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Classroom-Based Assessments of ELL Students - Chapter Summary
In this collection of lessons, you'll review classroom-based assessments of ELL students. In a short period of time, you can get up to speed on the use of written feedback, performance-based assessments and alternative assessments for English language learners. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Detail student self-assessment and peer assessment
- Outline portfolio assessments for English language learners
- Discuss authentic assessment examples for ELL students
- Understand the instruments used to assess authentic tasks in the ELL classroom
- Help prepare ELL students for standardized testing
- Identify some of the testing accommodations available for ESL students
- Describe the qualities of good assessments
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of norm- vs. criterion-referenced scoring
Whether you need a quick refresher or more in-depth study, these brief but comprehensive lessons can help. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz to help you gauge your understanding of the ELL assessment topics you've just studied. Help from an instructor is available if you struggle with any of these lessons.
1. 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.
2. Giving Written Feedback to Students: Examples & Overview
This lesson will illustrate the importance of providing students written feedback and explain how to do this in the way that most impacts student achievement.
3. 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.
4. Student Self-Assessment & Peer Assessment
Student self-assessment and peer assessment are useful tools to help students learn important reflection and critical thinking skills. This lesson will review how self-assessment and peer assessment can be used in your classroom.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Instruments to Assess Authentic Tasks in ELL Classrooms
Traditional paper and pencil and computer-based assessments can be challenging for all students, especially English language learners. This lesson identifies assessment instruments that teachers can use to assess ELLs as they perform authentic and real-world tasks.
8. Preparing English Language Learners for Standardized Testing
English language learners (ELLs) may dread standardized testing in English, unless they have proper preparation. This lesson helps teachers understand how ELLs approach and perform on standardized exams and goes over how to prepare them for these tests.
9. Testing Accommodations for ESL Students
In this lesson, teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) students will learn about providing accommodations for their students during testing. An overview of common accommodations will be included.
10. 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.
11. Norm- vs. Criterion-Referenced Scoring: Advantages & Disadvantages
Assessment results allow educators to make important decisions about students' knowledge, abilities and future educational potential. There are multiple ways to summarize and interpret assessment results. This lesson will discuss ways to summarize norm-referenced assessments and criterion-referenced assessments.
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Other chapters within the FTCE ESOL K-12 (047): Practice & Study Guide course
- Cultural Elements & Adaptation
- How Cultural Differences Impact Students
- Promoting Multicultural Sensitivity & Diversity in the Classroom
- Elements of Language
- Teaching Components of Language for ELL
- Second Language Acquisition & Development
- Language Functions, Skills & Proficiency
- Second Language Literacy Development
- Literacy & Language Research
- Models of ELL Instruction
- ESOL Instructional Approaches
- Teaching Speaking & Listening Skills
- Writing Skills Instruction
- Instructional Strategies for ELL Classrooms
- Selecting & Adapting Instructional Materials for ELL Students
- Technology in ELL Instruction
- ELL Rights & Court Cases in Florida
- ELL Assessment Issues
- ELL Learners with Exceptionalities
- Language Proficiency Assessments in Florida
- Collaboration & Advocacy for ELL
- Professional Development Organizations & Resources for ESOL Teachers
- FTCE ESOL K-12 Flashcards