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Best Practices in Assessment for English Learners

Understanding Assessment of ELs

Overview of English Language Proficiency Assessments - Information about the uses of language proficiency assessments from the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

Stanford’s Understanding Language Policy Papers - Addresses challenges and opportunities for assessing ELs in relation to content.

Classroom Assessment Tools


Using Informal Assessments for English Language Learners - Presents methods for informally assessing ELs.

Formative Assessment of Language, Content, Thinking Skills - Includes tools for assessing student conversations.

Focusing Formative Assessment on the Needs of English Language Learners


Performance Assessment - A short video on the role of performance assessment in content learning and language development.