Denver, CO – Today at ISTE 2016, Pearson unveiled enhancements to the Test of English Language Learning (TELL), its award-winning tablet based assessment developed to support educators as they ensure that the growing population of English Language Learners (ELLs) build the English language skills necessary for success in school. To increase access to the innovative assessment, TELL is now compatible with both iPad and Android tablets.
Launched last year at ISTE, TELL leverages reliable and accurate automated scoring technologies to assess students listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, providing teachers quick access to the information they need to inform instruction, and district leaders the data and reports they need to meet state and federal reporting requirements.
As more and more education leaders recognize the critical importance of monitoring the progress of ELL students, their schools are turning to this self-administered, tablet-based, assessment to ensure that their students are on the path to meeting today’s rigorous learning goals.
Among the new districts that will implement TELL for back-to-school 2016 is the Archdiocese of Washington, which educates more than 27,000 children in Washington, D.C. and five counties in Maryland.
“With a growing population of English learners representing more than 20 different languages, the Archdiocese of Washington is deeply committed to increasing accessibility for all families in the Washington metropolitan area to the excellent education provided in Catholic schools. Beginning this fall, TELL will be used to identify students who are eligible for Title III services, which will help to ensure that our schools have access to the resources necessary to support the needs of English learners,” said Brian Radziwill, director for government programs and grants.
The Archdiocese of Washington will initially use TELL in its schools in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.
“In order to ensure that all the students in our Catholic schools receive an excellent education, it is important for our teachers to have an accurate measure of students’ abilities. In some cases, that would be the ability to screen English language learners from the outset of the school year,” said Le Shaun Quander-Mosley, director for assessment and research. “Teachers will receive real-time results, and have access to data that will be used to inform instruction and screen English learners for potential federal financial support. We are excited to be able to assess those abilities in a way that expands instructional time and in a format that the students find engaging.”
The enhancements to TELL that will be unveiled at ISTE include multi-year progress reports that allow schools to ensure that students are making steady progress from one academic year to the next. TELL also now provides a report for parents, in both English and Spanish, so that they can see how their student is progressing.
“TELL leverages the power of the tablet environment combined with research-based automated scoring technologies to provide an assessment experience for students that is engaging and, as some tell us, even fun,” said Aurelio Prifitera, Ph.D., managing director of Pearson’s clinical assessment group. “Best of all, TELL provides teachers and administrators with the information that they need on students listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities so that they can provide them with personalized instruction that will help them build their skills and make progress toward their language and overall learning goals.”
For more information, visit the? TELL website.
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