This project was funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education


Assessment Process

The proposed LDLD Assessment Model has been developed over the last two decades and focuses on what assessors need to know, read more

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Cultural and Linguistic

Understanding the student’s experiences in his/her cultural and linguistic journey is essential to better understand his/her opportunities to learn standard English.

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Theoretical Foundation

To study and understand any culture, one needs to study the context from which that culture evolves.

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Starting Point

When you think about underlying values, beliefs and assumptions in different cultures, you can think in terms of continuums, with extremes on either end. Kohl’s Cultural Values Continuum.

Legal and Ethical

It is important to consider what is fair and ethical in the assessment of English Language Learners. Legal provisions affecting English Language Learners (ELL/CLD) with and without Special Needs in the USA ensure that these studnets receive a free and appropriate public education.

Assessment Tools

Language Proficiency Tests Most Commonly Used in the U.S. A. These tests listed are widely used but they are not necessarily endorsed by this project.

About Us

This website is the outcome of the Language Minority Assessment Project, a Lesley University Center for Special Education action research initiative developed in collaboration with teachers from the Lowell Public Schools in Massachusetts and funded by the United States Department of Education, Washington D.C.

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