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Best Practices in Assessment for English Learners

Understanding Assessment of ELs

Overview of English Language Proficiency Assessments - Information about the uses of language proficiency assessments from the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

Understanding Language - An initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Education dedicated to help policymakers, researchers, states, district staff, and schools better serve ELs including the challenges and opportunities for assessing ELs in relation to content.

Classroom Assessment Tools


Using Informal Assessments for English Language Learners - Presents methods for informally assessing ELs.

Formative Assessment of Language, Content, Thinking Skills - Includes tools for assessing student conversations.

Focusing Formative Assessment on the Needs of English Language Learners


Performance Assessment - A short video on the role of performance assessment in content learning and language development.