Evaluating Academic Writing Proficiency: Lessons from the Test and Beyond

1:00 - 2:15pm EDT
Presented at: WIDA 2016

This interactive session will focus on how to evaluate ELLs’ writing proficiency in a K-12 school context. Building from how students’ written language proficiency is evaluated on WIDA ACCESS for ELLs, participants will learn about key features of written language that help differentiate between the proficiency levels defined in the WIDA Performance Definitions. Recognizing these key features of written language is important not only in the testing context but also in the classroom.

The presenters will discuss several authentic samples of ELL written language and highlight the linguistic features that distinguish between the proficiency levels. Participants will take away a better understanding of how to identify developing levels of written language proficiency in a school context that may be applied to the classroom and potentially used to support the instruction of writing skills.