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Beyond “Teaching to the Test”: Rethinking Accountability and Assessment for English Language Learners

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Author(s): Betsy Gilliland, Shannon Pella

This book gives teachers the background and strategies to make their teaching and support equitable for ELLs. Principles in Practice imprint

This is a print version of the book. A PDF ebook version is also available.

Level(s): Middle, Secondary

ISBN/ISSN: 9780814102947

Stock No.: 02947


Watch a video of Principles in Practice editor Cathy Fleischer talking with the authors about their book.

The word accountability is everywhere in education today, but it means different things to different people. Speaking directly to teachers who work closely with English language learners, Betsy Gilliland and Shannon Pella examine essential questions in this age of accountability: What kind of accountability measures truly demonstrate multilingual students’ learning? How do these measures reflect the planning and teaching that teachers do to help their students grow?

Gilliland and Pella take readers into the classrooms of middle and high school teachers to illustrate accountability practices that exemplify the principles outlined in the NCTE Position Paper on the Role of English Teachers in Educating English Language Learners (ELLs). What does accountability mean when teaching ELLs? In one sense, teacher support of student performance on standardized tests is accountability to grade-level standards. More important, however, teachers and schools are also accountable to the students through equitable access to the curriculum and real-world literacy.

This book gives teachers the background and strategies to make their teaching and support equitable for ELLs. Examining how teachers can support learners’ reading, writing, and academic language development, and illustrated with examples of real teachers at work, the authors explain teaching for accountability, formative and summative assessment, and preparation for high-stakes testing, as well as provide suggestions for teaching, guiding questions for discussion, and resource recommendations.

Principles in Practice imprint. 167 pp. 2017. Grades 6–12.

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