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Assessment in Bilingual Special Education

This course will introduce and explore informal and formal assessment practices for children who are English Language Learners. Students will learn about various ways of observing, collecting, documenting, and analyzing children's work and learning experiences as part of the informal assessment process. Students will also become familiar with formal assessment procedures and terminology, standardized testing, and strategies for test selection, to ensure results that are valid and unbiased. Student will be given practical experience in the preparation and administration of different forms of assessment, including the construction of simple performance assessments. Careful attention will be given to careful interpretation and utilization of assessment data in developing meaningful curriculum and educational plans for children who are English Language Learners. Culturally responsive approaches to involving the family with the assessment process will also be addressed. Student will conduct assessments keeping in mind the legal, ethical, culturally responsive, and professional considerations that assessment entails, including confidentiality and local, state, and federal monitoring and evaluation requirements. Corequisite: EDUC 601