About This Chapter
Assessment for ELL Students - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to help you successfully use assessments with your ELL students. Topics covered here include the relationship between successful instruction and assessments, as well as a variety of different types of assessments that you can use with your ELL students. Our teacher resource materials are designed to help you learn about these subjects and then effectively apply them to classroom use.
How It Helps
- Simplifies planning: With so many different types of assessments covered in one chapter, you can find the information you need to know to test your students in one concise resource.
- Helps prevent challenges: Because these lessons are focused specifically on ELL learners, you'll know how to apply these types of assessments to your students and prepare for common issues they might face.
- Meets educational standards: Written by professional instructors, our teacher resources take the stress out of curriculum planning by providing material that helps ensure you meet educational criteria.
By completing this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Understand the relationship between assessment and instruction
- Utilize the correct instruments and procedures for language assessment
- Use formative, informal, alternative and performance-based assessments with ELL students
- Assess your ESL students using authentic and portfolio assessments
- Successfully use ESL reading assessments
- Test your ELL students using vocabulary assessments
- Avoid common assessment issues ELL students may face
- Use graphic organizers as assessment tools
1. The Relationship Between Instruction & Assessment
Watch this video lesson to understand the relationship between instruction and assessment. You'll learn why it is important to continuously monitor the progress of your students through the use of well-placed assessment as you are instructing them.
2. Language Assessment: Procedures & Instruments
Looking for some best practice language assessment ideas? In this lesson, we will discuss language assessment procedures and instruments, including selection, administration and interpretation of assessment data.
3. Formative Assessments for ELL Students
Need some new ideas or just a refresher about formative assessment methods for ELL students? This lesson introduces the concept of formative assessment and offers practical strategies for implementation.
4. Informal Assessments for English Language Learners
Informal assessments are a valuable way to check student progress in a relaxed setting. This lesson provides teachers with informal assessments specifically designed for use with ELLs (English language learners).
5. Alternative Assessments for English Language Learners
Alternative assessments allow English language learner (ELL) students to demonstrate their learning. In this lesson, teachers of ELL students will learn some strategies for offering alternative assessments in their classroom.
6. Performance-Based Assessments for English Language Learners
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.
7. Authentic Assessment Examples for English Language Learners
In this lesson, teachers will learn about the concept of using authentic assessments with English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom as opposed to traditional standardized tests. This lesson will include examples of authentic assessments for language arts, math, science, and social studies.
8. Portfolio Assessments for English Language Learners
A student portfolio is a collection of artifacts that demonstrates progress and growth over a period of time. This lesson describes how teachers can use portfolios as alternative assessments for English language learner (ELL) students.
9. ESL Reading Assessment Strategies
This lesson describes some reading assessment strategies you can apply to ensure comprehension skills in ESL students of varied levels. These strategies provide you with instant feedback on students' progress.
10. Vocabulary Assessments for ELL Students
For English Language Learners (ELLs), vocabulary is the basis for learning English. In this lesson, teachers will learn about how to use a variety of vocabulary assessments specifically designed for ELLs.
11. 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.
12. Using Graphic Organizers as Assessment Tools
Alternative assessments are a great way to monitor student progress. In this lesson, we will explore the use of graphic organizers as assessment tools. Tangible examples and ideas for implementation are provided.
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Other chapters within the Teaching Reading to English Language Learners course
- Language Acquisition & ELL Students
- Prior & Background Knowledge for ELL Students
- Cooperative Learning for ELL Students
- Vocabulary Development & Instruction for ELL Students
- Interactive Learning for ELL Students
- Understanding Multiple Intelligences
- Differentiated Instruction for ELL Learners
- Visual Aids & Technology for ELL Students
- Formal Language & Social Context for ELL Students
- English Language Development for ELL Students