Professor Jamal Abedi and Dean Harold Levine of the UC Davis
School of Education have penned “Fairness in Assessment of
English Learners” published in the January/February issue of
Leadership, a publication of the Association of
California School Administrators.
Major changes and restructuring of the K-12 assessment and
accountability system are expected as the nation transitions to a
new generation of assessment systems based on the Common Core
State Standards. These assessments are expected to be fully
operational by 2014-15. Levine and Abedi, an internationally
recognized expert on assessment for English learners and students
with disabilities, outline the challenges states and districts
face in assuring that assessments of English learners are “fair
“The new systems require responses that are higher levels of
language proficiency from all students,” the article reads. For
English learners, who already struggle with assessments that
overly complex linguistically, the challenge is to create new,
more challenging assessments that reduce unnecessary complexity
and cultural biases, the authors explain.
Access the magazine online here.