Ray Bauer

Ray makes a subtle point about the assessment idiocy in this note below:
This year two brothers arrived to my elementary school from Mexico.  They had years of English classes at their school in Mexico before arriving to my school in the Chicagoland area.  Of course, their English language proficiency was not nearly as good as that of their American classmates.  Now, do you know what each teacher that was going to work with the boys did to see how well they could communicate in English?  They simply spoke to them and tried to have a conversation.
And you know what, that was the best assessment we could have ever given these two new arrivals from Mexico.  I don’t think a multiple-choice test on verbs or adjectives would have done us any good.  Just trying to a have a simple conversation was all we needed.



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