Assessment

10E) Assessment to inform grouping and instruction

Assess children in their home language. If you don’t speak the home language, try to find interpreters to help conduct assessments.

Blog: Should Multimodalities be Incorporated into Testing and Assessment?

This blog introduces research that challenges the idea of written text as the mode of communication for comprehending written language and assessing Multilingual Learners. Suggestions for alternative assessment, attending to all domains of English, are offered.
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Video: Model Curriculum for English Learners – Family Stories (1st grade)

This video captures a lesson for Multilingual Learners co-taught by a first-grade teacher and an ELD teacher. The teachers share how they intentionally plan to both teach and assess the English language within the content lesson.
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Blog: More Meaningful Assessment for DLLs

This blog offers a quick overview of why assessment is so critical for instruction with Multilingual Learners, including assessment in the home language(s) and understanding of language development. This resource is full of other relevant links.
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Website Article: Developmental Screening of Children Ages Birth to 5 Who Are DLLs

This resource describes the special considerations programs should make when screening and assessing Multilingual Learners. It is important that programs find screeners and assessments in children’s home languages and find qualified staff, contractors, or volunteers to conduct assessments in multiple languages.
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Guide: Assessing Children Who Are Dual Language Learners

This guide explains how educators can assess Multilingual Learners using the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP). The guide includes information about code-switching, a typical feature of dual language development, and how assessors can ensure they are collecting the most comprehensive information to accurately assess children.
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Website: Assessing when a Child’s Language is Not Spoken in the Classroom

This resource provides guidance on assessing Multilingual Learners’ language abilities when teachers do not speak the child’s home language. Recommendations include partnering with families to co-create goals and finding interpreters to help conduct assessments.
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Webinar: Measuring What All Children Can Do in All Languages

In this webinar, presenters discuss the trajectory of bilingual development and important considerations for assessing Multilingual Learners. The webinar provides guidance around using a variety of formative assessment tools, using summative assessment, and assessing children in their home language.
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Website Article: Young Dual Language Learners-Screening and Assessment

The objective of this article and accompanying video is to focus on Multilingual Learners and "understand some of the unique considerations that educators must keep in mind when screening and assessing."
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