• Assessment for Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Session One: Understanding My Role as an Assessor
  • Session Two: Developing Understanding through Media
  • Session Three: Designing Assessment Using Standards for Effective Pedagogy
  • Session Four : Considering Alternative Assessments in Relationship to ELs
  • Session Five: Designing and Developing Assessments
  • Session Six: Debating and Responding to Assessment Issues
  • Session Seven: Developing Knowledge for Practice and Advocacy
  • Session Eight : Revealing My Learning
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  • HW 6.3 Issues in Grading

    Considering the Challenge of Grading the Work of ELs Working in a Second Language


    Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

    Use assessment data to plan, adapt and implement instruction for English language learners according to their level of English language proficiency.

    Assessment: 50 pts.

    Due: Session 7

    Teachers can determine how to use assessment to grade students as well as track their development in learning content and language.

    Students have explored links between assessment and student development. They are now prepared to consider potential links between assessment and grading and between grading and student development.


    1. Read the accompanying article entitled Issues in Grading.

    2. Reflect upon the following questions in preparation for a discussion about fair grading during LA 8.2:

    •What methods do I currently use for grading and reporting?

    •How do I translate the results of my assessments into grades?

    •What do my grades mean?

    •What are my grades a conglomeration of?

    • How do my grading and reporting methods disadvantage or advantage ESL students?

    •What could I do to improve my grading and reporting to support the learning and success of my ESL students?

    3.Capture your reactions in the Meaning Making section of the reading. Note your concerns, questions, thoughts, or practices that connect to the reading and in relationship to your own grading difficulties or strengths. 

    This content is provided to you freely by Equity Press.

    Access it online or download it at https://equitypress.org/diverse_assessment/hw_6.3.