A Shift in Assessments

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As more schools are moving toward standards-based grading, many teachers are given the opportunity to embed more authentic, task-oriented assessments into their instruction. For ELL students, when these assessments are fair and consider cultural and linguistic differences, they can be really beneficial to the teachers and students. These task-oriented assessments also promote a growth-mindset. This article from TESOL Connections, Making a Paradigm Shift in Assessments, explains this shift and has a wonderful example of a task that assesses speaking in a non-threatening, authentic way.

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