Like many participants of the TESOL conference, I’m coming with a barrel full of questions. Here’s one. How do we solve the dilemma of recently arrived immigrant students and statewide standardized testing? I’m not only talking about the obvious lack of language skills for such rigorous assessments, but also the emotional toll it takes on my adolescent students who are sometimes still in culture shock. If only the days spent on standardized assessment could somehow benefit students in their language learning instead of increasing their discomfort, I would be all for it. I feel that there is an increasing disconnect between the needs of ELLs and our public schools and unfortunately, the kids are on the front lines.
Subscribe to TESOL Blog
- Among students learning English in Burbank, there are more Armenian speakers than Spanish, school officials say 22 June 2017
- Preparing to more effectively teach English learners next year 22 June 2017
- Most K-12 spending goes to salaries and benefits 22 June 2017
- King Abdulaziz University steps up operations to develop English language teaching profession 22 June 2017
- Too few ELL students land in gifted classes 22 June 2017
- Note: The views expressed by TESOL bloggers do not necessarily represent the views of TESOL International Association.