessment and the components of an assessment that ensure its validity. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Define the reliability coefficient and how it relates to the reliability of assessments
- Explain the impact of cultural bias, testing bias and language differences in assessments
- Outline some of the assessment issues ELL students face
- Summarize the results of an assessment and understand the basic statistics of score distribution
- Understand how to best interpret standardized ESOL assessment results
- Identify students' needs by using ELL assessments
Studying is both fun and convenient with this chapter of professionally designed lessons. Before or after reviewing the lessons, take the accompanying multiple-choice quizzes to ensure you're ready to move on or take a big test. It's easy to contact an instructor along the way if you have any questions about the topics presented here.
1. Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity
Have you ever been in the middle of an assessment and thought, 'This question is unfair!' or 'This exam covers material I have never seen before!' If so, the assessment probably did not possess the qualities that make an assessment effective. This lesson will introduce you to the qualities of good assessments: reliability, standardization, validity, and practicality.
2. Validity in Assessments: Content, Construct & Predictive Validity
Ensuring that an assessment measures what it is intended to measure is a critical component in education. Assessment results are used to predict future achievement and current knowledge. This lesson will define the term validity and differentiate between content, construct, and predictive validity.
3. The Reliability Coefficient and the Reliability of Assessments
How are test scores affected by day-to-day changes of a student? Do different people rate students' performances the same? These questions are addressed through the understanding of reliability. This lesson will define reliability, explain how reliability is measured, and explore methods to enhance reliability of assessments in the classroom.
4. Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments
Assessments are used to gain useful information about test-takers' knowledge, skills and progress. Sometimes, however, the results of these assessments are incorrect due to biases. This lesson will differentiate and discuss types of testing bias and differences among test-takers that may lead to testing bias.
5. Assessment Issues with English Language Learners
In this lesson, teachers will review some common issues that English language learner (ELL) students often face when taking both content-area and standardized assessments. This lesson also includes some strategies for teachers to help ELL students overcome these issues.
6. Summarizing Assessment Results: Understanding Basic Statistics of Score Distribution
Summarizing test results is a critical component of the assessment process. In order for results to be used effectively, they must be summarized in a way that allows educators to compare the achievement of one student to others. This lesson will describe the first step in summarizing results: understanding the basic statistics of score distribution.
7. Interpreting Standardized ESOL Assessment Results
While standardized tests can offer many benefits, it's important to understand both the limitations of these tests and how to interpret the results. This lesson outlines how teachers can use and interpret standardized ESOL assessment results.
8. Using ELL Assessments to Identify Student Needs
Assessments are a big part of school life for most students and teachers. In this lesson, teachers are provided advice on using ELL (English Language Learner) assessments to identify student needs.
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Other chapters within the ILTS English as a New Language (125): Practice & Study Guide course
- Linguistics for Second Language Learners
- Language Acquisition Overview
- Learning Theory, Styles & Development
- ELL Teaching & Learning Theories
- Developing Inclusive Learning Environments
- Teaching Students with Diverse Needs
- Illinois Learning Standards
- Curriculum Development Overview for ELL Teaching
- ELL Instructional Strategies
- Student Motivation & Engagement
- Classroom & Group Management
- Classroom Communication Techniques
- Using Technology for Teaching ELL
- Types of ELL Student Assessment
- ELL Teachers as Student Advocates
- School Collaboration & Community Building for ELL Teachers
- Professional Development & Reflective Practice
- ILTS English as a New Language Flashcards