Many things must be taken into account when assessing ELLs; however, most teachers rely solely on annual statewide placement assessments. While standardized tests can be helpful in measuring where students are at a particular point in the year, they aren’t the most effective way to gauge English Language Learners knowledge or abilities.


Assessing ELLs

Student language proficiency can vary by context for language use and modality. Some students may feel comfortable with English reading and listening skills, but not writing and speaking. Likewise, some ELLs may feel more comfortable in language arts and math than in science and social studies. Teachers need to understand what a student can do independently, as well as with instructional support, and provide appropriate scaffolds so ELLs can access grade-level content.