Do school assessments properly measure ELL students' knowledge?

David N. Plank, executive director of Policy Analysis for California Education, writes that standardized tests do not do a good job of capturing the true knowledge level of English language learners. The tests are designed to be taken by native speakers and he writes that ELL students may know the answer but struggle with understanding the language. As new tests are developed that align with the Common Core State Standards, these factors should be considered, Plank argues.

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