The number of new immigrant students who enroll in provincial schools continues to increase. Valid and reliable assessment is a cornerstone of thoughtful instructional planing. The ESL Consortium was established to explore assessment issues and to develop locally normed assessment tools that can be used across the lower mainland. The process began with a review of instruments that were currently being used to assess English as an Additional Language (EAL) students. New assessment tools are now being developed and tested that better represent the backgrounds and abilities of immigrant students.
The Consortium was established by members of the British Columbia Lower Mainland School Boards. Its purpose is to consider various issues related to the assessment of students who come from homes where the language spoken is not English. Consortium activities include the development of assessment instruments, cross-district cooperation in the development of ESL support levels, and the implementation of assessment research.In June 2008, representatives from 12 school districts and a university convened, establishing the Lower Mainland ESL Assessment Consortium. At a recent meeting at UBC, members of the consortium reflected on why it was important to them to be involved with this group and how the work benefits the communities they serve.
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