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Formative assessment: Bridging the gap between high stakes testing and classroom learning. Megan Montee Title III Directors Meeting May 5, 2009. Purpose. This presentation will discuss how formative assessment can inform high stakes testing and classroom academic language development. .
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Title III Directors Meeting
May 5, 2009
By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:
Instructors must understand language assessment in order to participate in the language learning culture (Shepard, 2000).
Assessment = process of planning, collecting, analyzing and reporting information about student learning
Adapted from Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. (1997). Managing the assessment process: A framework for measuring student attainment of the ESL standards. Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
If there’s no time to assess it, there’s no time to teach it.
Prioritization and Sequencing
analyze the results.
Some questions I encounter:
Standards for Speaking:
1. Connect: Establish a verbal connection with an interlocutor in order to talk about something
2. Tell: Provide basic information on a relevant topic in a conversation
3. Explain: Provide detailed information on a relevant topic in a conversation
4. Reason: Argue in favor of or against a particular relevant topic
Note: Benchmarks are “implied in the soft hierarchy of functions.”
(American Institutes for Research (2005))
Tell: Provide basic information on a
relevant topic in a conversation
A collection of brief, accessible CAL digests on assessment and other relevant topics
Draft of the ILTA Code of Practice
Virtual Assessment Center, an introduction to language assessment from CARLA
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)
Learning Teams for Assessment Literacy by Richard J. Stiggins
Do educators know how to make use of the new avalanche of standardized test data? by Rebecca Zwick
Short, accessible book which introduces basic concepts of language testing and
reviews 20 English language tests
A practical guide to developing your own classroom assessments
A book which provides a thorough but accessible overview of foundational concepts
in language testing
Handbook which explains the principles of backward design for classroom
Article on creating a culture of assessment