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ELL Assessment Accommodations in a Time of Changing Academic Standards and Assessment


by Natalia Ward & Amber Warren — June 13, 2016

Using accommodations to ensure access and fairness on high-stakes and classroom assessments for English Language Learners has become embedded in the fabric of American schools as simply common sense. This commentary illuminates unanswered questions and trends related to the uses of accommodations, and urges educators to examine them with a critical eye.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 13, 2016
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21087, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 11:36:26 AM

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  • Natalia Ward
    University of Tennessee
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    NATALIA WARD is a PhD student and a Graduate Teaching Associate in Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has taught ESL and EFL in the US and Russia. Her research interests include equitable education and assessment for English learners, literacy and biliteracy, and using balanced literacy approaches in elementary classrooms.
  • Amber Warren
    Indiana University
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    AMBER WARREN is a PhD Candidate and Associate Instructor in Literacy, Culture and Language Education at Indiana University. She has taught ESL and EFL in US primary schools and in Asia. Her interest areas include issues in teaching multilingual learners and pre-/in-service teacher education particularly in hybrid/online contexts.
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