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Chapter Five: Assessing Grammar and Syntax
ELLs and SELs generally score low on state and national summative tests. This has become even more evident when reviewing the results of tests designed to assess the Common Core standards. It is not surprising that ELLs and SELs score low on these tests as research has consistently shown that it takes from 5 to 7 or more years for these students to develop academic language proficiency at a level equivalent to native speakers of standard English. Summative test results may discourage both students and teachers. In addition, these tests do not provide information teachers can use to guide their teaching.
In contrast, formative assessments can help teachers with curriculum decisions. These tests are designed to ...