285.  Re: ESL assessment for K-5I'm in Hong Kong at a large international school.  Can you recommend a few ESOL assessment tools that we might look at?  This is for K-5 level.   Thanks for any ideas you might have.  I've taught ESOL for 18 years and none of the schools I've worked at have ever used more than very rudimentary assessment programs.  If you have names/web pages/info...that would be best.

ANSWER

There is not enough incentive ($$$$) in K-5 ESOL assessment development because decisions are NOT critical at the elementary school level within federal education guidelines in the USA, nor the education systems of any states I am familiar with.  

Usually, for elementary-level testing, pictures are the basis of most assessments available for Identification of the Language Proficiency Level for purposes of initial placement.  For example, the State of California uses a series of state-approved tests --such as the Language Assessment Scale (LAS)-- based primarily on pictures.   There are others more complicated to administer.   But at the elementary level, there are many issues that MAY interfere with the testing procedures --shyness of young children, familiarity of testee with assessor, cultural background of the assessor, fear of the testing situation, inattentiveness, etc.  

My suggestion to you is to simply design a test (Pre-/Post-test) based primarily ON YOUR CURRICULUM.   What do you expect children (K-5) to be able to do at the end of one academic year or grade-level?   You may use pictures based on content area concepts, you may use objects, experiences, etc., that students will receive during the academic year.   Unobtrusive testing methods are BEST at this level -- You may design a brief OBSERVATION Matrix -- what should the student be able to talk about, respond to, say or read/write at the end of an academic year?   Then, plan your observations and get your results.    

 The State of California -- Department of Education, may have various tests listed within their "Compliance" Unit in their Web Site.   Because students MUST be tested in English in this state, there are some tests being prepared.   BUT, again, what do these tests really tell YOU in terms of YOUR Program and Curriculum?   Standardized tests are NOT what you need, if I understand your question.  

THANKS for visiting my Web Sites!!!!    C.S.S.

 

 

 

 


For more in-depth information, classroom demonstrations, and "coaching" of new and/or experienced teachers, Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK offers:

1. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
2. Cross Cultural Diversity - Multicultural Strategies
3. Effective Instruction for English Learners (L.E.P. students) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Promoting Academic Success in Language Minority Students
5. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
6. Oral Language / Literacy Skills / Higher Order Thinking Skills
7. 50/50 Dual Language Programs: design, planning and implementation
8. The Structure of English / The Structure of Spanish
9. Transition: Introduction to English Reading

Web Site Programs for Teachers: Numbers 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9.
Web Site Programs for
Paraprofessionals: Number 3.
Web Site Programs for
New Teachers:
Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity - The Challenge of Students Diversity
Identifying / Responding to Students' Language Needs
Phonemic Awareness: Teaching English phonics to L.E.P. students
Relationship Between Reading, Writing and Spelling
Improving Reading Performance -- Building Oral Language Skills)

Write and e-mail any additional questions you may have, and Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK will establish with you, your school or district a Technical Assistance Service Contract. Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK will answer all your questions promptly and to your satisfaction.

 

For information and credentials please click on the link below or contact directly:

CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK, Ph.D.

Educational Consultant, Program Evaluator

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Certification (12/2006)

3113 Malcolm Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90034-3406

Phone and Fax: (310) 474-5605

E-mail:  csssadek@gte.net