Assessment & Reflection With ELLs—And All Students
This excerpt from our upcoming book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide , highlights student reflection as a tool for assessing the learning of English-language learners. However, we've found these principles and practical strategies to be effective with ALL our students.
Assessment can be frustrating for teachers—especially implementing the mandated assessments that were created without teachers' input. We know how it feels to bombard students with multiple assessments that aren't directly connected to their learning and don't yield timely or valuable information on their progress. Before we dive into self-reflection strategies, we want to share some general principles that have helped us to assess ELLs (and all students) in equitable, effective, and meaningful ways:
Be data-informed, not data-driven. When schools are data-informed, assessment data helps them to make thoughtful decisions...
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