Discerning - and Fostering - What English Learners Can Do With Language

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) established an English Language Learner Assessment Advisory Task Force in 2012 to address opportunities and challenges for English learners (ELs) presented by new college- and career-ready standards and assessments.This Advisory Task
Force—composed of technical staff and leadership from multi-state assessment consortia, EL researchers and technical assistance experts, policy advisers, and other stakeholders—prioritized efforts to move toward a more common definition of English learner within states and across states participating in multi-state assessment consortia. They did so for two reasons: it was required of states participating in any of four federally-funded assessment consortia (USED, 2010); and it was long recognized as a key policy issue for equity in EL program funding, educational opportunity,
assessment, and accountability (National Research Council [NRC], 2011; Abedi, 2008).

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