Computer-Based Common Core Testing: Considerations and Supports for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On April 5, 2015
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  • accommodations, Common Core, Computer-Based Testing, ELL, PARCC, SBAC, Smarter Balanced
Originally posted on Colorin Colorado March 6, 2015 by Diane Staehr Fenner As many states begin to fully implement computer-based tests to measure students’ progress toward reaching the Common Core State Standards, it is an opportune time to take a closer look at how computer-based assessments might affect ELLs in particular. You may recall some […]
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October 2013 Newsletter

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On October 1, 2013
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  • Advocacy, assessment, CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, Corwin Preess, ELL, ELLs, English as a Second Language, English language learners, ESL, Illinois State Board of Education, PARCC, Peace Corps, Professional Development
Thank you for reading the DSF Consulting October 2013 newsletter. We have a lot of news to share with you!  Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators Diane Staehr Fenner’s new book Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators made its debut last week at the Illinois Bilingual Directors’ meeting and was very […]
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Instructional Suggestions for ELLs: PARCC Assessment Task (Part 2)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 19, 2013
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  • assessment, CCSS, Common Core, ELL, ESL, PARCC
Originally posted September 6, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In my last post, I analyzed a third grade English PARCC language arts research simulation taskthrough an ELL lens. For that task, students are asked to read one passage (in this case, a text excerpt from the book Eliza’s Cherry Trees) and answer questions about it. Then, they […]
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Analysis of a PARCC ELA Assessment Task Through an ELL Lens (Part 1)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 3, 2013
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  • accommodations, assessment, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, Common Core State Standards, ELL, PARCC, Writing
Originally published on Colorin Colorado August 23, 2013 by Diane Staehr Fenner As you may have heard, the Common Core assessment consortium PARCC just released new sample items last week in English language arts (ELA) in grades 3-11 and in mathematics in grades 3-8 and high school. Since teachers will need to plan their CCSS-based instruction around the […]
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September 2013 Newsletter

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 3, 2013
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  • Advocacy, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, English as a Second Language, English language learner, ESL, ESL Professional Standards, Illinois State Board of Education, International Reading Association, National Education Association, PARCC, Professional Development
In August 2013, we finished up some writing, focused our work on projects in several states, and geared up for speaking engagements at state conferences. Please take a look! Advocacy for English Learners: A Guide for Educators We’re happy to report that Diane’s book is now in press and will be available from Corwin Press […]
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Assessment of ELLs on the CCSS

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 28, 2013
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  • academic language, accommodations, assessment, Common Core, ELL, ELPA21, English as a Second Language, English language learner, language, PARCC, SBAC, Smarter Balanced, students with disabilities, test development, WIDA
In this week’s post, I’ll share some information related to assessing English language learners that I gathered while attending the Council of Chief State School Officers National Conference on Student Assessment last week. You can take a look at the CCSSO NCSA conference program as well as several presentations here.
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