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Equitable Assessment and Grading Importance to MLs SupportEd’s approach

Assessments are tools for measuring student learning, informing instruction, and reporting on student achievement. In order for these assessment practices to be equitable for students, the assessments need be valid measures of student learning. In addition, grading policies need to be clear and report academic progress, not just mastery of content.  

Assessments and grading of MLs need to be focused on validly measuring and reporting their strengths along with their progress towards mastering content and linguistic skills. Formatively assessing students throughout a lesson or unit is important so teachers can gather evidence of content and language learning on an ongoing basis to inform instruction and plan for future lessons. Formative assessments should be scaffolded to support MLs so they can demonstrate their knowledge and skills as they gain academic language. In addition, grading policies and practices for MLs should be easily understood by MLs and their families and include progress towards content and language mastery, not just reflect their level of mastery of the content. 

SupportEd takes a four-step approach to the formative assessment process to ensure validity and equity for MLs. In addition, we have identified five-pillars for the equitable grading of MLs aligned with effective instruction and assessment practices. For a more detailed understanding of the formative assessment strategies and tools for MLs that SupportEd offers, check out chapter 9 of Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible and our online self-paced learning assessment course. You can learn more about SupportEd’s approach to equitable grading by reviewing The Five Pillars of Equitably Grading MLs tool checklist.

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Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible Unlocking Multilingual Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible

In this eagerly anticipated revision of their bestselling book, authors Diane Staehr Fenner, Sydney Snyder, and Meghan Gregoire-Smith share dynamic, research-backed strategies that every educator of multilingual learners (MLs) can add to their repertoire. Including more of what educators loved from the first edition—authentic classroom examples, a wide variety of research-based instructional strategies, and practical tools to implement across grade levels and content areas—this is the ultimate practical guide to unlocking the potential of MLs in K-12 classrooms.

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The Five Pillars of Equitably Grading Multilingual Learners (MLs) The Five Pillars of Equitably Grading Multilingual Learners (MLs)

Explore common ML grading challenges faced by educators with our new 5 Pillars of Equitably Grading MLs framework. Discuss pressing ML grading topics with national experts on ML education and assessment. Gain practical tools for equitable ML grading that you can implement into your schools immediately. 

Presenter: Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD
Guest Presenter: Larry Ferlazzo

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The Five Pillars of Equitably Grading MLs The Five Pillars of Equitably Grading MLs

Authors: Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD, Sydney Snyder, PhD, & Jill Kester