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Creating a Next-Generation System of K-12 English Learner Language Proficiency Assessments ELA ELL

Hauck, Maurice Cogan; Wolf, Mikyung Kim; Mislevy, Robert J.
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ETS Research Report
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English Language Learners (ELL), English Language Proficiency, English Language Assessment (ELA), Elementary Secondary Education, Next Generation Assessment, Digital Technology


In addition, the paper discusses the role of digital technology in next-generation K-12 ELP assessment systems, noting the distinct conceptual and practical advantages that digital technology offers in assessing ELP as well as principles for evaluating the potential challenges of implementing a digitally based assessment system against these benefits. A proposed theory of action for K–12 ELP assessment systems is also discussed in this paper. The second paper in the series addressed accessibility issues in the context of ELP assessments for ELs and ELs with disabilities (Guzman-Orth, Laitusis, Thurlow, & Christensen, 2016), the third paper addressed issues related to summative ELP assessments that emerged from the presentations and discussions at the English Language Proficiency Assessment Research working meeting (Wolf, Guzman-Orth, & Hauck, 2016), and the fourth paper focused on a key concern within such systems— the initial identification and classification of ELs (Lopez, Pooler, & Linquanti, 2016). RELATED REPORTS: • Conceptualizing Accessibility for English Language Proficiency Assessments by D. Guzman-Orth, C. Laitusis, M. Thurlow, & L. Christensen ETS Research Report No. RR-16-07 • Next-Generation Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for English Learners: Priorities for Policy and Research by M. K. Wolf, D. Guzman-Orth, & M. C. Hauck ETS Research Report No. RR-16-08 • Key Issues and Opportunities in the Initial Identification and Classification of English Learners by A. A. Lopez, E. Pooler, & R. Linquanti ETS Research Report No. RR-16-09 • Approaches to Automated Scoring of Speaking for K–12 English Language Proficiency Assessments by K. Evanini, M. C. Hauck, & K. Hakuta ETS Research Report No. RR-17-18

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