Equitable Assessments for Multilingual Learners: Integrating Socioculturally Responsive and Personalized Assessment Approaches


Primary and secondary schools are increasingly “superdiverse” in the U.S. and globally (Park et al., 2018; Vertovec, 2023). Students—including multilingual learners—have unique social, cultural, and educational characteristics that, instead of being discounted, might be leveraged in instruction and assessment as a means of advancing equity in education. To better assess and support the reading and literacy development of multilingual learners, we employed socioculturally responsive and personalized assessment approaches in developing a classroom assessment for formative use. In this webinar, we will demonstrate the features of our assessment design and share research findings from a usability study.

Speakers: Lorraine Sova & Mikyung Kim Wolf

Lorraine Sova has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, is a certified English as a Second Language and elementary education teacher, and has taught English as a Foreign Language to children and adults. Since 2011, Lorraine has been a test developer at Educational Testing Service, developing English language proficiency assessments for young learners and adults as well as teaching and learning content for English language educators and their students.

Mikyung Kim Wolf is a Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Language Education and Assessment Research (CLEAR) at ETS. Mikyung has over 20 years of experience in developing and researching language assessments for multilingual learners. She has published numerous articles and edited two books, Assessing English Language Proficiency in U.S. K-12 Schools (2020, Routledge) and English Language Proficiency Assessment for Young Learners (2017, Routledge).

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