September 17, 2013
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, Ed.D.
There are two organizations creating tests for the Common Core State Standards: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC announced it's accommodations for English Learners and Students with DisAbilities in June. Smarter Balanced announced their accommodations this week. Options for English Learners (at the discretion of states, districts, and school policies) include:
English/Language Arts Test
The translations will be in Spanish and Smarter Balanced has said it will provide glossary translation tools in Vietnamese and Arabic.
|VOICES FOR THE ACCOMMODATIONS||VOICES AGAINST THE ACCOMMODATIONS|
"help even the playing field for English-learners to demonstrate what they have learned"
|“The purpose of the test is to find out how well these kids can read. If for whatever reason they can’t do it, that’s what we want to know.” -----Timothy Shanahan|
PARCC consists of the District of Columbia plus 25 states that include AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MS, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC and TN.
SBAC consists of 31 states that include AL, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, KS, KY, ME, MI, MO, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WV
Everyday ELL is now Every Language Learner.