ELLs Need More Attention in Common Assessment Groups, Reports Say
By Lesli A. Maxwell on July 8, 2013 5:25 PM
The two groups of states working to design new common assessments need to devote more time and attention to English-language learners and students with disabilities, conclude new reviews from the U.S. Department of Education.
In its first-ever technical reviews of the test-development efforts underway by two state consortia—the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and Smarter Balanced—the federal education department is calling for both groups to focus more sharply on developing test items that all students, including those who are still learning English, can fully access regardless of their level of language proficiency.
Ed Week's common core/common assessment guru, Catherine Gewertz, has a fuller explanation of the technical reviews over at Curriculum Matters, and the reviews themselves on Smarter Balanced and PARCC are available on the Education Department's website.
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