The number of U.S. states
that require students
to pass an exit exam
to obtain a high school
The number of U.S.
states giving high school
exit exams that plan
to replace this exam
with an assessment
by the Partnership for
Assessment of Readiness for College and
Careers (PARCC) or
Source: Center on Education Policy. (2011). State high school
tests: Changes in state policies and the impact of the college and
career readiness movement. Washington, DC: Author.
How can educators effectively and fairly assess English
language learners (ELLs)? ¡Colorín Colorado! (www
. colorincolorado.org) has a plethora of tools for monitoring
students’ language skills, a how-to on doing informal
assessment with ELLs, and resources on ELLs and writing
assessment. Two videos feature experts discussing topics
that range from performance-based assessment to ELLs
and the Common Core State Standards. (Go to the section
on “Common Core and ELLs” for more specifics on this
topic.) Also featured are research reports, selected books
on ELLs and assessment, and a free Parents’ Guide to State
Testing (in both English and Spanish).
For information on national and state policies related
to ELLs, standardized testing, and accommodations, visit
the Policy Issues: Assessment and Accountability section
( www.colorincolorado.org/policy/issues/assessment) or the
Interactive Web Resources Map ( www.colorincolorado
.org/web_resources/by_state), which lets users zero in on
information about ELLs and testing within their state.
Watching the crowd, I was fascinated by a toddler who was learning to walk.
He was propelling himself along as if he were rowing a boat. His parents watched
with delight. No one said, “Bad baby, you’re not doing it right!” —Cathy Vatterott, p. 38
ASCD / WWW.ASCD.ORG
So Who’s Tech-Savvy?
In Sweden, young adults ages 16–24 topped the charts in
an assessment of technology skills that was administered
in 19 countries. Participants were asked to perform tasks
at three levels of difficulty: to sort e-mails into folders,
organize data into a spreadsheet, and manage reservations
for a virtual meeting room. Fewer than one-third of U.S.
young adults could complete tasks more complicated than
sorting e-mails, a performance that put them at the bottom
of the list of performers from the 19 countries. The study
underscored the need for equality of access to technology
because major discrepancies were noted among the results
for young adults from varying socioeconomic backgrounds.
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