Assessment

10C) Variety of formative assessments

Draw from a variety of formative assessment tools (e.g., observations of child’s oral language, portfolios of written work, comprehension focused questions or tasks, etc.) to monitor progress

Video: Using an ELD Portfolio to Guide Instruction and Monitor Progress

In this video, a first-grade teacher talks through her thinking as she uses an ELD portfolio for Multilingual Learners in her class. She discusses how a portfolio helps guide her instruction and determine language supports for students.
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Guide: Formative Assessment Considerations

This resource offers a list of questions that the teacher can consider to structure more opportunities for formative assessment of language inside of classroom activities.
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Strategy Overview: Talk Moves

This resource offers specific teacher language to use in order to facilitate and structure classroom discussions. These talk moves help create quality opportunities for Multilingual Learners to practice and use oral language.
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Website: DRDP Measures – How Might It Look?

This website provides examples and videos of children's behaviors that align with several items and domains of the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP). Educators can use these videos to help them determine children’s developmental levels by exploring how their skills and behaviors change as they learn and grow.
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Video: DRDP Tutorials

This video playlist provides a series of tutorial videos for educators who are using the California Department of Education's Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP). In the videos, educators will be guided through conducting observations of children, documenting those observations, and completing the DRDP.
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Video: DRDP Microlearning for Teachers

This video playlist provides a series of tutorial videos for teachers using the California Department of Education's Desired Results Developmental Profile online system. Teachers can refer to these tutorial videos to use the online system, create and use reports of children's progress, and learn how to share reports with families.
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Video: DRDP Microlearning for Administrators

This video playlist provides a series of tutorial videos for administrators using the California Department of Education's Desired Results Developmental Profile online system. Administrators can refer to these tutorial videos to manage their program's enrollment information, monitor children's progress and assessments, and plan for instructional support using classroom reports.
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Website: Desired Results for Children and Families

Programs can refer to this website to obtain more information about the Desired Results (DR) for Children and Families System. The DR system outlines important goals for children and families and includes assessment instruments and surveys that programs can use to improve their program quality and services.
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Video: Watching My Child Grow

This video playlist provides an introduction to the California Department of Education's Desired Results Assessment System and its benefits for all children and families. These videos are available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
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Tip Sheet: Instructionally Embedded Assessment

This resource describes how educators can draw from a variety of formative assessment tools to assess Multilingual Learners’ language progress. This resource highlights the importance of continually observing what children are able to do across time and in a variety of ways.
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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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Article: Assessing Young Dual Language Learners

This article introduces ideas for formative assessment, as well as key questions for teachers to ask themselves when assessing Multilingual Learners. The third page of the article offers five practical ways that teachers can develop their own assessment skills.
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Flyer: Identifying English Learners with Disabilities

This flyer offers three evidence-based recommendations on how to recognize when Multilingual Learners may have a learning disability. Additional links are offered to learn more about supporting Multilingual Learners with disabilities.
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Strategy Overview: Oral Language Analysis

In this formative assessment, the teacher gathers 1-4 Multilingual Learners to engage in a brief discussion in response to structured prompts regarding an artifact from the class' ongoing content learning. The teacher records each child's oral responses, and then analyzes the record to identify follow-up instruction they can provide during upcoming Designated ELD time.
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Strategy Overview: Performance-based Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments are critical to understanding the language development and content learning of Multilingual Learners. This document offers a variety of instructional ideas for all types of assessment tasks.
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