Overtested How High-Stakes Accountability Fails English Language Learners

ISBN-10: 0807752479
ISBN-13: 9780807752470
Edition: 2011
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Description: This timely book explores what is often overlooked in policy debates about the education of English language learners: how the day-to-day dynamics of the classroom are affected by high-stakes testing and the pressures students and teachers  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 10/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

This timely book explores what is often overlooked in policy debates about the education of English language learners: how the day-to-day dynamics of the classroom are affected by high-stakes testing and the pressures students and teachers experience and internalize as a result. The author presents and analyzes classroom observations, student work, and test scores, as well as interviews with students and teachers. A disturbing picture of today's overtested public school classroom emerges from the events and practices described in this book.While hard to believe, all the depictions presented took place in a real elementary school classroom and reflect the current culture of extreme accountabililty.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
What Testing and Language Learning Are Synonymous
Introducting the California Context
In Ms. Romano's Classroom: Setting Goals for and with English Language Learners
Organization of the Book
High-Volume, High-Stakes Testing in Elementary Schools
Accountability and Surveillance in the Elementary Classroom
Sorting Out the Effects of Standardized Tests
A Classroom Conversation About Testing
Consequences and Solutions: What is Wrong and How to Fix lt
Using Mandated, Structured Curricula with English Language Learners
The Lure of Science and Success
Opposition to Structured Curricula
Instructional Practices and Literacy Event in the Structured Curriculum Classroom
Consequences of Using Structured Curricula
Limited Time and Available Meaningful Opportunities for ELD
Implications: What to Keep, What to Remove, What to Substitute
Grappling with the Complexities of a classroom of English Language Learners
From Beginner to English Only, and Everything in Between
Overarching Issues and Recommendations: How to Help English Language Learners
Learning to Teach in the Age of Accountability
Preparing Teacher Candidates to Teach Ells in the Age of Accountability
Assessing Teacher Candidates
Teaching in a Value-Added World
Educating and Supporting Teachers of Ells in High-Stakes Settings
Contextualizing Teacher Education in the Age of Accountability
Policy and Practice Changes in Assessment and Instruction
One Standardized, Large-Scale Content-Area Test Per Educational Level
Policy Changes in the Assessment of English Language Learners
Policy and Content Changes for Teacher Education Regarding English Language Learners
In Closing: Learning in the Age of Accountability
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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