Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges From Language Proficiency to Academic Achievement / Edition 1

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Discover how to bridge the gap between equitably assessing linguistic and academic performance!

This well-documented text examines the unique needs of the growing population of English language learners (ELLs) and describes strategies for implementing instructional assessment of language and content. With both depth and breadth, the author articulates how to equitably and comprehensively assess the language proficiency and academic achievement of ELLs. Both practicing and aspiring educators will benefit from:

  • Rubrics, charts, checklists, surveys, and other ready-to-use tools
  • Professional development activities
  • An integrated approach to teaching standards, language, and content
  • Guidance on how best to address standardized testing and grading

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Editorial Reviews

David E. Freeman
"Assessing English Language Learners is a must for the library of any educator working with English language learners. It is a resource that district level educators, school administrators, resource specialists, as well as classroom teachers will find indispensible. This book helps educators see how excellent assessment can lead to excellent instruction and improved student learning."
Else Hamayan
With all the offerings that Margo Gottlieb provides in this book, she makes us yearn to not only cross the bridge of assessment, but to feel confident when we get to the other side."
Dr. Lori S. Mestre
"A valuable contribution to the book is the inclusion of tools to assist in producing, interpreting and reporting reliable and valid data for educational decision making. This book is a great resource for educators to assist them in the design and implementation of instructional assessment activities, tasks, and projects. Strongly recommended for all levels of school and academic libraries."
Margarita Calderon
"This book is long overdue! Appropriate assessment and placement of ELLs is the most basic of all instructional processes. Without this, we cannot be sure we can measure student progress or address individual instructional needs."
Timothy Boals
"The assessment landscape for teachers working with English language learners has become considerably more complex since the inception of the standards-based era and subsequent NCLB legislation. Here, finally, we have a text that not only bridges over to this new paradigm but also empowers teachers by giving them practical strategies for harnessing assessments of language and content in ways that benefit their teaching and their students' learning."
Nancy F. Zelasko
"Dr. Gottlieb has taken the extremely complex topic of assessing English language learners (ELLs) and made it comprehensible. She walks the reader through a multitude of interrelated components - explaining each along the way - and shows us how they fit together to form a framework for the assessment of both language proficiency and academic achievement for ELLs. This is an essential guide for anyone and everyone working with ELLs."
J. Sabrina Mims
"Gottlieb provides a comprehensive research base to the topic and a practical framework for more equitable and effectively assessing English Language Learners. The book establishes a reliable assessment system that bridges content and academic achievement with language development."
Lori S. Mestre
"A valuable contribution to the book is the inclusion of tools to assist in producing, interpreting and reporting reliable and valid data for educational decision making. This book is a great resource for educators to assist them in the design and implementation of instructional assessment activities, tasks, and projects. Strongly recommended for all levels of school and academic libraries. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761988892
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 88,421
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Margo Gottlieb, Ph.D., Lead Developer for World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Director, Assessment and Evaluation, for the Illinois Resource Center, crafts language standards, designs assessments, and creates instructional assessment systems for English language learners. She has presented and published extensively; her books include: Common Language Assessment for English Learners (2012), Paper to Practice: Using the TESOL's English Language Proficiency Standards in Pre K-12 Classrooms (with A. Katz & G. Ernst-Slavit, 2009); Assessment and Accountability in Language Education Programs: A Guide for Administrators and Teachers (with D. Nguyen, 2007); and Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges from Language Proficiency to Academic Achievement (2006).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Else Hamayan
About the Author
1. Assessment of English Language Learners: The Bridge to Educational Equity
2. Standards and Assessment: The Bridge From Language Proficiency to Academic Achievement
3. Assessing Oral Language and Literacy Development: The Bridge From Social Language Proficiency to Academic Language Proficiency
4. Assessing Academic Language Proficiency and Academic Achievement: The Bridge to Accountability
5. Classroom Assessment: The Bridge to Educational Parity
6. Documenting Performance Assessment: The Bridge From Teachers to Classrooms
7. Supports for Student, Classroom, and Large-Scale Assessment: The Bridge to Student Understanding
8. Standardized Testing and Reporting: The Bridge to Fair and Valid Assessment
9. Grading Systems: The Bridge to the Future

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