Question: How should ESL (English as a Second Language) students’ writing be assessed?
Answer/Quote: “Assessment should take into account students’ home languages, how this knowledge is used as they write in English…and the time it takes to develop academic language. Students should not be penalized for their developing English, and assessment should not be used to compare them with fluent English-speaking students.” P. 346.
Comment: The authors believe that most state assessment guidelines for writing are designed for native speakers of English and are inappropriate for ESL students struggling to learn English as a second language. RayS.
Title:“Discerning Writing Assessment: Insights into an Analytic Rubric.” \LK Spence. Language Arts (Maya 2010), 337-352.