of Language, Literacy, and Content Learning
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. Such assessments may range from planned assessments (such as quizzes, end-of-chapter tests, and report or essay writing) to informal classroom observations of student language and literacy behaviors.
Teachers of ELLs are often well-positioned to assess students through their performance, examining student work, observing oral language development, and evaluating incremental progress. Ongoing, performance-based assessments may reveal strengths and growth increments not detectable by annual high-stakes testing (. Questions that commonly relate to assessments in the classroom are answered below. ; )