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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

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 course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Effective 1/1/20, the University of Phoenix (UOPX) is no longer an approved TESOL program provider in the state of New Mexico. Individuals enrolling in UOPX TESOL courses will NOT satisfy course requirements for the NM TESOL endorsement. If you are located in a state other than New Mexico, please contact your Department of Education to determine if the TESOL courses will be accepted.



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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.

Language Acquisition and Content Area Instruction

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.


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