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Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, one of ten regional equity assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides expertise on equity issues relating to race, gender, and national origin.
Jim Estes addresses the importance of "Multicultural Competencies for a New World" as part of the Preparing All Administrators, Counselors, and Teachers to Educate Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students (PAACT) Faculty Project at George Washington University.
Resource Materials for Planning and Self-Assessments
The Office of Civil Rights has developed extensive guidelines on "Programs for English Language Learners."
Socio-Cultural Awareness for Educators
The New Brunswick Department of Education discusses the importance of socio-cultural awareness in a resource guide for teachers of English language learners.
Suggestions for Using Interpreters
The University of Michigan Health System offers practical advice for working with a foreign language interpreter.
Home Language Surveys
This sample home language survey is from the Boise School District in Idaho.
The home language survey for the state of Vermont may be downloaded in both PDF and Word formats from this page.
This example is from the CESA 7 School Improvement Services department in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Informal Assessment Methods:
Readinga-z.com explains running record guidelines and offers other assessment tips and resources.
Story retelling rubrics are used by the Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado as part of developmental reading assessment.
The Louisiana Division of the Arts uses another story retelling rubric as a tool to cultivate the oral tradition of folktales.
Sample Procedures for ELL Identification and Assessment:
The Office of Civil Rights provides specific information on the "Identification of Potential ELL Students."
Dr. Frank L. Smith, Superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools, describes "Procedures for the Identification, Assessment, and Placement of Language Minority Students."
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction presents guidelines for the identification and assessment of English language learners.
Annotated Bibliography of Language Proficiency Tests
Presented by the Center for Positive Practices.
Language Proficiency Tests: The following resources include the major tests that are most commonly used in the U.S.
Idea Proficiency Test (IPT)
Language Assessment Scales (LAS)
MAC II Test of English Language Proficiency
Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey 2001
Secondary Level English Proficiency Test (SLEP)
Checklist for English Language Proficiency Test Selection
This useful tool is available through the English Language Learner KnowledgeBase, a project of the Region VII Comprehensive Center and Northrop Grumman Information Technology.