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What are type of accomodations you can use with students for english languange learners to teach any subject also to help them in the standardized test or TELPAS exam?

Jul 3, 2014 2:02am

  • English Language Arts / Math
  • Pre K-5
  • Differentiation

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    • Jul 3, 2014 2:38pm

      Accommodations would depend on what you're trying to teach, the proficiency level of the students. What I would suggest with the TELPAS--I've never given this test, but the strategy would be the same--is to construct items for your class work to reflect the types of questions they will see on the tests. If they need to sequence items in a listening section, ask them to do the same thing in your classroom. If you search "ELL differentiation" online, you should get tons of resources. I'm from a WIDA state. Look at this link to see a pretty in-depth article from them that explains the process:
      http://www.wida.us/get.aspx?id=526

      • Jul 15, 2014 2:15pm

        Claudia-

        Check out the framework for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as many of the strategies outlined in the UDL Guidelines speak directly to providing students with scaffolding so they can create their own accommodations. Teaching students how to create graphic organizers, for example, is a skill that will help all students on standardized exams. I think it's helpful to focus on the teaching of content, however, because if they are strong in the content, they will perform better on any standardized measure regardless of if accommodations are available to them. To learn more about UDL, visit, http://www.cast.org/udl/

        Best,
        Katie Novak
        www.katienovakudl.com