In my state of NJ, all ELLs (grades K and up) are required to take a specially mandated ELL assessment battery (ACCESS for ELLs - listening,speaking, reading and writing) each year, which monitors student progress.
In addition to that, these students also must take the state mandated assessment battery (LAL, math and possibly science or social studies) required of all students grades 3 and up.
ELL students in grades 3 and up sometimes face back to back testing times in excess of 6+ days (first year students are exempt from 2 days of LAL state tests).
In my opinion, this is such unnecessary duplication and major interruption of instructional time, especially in a small district which has a limited number of test administrators.
What is this "testing time" like in your state and how do you feel about such duplication?
Thanks for sharing your points of view...at least it affords me an opportunity to vent my frustrations and "be heard".
I understand things may be changing for NJ and this battery of tests will not be as interruptive in coming years.