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Ch 11: Assessment of English Learners in Indiana

About This Chapter

This chapter addresses different types of assessments and how they are used in ESL teaching. Refer to this chapter if you are an education student studying for a class test or a professional needing to brush up before taking certification exams.

Assessment of English Learners in Indiana - Chapter Summary

How to conduct, use and interpret student assessments are the main focuses on the lessons contained in this chapter. You will review Indiana state standards for assessing ELL students and how assessments are used to identify the needs of students and to improve instructional approaches.

You will have the opportunity to review examples of different forms of assessments that are used for ELLs. Once you have completed your study of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • List the qualities of good assessments
  • Understand aspects of formative and summative assessments
  • Explain informal, alternative and performance-based assessments
  • Discuss and provide examples of authentic and portfolio assessments
  • Describe procedures for language assessment
  • Detail national requirements and Indiana state standards for ELL student assessments
  • Tell how to match assessment items with learning objectives
  • Describe how to interpret assessments and use results to identify student needs and design curriculum

Video and text lessons take only 5-10 minutes to review and with 24/7 accessibility can be referred to as often as needed to develop a full understanding of this material. You can access lessons from any device or print transcripts and use them as handy reference aids. Short quizzes in each lesson allow you to assess what you have learned about one topic before moving on to the next.

13 Lessons in Chapter 11: Assessment of English Learners in Indiana
Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity

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.

Formative Assessments for ELL Students

2. 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.

Summative Assessments: Examples & Types

3. Summative Assessments: Examples & Types

Think of state exams, midterms, finals, graded papers, and standardized tests such as the SAT. They all have one thing in common - they are summative assessments! Find out more in this lesson.

Informal Assessments for English Language Learners

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).

Alternative Assessments for 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.

Performance-Based Assessments for English Language Learners

6. Performance-Based Assessments for English Language Learners

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

Authentic Assessment Examples for English Language Learners

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.

Portfolio Assessments for English Language Learners

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.

Language Assessment:  Procedures & Instruments

9. 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.

U.S. National Requirements for Standardized Assessment of English Learners

10. U.S. National Requirements for Standardized Assessment of English Learners

ELL students are required to take the same standardized tests as other students in the US. While developing English proficiency, they are allowed certain accommodations. In this lesson learn the requirements for testing ELL students.

Matching Assessment Items to Learning Objectives

11. Matching Assessment Items to Learning Objectives

This lesson explains the importance of matching assessment tools to learning objectives. The lesson defines both terms and highlights the importance of assessment validity and assessment depth.

Assessment Issues with English Language Learners

12. Assessment Issues with English Language Learners

In this lesson, teachers will learn 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.

Using ELL Assessments to Identify Student Needs

13. 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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