ERIC Number: EJ1008187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr-3
Reference Count: 0
Consortia Struggle with ELL Provisions
Maxwell, Lesli A.
Education Week, v32 n27 p1, 16-17 Apr 2013
As test designers work to craft the new, common assessments set to debut in most of the nation's public schools in the 2014-15 school year, their goal is to provide all English-language learners (ELLs), regardless of their language-proficiency levels, the same opportunities to demonstrate their content knowledge and skills as their peers who are native English-speakers or former English-learners. Doing so, however, will take an unprecedented effort not only to better understand the types of testing accommodations that can give English-learners full access to the math and English/language arts exams without compromising the material being tested, but also to get states to agree on them. And it will require the reversal of a decades-long practice in many schools: using a wide range of testing accommodations for ELLs that were originally designed for students with disabilities.
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, English Language Learners, Educational Assessment, Consortia, Policy, Difficulty Level, Test Items, State Standards, Academic Standards
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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