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My column in Education Week Teacher this week will respond to the question “How Should The “Next Generation” Of Standardized Tests Treat ELL’s?” and I thought a supplementary list like this post would be useful.

This list is a bit of a Hodge-podge, and includes resources on legal details on ELL testing requirements and research on the effect of standardized tests on ELL’s. This post does not include materials related to standardized language assessments — you can find that information at The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing. Information on preparing ELL’s and other students to actually take standardized tests can be found at The Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad).

Here are my choices for The Best Resources On ELL’s & Standardized Tests:

What NCLB Says About ELL Students is from The Center For Public Education.

The Educational Testing Service publishes Guidelines For The Assessment Of English Language Learners, which includes a section on testing accommodations and modifications.

English Language Learners and High-Stakes Tests: An Overview of the Issues comes from The Center For Applied Linguistics.

Lost in Translation…at a Cost comes from District Administration.

High Stakes Testing: Issues, Implications, and Remedies for English Language Learners
is a very important study by Ronald W. Solórzano. Unfortunately, unless you have access to SAGE, it costs $25 to purchase it. In the paper, he concludes:

…that high stakes tests as currently constructed are inappropriate for ELLs, and most disturbing is their continued use for high stakes decisions that have adverse consequences.

Surviving the Test: English Language Learners in Public Schools is by Heather LaChapelle.

ELL Assessment: One Size Does Not Fit All is a commentary from Ed Week.

Performance Assessments for English Language Learners comes from the Stanford Center For Opportunity Policy in Education.

Common-Core Test Experts Explain ELL and Special Education Supports is from Education Week.

What Do We Do if We Suspect That Our English Learners May Not Pass Standardized Assessments? is by Carol Salva.

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