ERIC Number: ED465307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Issues in Accountability and Assessment for Adult ESL Instruction. ERIC Q & A.
Van Duzer, Carol
This question and answer sheet describes the legislative background of current accountability requirements for English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) programs, the issues involved in testing level gain, and critical questions whose answers can lead the field forward. It focuses on the following: what the legislation requires; how states are meeting these requirements; issues in testing level gain (NRS level descriptors, standardized testing, and performance assessment); what attempts at standardizing performance assessment are being undertaken (e.g., Ohio is developing a uniform portfolio system of performance assessment, and Colorado developed a certificate system based on performance assessments that was discarded in favor of a standardized test for NRS reporting); and critical issues that need to be addressed (e.g., what should be counted as success and how it should be measured; how well the NRS scale facilitates the reporting of learner progress; what the cost is in time, staffing, and funds to effectively assess and document learning outcomes; and what changes are needed in program design and staff development to ensure that assessment tools are reliably used). (Contains 10 references.) Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Adult Education, English (Second Language), Federal Legislation, Performance Based Assessment, Second Language Instruction, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Adult Learning and Literacy Clearinghouse.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.; National Center for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.