The Assessment of Emergent Bilinguals Supporting English Language Learners

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-02-28
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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This textbook is a comprehensive introduction to the assessment of students in K-12 schools who use two or more languages in their daily life: English Language Learners (ELLs), or Emergent Bilinguals. The book includes a thorough examination of the policy, history and assessment/measurement issues that educators should understand in order to best advocate for their students. The author presents a decision-making framework called PUMI (Purpose, Use, Method, Instrument) that practitioners can use to better inform assessment decisions for bilingual children. The book will be an invaluable resource in teacher preparation programs, but will also help policy-makers and educators make better decisions to support their students.

Author Biography

Kate Mahoney is Associate Professor in TESOL at the State University of New York at Fredonia, USA. She has taught bilingual learners in the US and Belize. Her research has focused on the assessment of Emergent Bilinguals. Her PUMI framework is beginning to be adopted and studied in courses across the US.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: A Decision Making Process called PUMI
Chapter 2: History-- How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 3: Validity
Chapter 4: Methods
Chapter 5: Content & Language
Chapter 6: Psychometrics
Chapter 7: Accommodations
Chapter 8: Special Education
Chapter 9: Accountability
Advice for Instructors about Activities


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