Evaluating English Language Learners In Schools

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Ruth Collins ESL223N April 1, 2012 Mary Beth Nipp ELL Assessments It is important for the school system to perform an assessment on all English Language Learners (ELLs) as they enter the education system. Every state has its own set of standards as well as assessment measures they use to evaluate ELLs. Without assessments of these students a teacher would struggle when working out lesson plans for the students. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has set up national guidelines that must be followed for all students within the educational setting. National guidelines must be followed for all students, thus states use standardized testing to evaluate all students within the school system. Often problems arise when students move here from other countries. Each state must measure the educational level of English Language Learners (ELLs) as they enter the school system. Once a student has been tested the school is able to place the child into a classroom that is appropriate for his/her level of comprehension. The state of Virginia uses W-APT, which is a test system set up for specific grade level clusters. This test is set up to the student in a variety of educational…show more content…
Mark Mullins was able to offer a bit of hope for this area of study within the school district. The school district does have the capability to test a student, should one come in with little or no understanding of the English language. The one issue that would arise would be the lack of instructors available with ESL training. Mr. Mullins has offered an incentive for any teacher who would be willing to receive training for ESL instruction. There is a contingency plan in place should a student or students come to our county. A teacher from a nearby district is willing to travel to our county, should the need
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