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This course provides K-12 educators with a foundational understanding of assessment practices for English language learners. Participants examine the relationship between instruction and assessment, assessment techniques, progress reporting, content-area testing, and program interventions. Communication principles and the role of parents as related to assessment are also explored.

This graduate-level course is 4 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4

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    Language Acquisition and Content Area Instruction

    • Identify the challenges of instruction and assessment within content areas.
    • Explain how authentic assessment tools can be used across the curriculum.
    • Explain how to incorporate multiple intelligences in assessment.
    • Explain the relationship between first and second language proficiency.
    • Compare Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).
    • Explain how language acquisition stages and characteristics influence instruction and assessment.
    • Analyze the value of teaching content and language simultaneously.

    Reading and Writing

    • Describe the developmental stages of the reading and writing processes.
    • Analyze how listening and speaking influence reading and writing development.
    • Explain current research on effective reading and writing assessments.
    • Explain how to use data from language proficiency tests.

    Formal and Informal Assessments

    • Identify appropriate assessment techniques for placement of English language learners.
    • Explain how assessment may influence the underrepresentation of English language learners in gifted programs.
    • Analyze the use of performance assessments for determining individual student goals and objectives.

    Standards, Communication, and Family Involvement

    • Describe the process of assessing and identifying the needs of English language learners.
    • Identify Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards that relate to assessment.
    • Explain the benefits of performance assessment
    • Communicate assessment issues with stakeholders.
    • Explain how to involve families in assessment processes.
    • Explain why family involvement supports effective assessment.
    • Develop a family involvement program aligned to assessment.
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