EDU536: Assessment for Learners of English Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

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Course Overview

This course presents tools for assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) learners. Although some assessments are better than others and any assessment is only as informative as the person interpreting the results, a solid understanding of the following topics provides a background for assessing CLD students:

  • Laws and federal mandates that have shaped assessment for CLD learners
  • Assessments and assessment items in terms of linguistic and cultural appropriateness
  • Measures of academic English proficiency level and the alignment of instruction with English Language Development standards
  • Evidence used for determining goals, accommodations, progress, and recommendations for instructing CLD students, including those who are learning disabled or gifted

The course project, Assessment for CLD Learners: A Training for Teachers, requires candidates to create a training program for teachers or administrators from the candidate's own district on the topic of CLD assessment in its various forms. Analyzing assessments in terms of linguistic and cultural appropriateness, candidates develop a language acquisition plan for a CLD student as well as methods for identifying giftedness and learning disabilities.

This course includes 10 hours of field-based activities that take place in a K-12 school/district community setting.

It is recommended that you review the TESOL Standards and NCATE Domains for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse courses offered at JIU to determine the appropriate courses that meet your specific state or international requirements.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Describe legally compliant CLD student assessment procedures and data reporting.
  • Evaluate CLD assessments in terms of linguistic and cultural appropriateness.
  • Develop and utilize standards-aligned English language proficiency assessments for CLD students.
  • Compile a body of evidence, and evaluate and use it in creating a language acquisition plan.
  • Check for understanding and adjust instruction for CLD students.
  • Analyze practices for determining and using accommodations for CLD students on content mastery assessments.
  • Create a tool to guide thinking in determining if a CLD student has a learning disability.
  • Collect and analyze data for use in determining if a CLD student is a gifted learner.

Special Requirements

This course includes 10 hours of field-based activities that take place in a K-12 school/district setting where candidates are required to work with a mentor (e.g., a licensed K-12 teacher, school principal, other licensed K-12 educator, etc.) and complete activities with students onsite in a school-based classroom. Candidates are required to provide contact information for their field-experience mentor and school in Assignment 1.1. For more information about field experience courses, please contact your Student Solutions Advisor.