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"Assessing Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity
"This practical book provides excellent background information and practical guidance for educators interested in improving the assessment of English learners (ELs) and connecting academic language proficiency to academic achievement. Its format of using reflections throughout each chapter offers opportunities for readers to think more deeply about topics and helps guarantee that they will be engaged and apply what they are learning to their own settings.
"Few writers have the chops to capture the potent links between assessment and instruction, and even fewer language-learning specialists possess such skills. Happily, Margo Gottlieb is the exception. In this exciting, practitioner-friendly volume, she shows us how assessment as, for, and of learning can provide a level playing field for today’s language learners. Educators working with English language learners will find this assessment-moxie book truly invaluable."
"There are no other books available that cover the topic of fair and equitable assessment practices for English learner as comprehensively as this one Nor are there any other books with such a rich selection of tools readily available for practitioners. It must belong in every TESOL professional’s professional library!"
"Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity lays out a much needed practical process for instructional professionals to design equitable access to educational opportunity for English learners! Margo Gottlieb both responds to and promotes growing awareness of the critical importance for teachers and instructional leaders to ensure English learners’ meaningful engagement with content through academic English. This authentic evolution of appropriate assessment as, for and of learning answers the “how” part of the clarion call for
"Framed by a lens of equity, Gottlieb makes the complex landscape of assessment accessible for classroom practitioners of English language learners. Readers will walk away with a crystal clear understanding of the instructional conditions they can create for English language learners, promoting linguistically responsive assessment practices."
"While we know that first-hand teaching experiences cannot readily be substituted by reading about the work and practice of others, with evocative scenarios of teachers, students and schools used throughout Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity, Margo Gottlieb comes close to making this happen.
"Assessing English Language Learners is an important contribution to the field for the many educators who believe that assessment for second language learners is important, but only if it is valid. This book lays out a clear and compelling argument that assessment and equity are not mutually exclusive concepts in educational programs for the nation's burgeoning population of multilingual learners. Its breadth is impressive and includes important discussions about language proficiency assessment, but also adds ideas for content area assessment practices.
"High quality and relevant - perfect for our assessment course."