Ch 2: Purposes & Types of Assessment for ELL

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This chapter on the types and purposes of assessments used for ELL students is mobile friendly, written by professional instructors and very easy to follow. These video and text lessons can be used to help you study for an exam or finish your homework.

Purposes & Types of Assessment for ELL - Chapter Summary

When you work through this chapter, you'll review different assessment types and their purposes in ELL programs. Our short lessons cover the qualities that make up good assessments as well as show you how testing and cultural bias can skew assessments. Additional lessons cover some of the assessment issues faced by ELL students. Once you've finished with this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Detail the informal and curriculum-based assessments used with English language learners
  • Provide examples of ELL authentic assessments
  • Outline the strengths and weaknesses of using textbook assessments with ELL students
  • Differentiate between portfolio and alternative assessments for English language learners
  • Identify the use of performance-based assessments with ELL students
  • Use effective strategies for ongoing assessments with English language learners
  • Utilize successful questioning discussion techniques in the ELL classroom

You can take your time and work at your own pace with our lessons. Each one is concise and accompanied by a short quiz that makes a great test prep resource. To ensure you're able to study at your convenience all of our learning resources are accessible 24 hours a day.

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: Purposes & Types of Assessment for ELL
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Role & Purposes of Assessment in Programs for English Learners

1. Role & Purposes of Assessment in Programs for English Learners

Assessments serve a wide variety of purposes for English language learners. This lesson details and describes both the purposes and roles assessments can play for students learning English in an academic setting.

Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity

2. 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.

Testing Bias, Cultural Bias & Language Differences in Assessments

3. 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.

Assessment Issues with English Language Learners

4. 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.

Informal Assessments for English Language Learners

5. 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).

Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

6. Curriculum-Based Assessment: Definition & Examples

Curriculum-based assessment, also called curriculum-based measurement (CBM), is a powerful tool for testing and measuring student progress. This lesson introduces you to CBM and provides examples of the assessments you can use.

Authentic Assessments: Definition & Examples

7. Authentic Assessments: Definition & Examples

Authentic assessments are those which involve applying learned information to new situations. In this lesson, we will define the characteristics of an authentic assessment and discuss examples.

Textbook Assessments: Examples, Strengths & Limitations

8. Textbook Assessments: Examples, Strengths & Limitations

If you are an ELL teacher, you might be tempted to use textbook assessments from time to time. This lesson discusses examples, as well as the strengths and limitations, of a textbook assessment.

Portfolio Assessments for English Language Learners

9. 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.

Alternative Assessments for English Language Learners

10. 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

11. 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.

Ongoing Assessments: Literal, Inferential & Evaluative Comprehension

12. Ongoing Assessments: Literal, Inferential & Evaluative Comprehension

As a teacher who works on reading with students, you probably assess their understanding on an ongoing basis. This lesson discusses some different types of assessments you may use.

Questioning Techniques for Discussions in ELL Classrooms

13. Questioning Techniques for Discussions in ELL Classrooms

One important aspect that is often overlooked when teaching English language learners (ELLs) is the importance of how questions are formed and delivered. This lesson explores questioning techniques that can be used for discussions in an ELL classroom.

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