English Language Learners (ELL)
The English language learner (ELL) SCASS constitutes the only national, sustained forum among state education agencies, researchers, and policy experts on assessment issues for English language learners. The collaborative focuses on the assessment of ELLs' English language proficiency and inclusion of ELLs in academic content assessments including the role of accommodations and/or alternate assessment to provide valid and reliable achievement data. Recent timely, high profile efforts around the common core are encouraging similar development of English language proficiency standards and supporting assessments available for use as states may elect.
ELL Collaborative Advisor: Kenji Hakuta
The ELL SCASS is led by Kenji Hakuta, Stanford University, the national leader in studying and acting on issues around language acquisition. Working with Martha Inez Castellon, formerly at the Center on Research, Evaluation, Student Standards, and Testing (CRESST) at UCLA, and now Stanford colleague, Dr. Hakuta's guidance ensures state, associate, and affiliate members a place in both the national discussion and in the necessary work to follow.
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
CTB/McGraw Hill, ETS, Pearson