ETS Recommends Changes For English-Language Proficiency Assessments

 

A new white paper from testmaker Educational Testing Service offers recommendations for how to improve English-language proficiency assessments that are used to how evaluate how English-learners are progressing toward learning the language, as well as meeting the language demands in the Common Core State Standards.

The 36-page report from ETS' Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management recommends that the yearly assessments focus on the specific language skills students need to meet the standards, and provide useful and standardized information to teachers, administrators, parents and students.

The authors contend that English-language proficiency assessments largely focus on students' knowledge about English rather ...