Assessing Achievement with the ELL in Mind

Arizona State University

In the course "Assessing Achievement with the ELL in Mind," educators will gain essential skills to design assessments that cater to the unique needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). This comprehensive course focuses on incorporating language and content requirements into both formative and summative assessment types. Educators will learn to assess ELL students through project and task-based assignments, as well as modify rubrics to align with language and content learning objectives. Additionally, the course covers strategies for supporting ELL students during standardized testing.

The course comprises six modules, each offering in-depth insights and practical applications. From understanding the purpose and challenges of authentic assessment to exploring alternative assessments, such as portfolios and informal assessments, educators will be equipped with a range of assessment tools to effectively gauge ELL students' progress. Furthermore, the course delves into the significance of peer and self-assessment, rubric design, and error correction strategies to empower and monitor ELLs' language and learning development.

By the end of the course, participants will have the expertise to design assessments that align with the language and content needs of ELLs, ultimately enhancing the educational experience and outcomes for this student population.

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Assessing Achievement with the ELL in Mind
Course Modules

The course comprises six modules, covering topics such as authentic assessment, formative and summative assessment, alternative assessments, grading strategies, project-based assessment, and a comprehensive assessment review.

Introduction to Authentic Assessment with the ELL in Mind

The "Introduction to Authentic Assessment with the ELL in Mind" module provides a foundational understanding of authentic assessment and its application for ELLs, addressing challenges and solutions, and aligning learning and language objectives to assessments.

Formative and Summative Assessment with the ELL in Mind

The "Formative and Summative Assessment with the ELL in Mind" module delves into the key features of formative assessment, the relationship between formative and summative assessment, and practical classroom applications, including plenary activities.

Alternative Assessments with the ELL in Mind

In the "Alternative Assessments with the ELL in Mind" module, educators will explore alternative assessment types such as portfolios and informal assessment, along with considerations for assessment creation and differentiated scoring.

Grading with the ELL in Mind

The "Grading with the ELL in Mind" module empowers educators to utilize peer and self-assessment strategies, design rubrics aligned with learning and language objectives, and provide effective feedback for error correction.

Project Based Assessment with the ELL in Mind

The "Project Based Assessment with the ELL in Mind" module focuses on project-based learning and assessment, aligning outcomes with language objectives, and scaffolding project-based assessment design and delivery.


The "Assessment" module entails a summary and review of the course material, with a final assessment adapted for ELLs, ensuring educators are adept in applying the acquired knowledge.

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