Jamal Abedi Shares Expertise on the Assessment of English Learners in Ed Week April 25, 2013
In an Ed Week article “Testing Consortia Struggle with ELL Provisions,” Lesli A. Maxwell writes about the work being done by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the work that School of Education professor Jamal Abedi and his colleagues are doing to ensure that accommodations on new Common Core assessments will be fair and relevant for English learners.
“It’s one of the major misconceptions in accommodations,” Abedi says in the article. “States use these tools for the sake of accommodations with no consideration of whether it actually makes the assessments more accessible to ELLs.” Read the article here.
Specializing in educational and psychological assessments, Jamal Abedi’s research focuses on testing for English language learners and issues concerning the technical characteristics and interpretations of these assessments. Abedi is the author of many publications in the assessment of and accommodations for English-language learners. He is on the advisory committees for several major assessment organizations and advises a number of states on testing for English learners and children with disabilities.