Achievement Testing for English Language Learners, Ready or Not?

Sau-Lim Tsang; Katz, Anne; Stack, Jim
January 2008
Education Policy Analysis Archives;2008, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
School reform efforts across the US have focused on creating systems in which all students are expected to achieve to high standards. To ensure that students reach those standards and to document what students know and can do, schools collect assessment information on students' academic achievement. More information is needed, however, to find out when such assessments are appropriate for English learners and can provide meaningful information about what such learners know and can do. We describe and discuss a study that addresses the question of when it is appropriate to administer content area tests in English to English learners.


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