Assessment of ELLs

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aboeke

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I am working on my Masters in English Language Learning and Teaching and I have to create a post that focuses on assessment for ELLs. I am in a general education Kindergarten classroom with about half my class identifying as ELLs. I would love opinions and thoughts about differentiating assessments based on their first language. Do you differentiate assessments depending on grade level? As a teacher of young students, most of them know quite a bit of English, so I don't find myself differentiating a ton based on the language they speak at home. At the beginning of the year, I do assess their incoming abilities and I allow them to answer in Spanish since it can be more comfortable for them. I'm just curious to see what everyone does.
 

englishgeek

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Welcome to the forum! This forum is just getting started and we have more students than teachers right now, but hopefully that will change in the future.

I am not sure what you mean by "differentiating assessments based on their first language". Could you give an example?

If it is kindergarten level, I wouldn't expect to focus much on assessments at that age. That is just my opinion though. I don't think you can do formal assessments at such a young age. I suppose it depends on the requirements of the school and the parents' expectations.
 

aboeke

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Nov 19, 2021
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Welcome to the forum! This forum is just getting started and we have more students than teachers right now, but hopefully that will change in the future.

I am not sure what you mean by "differentiating assessments based on their first language". Could you give an example?

If it is kindergarten level, I wouldn't expect to focus much on assessments at that age. That is just my opinion though. I don't think you can do formal assessments at such a young age. I suppose it depends on the requirements of the school and the parents' expectations.
I have been reading about translating assessments into their native language to help benefit them, however with Kindergarten, assessments can be challenging in any language. I was wondering how students who don't speak English very well are assessed in content areas.

Most of our Kindergarten assessments are done orally and one-on-one. They struggle to be able to complete a formal assessment on their own, but other than a few formal assessments, we mainly do informal ones.