June 30, 2013

ELL Assessment Groups Move Ahead on Standards, New Tests

From http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2013/06/ell_assessment_groups_move_ahe.html

ELL Assessment Groups Move Ahead on Standards, New Tests
By Lesli A. Maxwell
June 20, 2013

For teachers who work with English-language learners, there's more to grasp than the new common standards in English/language arts and mathematics and the coming assessments that go with them. Also coming are new and revamped English-language-proficiency standards connected to the language demands in the common core, and soon, a new set of assessments to measure the progress that ELLs make toward becoming proficient in their new language.

It's a major shakeup that will play out over the next few years.

So it helps to have those who are most intimately involved with these new standards/testing efforts take the time to step out of the weeds of their work and explain—in a big picture way—what they are doing.

Thanks to the Washington-based Alliance for Education, some of the top experts working on ELP standards and tests appeared in a webinar on June 19th to explain the work they are doing and how it will connect to teachers and students in the classroom.

Read on for highlights from the webinar: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2013/06/ell_assessment_groups_move_ahe.html

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