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Assessing ELLs Chat Scheduled for April 9


Just wanted to let you know that we'll have Margo Gottlieb, an expert on ELL testing and the lead developer for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment consortium, as a guest for an online chat next week, "How to Assess English-Language Learners." The chat will take place on Thursday, April 9, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

You don't need any special software to participate. You can sign up now for a reminder for the chat at the link above. I'll be moderating the chat and start taking questions for Gottlieb about a half hour before it begins.

After the chat, a transcript will be available at edweek.org.


I am interested in the benchmark assessments of ELL students that covers the 4 language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

NCLB requires content testing in science and math, but Illinois's state tests in math are all word problems making it impossible to assess the skills of newcomers. There is a language modified version, but honestly it is not modified beyond a few organizational aids. The language is the same. What can ELL teachers do to help create a state assessment in math that actually measures their math skills not their reading of math skills? I don't see any solution with the science test because it requires indepth vocabulary that is specific to English. No amount of modification could measure the newcomers' abilities without being dependent on English unless we translated the test to every possible language our students speak.

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