ERIC Number: ED446137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
What Policymakers and School Administrators Need To Know about Assessment Reform for English Language Learners.
Lachat, Mary Ann
This publication presents a comprehensive overview of one of the most profound shifts in educational policy and practice that has occurred during the 20th century--the transition from a testing culture to an assessment culture--and discusses its implications for English language learners (ELLs). The document brings together a wide range of research literature in a question and answer format. Chapter 1 discusses why assessment is viewed as a powerful tool for education reform, what the shift from testing to assessment means, the choices educators must make, and the implications of using a standards model for large-scale assessment programs. Chapter 2 discusses the characteristics of ELLS, how language and culture affect how ELLs learn, and the hopes and cautions of assessment reform for ELLs. Key issues are presented in chapter 3, including general and technical factors that influence equity in assessment of ELLS. Each chapter contains references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.