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W-33: Assessment of English Language Learners: Evidence-Based Evaluation and Best Practice
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


This presentation provides a review of the relationship among linguistic, cognitive, and academic development and the application of research regarding EL evaluation within a practical, systematic framework. Specific procedures are presented which permit any evaluator to conduct assessments of English learners that generate valid data to support conclusions and diagnostic decisions regarding English learners. Topics include: understanding bias in testing; issues regarding test score validity; advantages and disadvantages of typical methods for evaluating English learners; the importance of “true peer” comparisons, research foundations and use of the Culture-Language Test Classifications and Interpretive Matrix, integration of the Ortiz PVAT in conducting EL evaluations. The knowledge and skills gained will be useful to practitioners at all Skill Levels and provides a solid base for engaging in evaluation of English learners that constitutes defensible and current best practices.

Dr. Sam Ortiz is Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University, New York. He has served as Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at Nagoya University, Japan, as Vice President for Professional Affairs of APA Division 16 (School Psychology), as member and Chair of APA’s, Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment, as member of the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, as representative on the New York State Committee of Practitioners on ELL and LEP Students, and as member of APA Presidential Task Force on Educational Disparities.

Strand: C, Topic: 2, Skill Level: I-III
NASP Domain: 3

This workshop is sponsored by MHS.