T462 – Assessment of New Language Learners
3 Credit Hours
This course examines the construct and practice of assessment for classroom teachers of pre-k to third grade children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The primary foci of the course are 1) examining critical issues regarding assessment and accountability in schools serving culturally and linguistically diverse students, 2) studying the challenges and promises in using assessment results to improve classroom teaching of English Learners; and 3) implementing a variety of assessment methods currently used to evaluate teaching and learning in classrooms, including assessment of English language skills, and assessing academic learning across the full range of curriculum content areas. Teacher candidates learn principles of assessment to shape meaningful and effective learning for their students, and learn how to conduct developmental screening, evaluate classroom quality, and implement performance-based assessments. Teacher candidates learn how to communicate assessment results to school personnel as well as to parents and families regarding their young children’s development and school learning.