Adult ELL Assessments in the Community Environment.
Submitted by sclements on November 4, 2013 - 3:02pm
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I am a graduate student at the University of North Dakota in the Masters of Education English Language Learners program. However, I currently teach at a CBO in Charleston, South Carolina. I am attempting to write a literature review on ELL assessment. The literature review will be an effort in determining the best known practices for community adult ELL assessment. I am trying to root out what is out there in regards to scholarly opinions concerning these assessments. More specifically, I am attempting to pinpoint the immigrant and refugee adult assessment mechanisms for non-profit organizations and local governments who cater their programs to this population and determine their effectiveness--primarily Best Plus and CASAS.
I have found information issued by the commercial producers of these assessments singing their praises (such as CAL with the Best Plus and CASAS in California), but I have found very little information in regards to scholarly opposition to these programs. For example, we work with the Best Plus in South Carolina. I know teachers that have voiced opposition to this program due to the subjective nature of the verbal test, but I have not seen any research or scholarly articles that tackle that point of view or others. Does anyone know of any research that has been done with opposing viewpoints or even positive objective research that has been done by outside organizations? Any insights you may have have would be greatly appreciated.