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Common Language Assessment for English Learners

Learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate common language assessments for your English learners. With this step-by-step guide, teachers, school leaders, and administrators will find organizing principles, lead questions, and action steps all directing you toward collaborative assessment. Yield meaningful information for and about EL learning preferences, build student self-assessment, and inform your instructional decision making based on reliable results.


  • Explore the five phases of implementing common language assessment: planning, design, refinement, inspection, and maintenance.
  • Examine the status of language education in US schools.
  • Recognize the features of common instructional assessment.
  • Learn how to build a standards-referenced common language assessment.
  • Understand the importance of auditing current assessment practices and the need to balance different forms of assessment.

Common Language Assessment for English Learners


Chapter 1: Common Language Assessment
Chapter 2: Phase I—Planning
Chapter 3: Phase II—Design
Chapter 4: Phase III—Refinement
Chapter 5: Phase IV—Inspection
Chapter 6: Phase V—Maintenance


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6