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This workshop reviews various approaches used in evaluating cognitive abilities of English learners and compares the extent to which each is capable of generating data that are valid. The manner in which problems inherent in these methods can be resolved are presented in the form of a practical, systematic approach to evaluation that incorporates evidence-based procedures, can be employed by any school psychologist, and reflects current best practice in nondiscriminatory assessment at an intermediate level.
This session will help participants
1. recognize the fundamental advantages and limitations of typical approaches to evaluation of English learners and implications regarding test score validity,
2. apply empirically established principles regarding test performance of English learners to evaluate validity in support of interpretation and intervention recommendations, and
3. implement an empirically supported, comprehensive, systematic, and valid evaluation of English learners consistent with the NASP Practice Model regarding assessment.