47 Why Assess in English & the Student’s Native Language? It provides comparative data to the IEP team about how the student performs in the primary language versus English.The assessor can determine if similar error patterns are seen in both the primary language and English (listening, speaking, reading or writing) in order to discern if the students is having academic difficulty due to a language difference or a disability.Many students acquire BICS level English speaking skills and are stronger in English academics but think at a CALPs level in their“native language”.Confirmation of findings in English assessment can be validated through native language assessment.
50 Assessment of ELs Best Practices Assessment ELs Best Practice HeirarchyAssessment of ELs Best Practices1st Best Option – Engage in the following:Administer cross cultural, non-discriminatory full or partial bilingual assessment in English and the native language using bilingual assessorsUse of structured interviews with parents and staffEngage in observation of student in varied environmentsCollect data from curriculum based assessment measuresEngage in structured interviews (staff and family)
51 Assessment of ELs Best Practices Assessment ELs Best Practice HeirarchyAssessment of ELs Best Practices2nd Best Option – Engage in the following:If there is no assessor available in the native language; engage in steps # 2-5 on slide 50 and,Assess in English and use an interpreter, administer the assessment in the native language under the supervision of school licensed assessors – document limitations in assessment report
52 Assessment ELs Best Practice Heirarchy 3rd Option – Engage in the following:If there is no assessor available in the native language; engage in steps # 2-5 on slide #50 and,If there are no assessment tools available in the native language, assess in English and use an interpreter who speaks the native language to provide an oral translation of assessments normed and written in English – document limitations in assessment report (do not use standard scores – this is to confirm information regarding patterns of strengths and weaknesses only)
53 Assessment ELs Best Practice Heirarchy Worse Case Scenario Option – Engage in the following:If there is no assessment tool or interpreter available in the native language engage in #2-5 on slide #50 and,Assess in English, to include non-verbal areas of cognition
73 Resource List for Possible Alternate Assessments to CELDT Cont’d. Test NameSkills AssessedOrganization or PublisherContact InformationBasic Inventory of Natural Language (BINL)ListeningSpeaking in 30 different languagesCHECpoint Systems, Inc.(800)Norm referenced & Criterion referencedBrigance IED II (B-7yrs)Brigance CIBS II (Pre K –9)Listening & SpeakingReading & WritingliteracyCurriculum & AssociatesVCCALPS (adapted ALPI with Reading & Writing)Listening, Speaking, Reading & WritingVentura County SELPA