As a new feature of WIDA’s assessment system funded by the ASSETS grant, interim assessments (IAs) are currently being designed to help provide support to both content and language specialists as they plan instruction for students who are developing proficiency in academic English. The new IAs are expected to be adaptive (“smart”) computer-based assessments that will allow educators the option of collecting data on their students’ current level of academic language proficiency within a specific Standard and across several domains, at multiple points during a school-year.
This interactive session highlights WIDA’s philosophy of bringing together educators and researchers to design relevant, educator-informed assessment tools. Participants will learn of the proposed design for these assessments, interact with sample items and test prototypes, and participate in focus groups to offer feedback to test developers. This feedback will be used by the test developers of the IAs as they think through which assessment modules to create and make available, as well as how to present the most useful information about students’ language proficiency to students, parents, teachers, and school administrators.