Effects of High-Stakes Testing on English Language Learners Essay
In an effort to improve ELLs learning, Denver Public Schools (DPS) has implemented the English Language Acquisition (ELA) Department. Teachers within the district are required to complete coursework geared for aiding ELLs in the mainstream classroom within their first two years of employment. In addition to educating teachers, DPS also offers a New Educator Academy and an ELA Summer Academy to offer additional support for ELLs across the district. This summer school academy allows students an additional three weeks of literacy education for five hours each day. DPS also requires new hires to teach during this summer academy alongside a mentor teacher who is already ELA qualified within the district and has a minimum of three years of teaching experience.
Many teachers across the nation feel that these high-stakes assessments are not reliable or valid for ELLs. This is partly due to the validity of timed assessments. ELLs’ have a lower reading fluency in English; therefore, time limits may affect their performance in a negative way when compared to non-ELLs (Educational