The word assessment can be a frightening word for educators and students alike. With an increasing pressure on standardized-test scores, sometimes it seems like all we do in schools is test, test, test! However, there has been a small shift lately toward standards-based grading and using more performance-based assessments to gauge how our students are doing in more authentic, meaningful ways. Planning valid, reliable and meaningful assessments can be challenging and overwhelming. Assessing ELL students is even more trickier because there are additional factors to consider to determine what a student really knows and can do. Using assessments that are fair to all students, understand the cultural and linguistic differences of students and are informative for teachers is challenging. Colorin Colorado has some amazing articles and videos to guide teachers when planning for assessments for ELL students.