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Testimony to NJDOE on Assessment of English Language Learners 


On Friday, January 16th, 2004, a panel of experts, including members of the Executive Board of NJTESOL/NJBE, were invited by the NJDOE to give testimony Trenton on the assessment of ELLs on the ASK 3 and 4.
 
Links to full texts:
 
Gloria Garcia, representing NJTESOL/NJBE
 
David Nash, representing the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association
 
Nicholas Calamusa, Passaic Public Schools and Janina J. Kusielewicz, Clifton Public Schools
 
Elizabeth Franks, Panel on Valid and Fair Assessment of English Language Learners in New Jersey
 
Grisel López-Díaz, Assistant Professor, New Jersey City University
 
Ana M. Mistral, Recommendations for Assessment, Reading and English Language Learners,
Reading Transfer Study (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader Click here to download)
 
 
Summary of Gloria Garcia’s Testimony:
 
Dr. Garcia supported both Spanish Native Language and Sheltered English Assessments. She pointed out and provided examples of what she characterized as flaws in the "accommodations” system currently in use. She recommended that the decision for native language or sheltered English assessment not be based solely on years in the program, but be further developed to include the following criteria:

  1. Level of proficiency in English as measured by the approved English Language Proficiency Test.
  2. Length of time in the program
  3. Recommendation of the child's teachers
  4. The language of instruction for Language Arts literacy and the content areas

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