Assessment plays an important role in the education of English language learners. When ELLs with diverse linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds enter new educational settings, an initial assessment of their skills and abilities helps educators provide appropriate placement and instruction. Ongoing assessment of student learning provides continuous feedback on the effectiveness of instruction and indicates areas where a change in instructional strategy may be advised. ELLs are required to participate in high-stakes testing programs, as a way of making schools, districts, and state education agencies accountable for their educational progress.
Assessment of English language learners requires specialized knowledge. Information on this important subject is divided into 3 topic areas below. Click on a topic for answers to common questions in each assessment area.