ESOL Portfolio

Assessment Resource Guide for Teachers and Students

Information Compiled By: Donna Easler

Reading Interventionist

Carlisle-Foster's Grove Elementary School

Spartanburg District 2


*This portfolio was created for the purpose of the Spartanburg District Two ESOL Cohort. Dr. David Marlow provided this assignment within his Assessment class at the University of South Carolina - Upstate.

Our Mentor Text

Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges From Laguage Proficiency to Academic Achievement

Written by: Margo Gottlieb


Please click the links below to access interactive assignments and reflections.


Click here to read Donna Easler's reflection for each chapter.

New ESOL Student Assessment

This section provides an overview of our school's procedures. I will also attempt to reflect on this process.


WIDA: This sample provides a variety of items and / or questions which are typical of the annual WIDA assessment.


WIDA: Can Do Descriptors (Please click on the title to the left to access the WIDA on-line access.)


WIDA has shown improvement from previous assessments.

Closing Reflections...

Standardized Testing Suggestions for Enhancing ELL Achievement:

  • Decrease test question sampling
  • Decrease passage size / length
  • ESOL students do not participate with state testing until they have reached the highest level of proficiency.
  • If an ESOL student has passed a component of the Language Proficiency test, allow them to participate in that portion only of the state test. For example, if they have not reached proficiency with writing, please allow them to receive an exemption for that portion only.
  • Remove figurative language or allow the teacher to explain the confusing words.
  • Provide scaffolding for vocabulary and/or long reading passages in order to adequately assess knowledge.

  • Am I bringing out the best in my students? (Click on the hyperlink to view my own daily practices and reflection.)


    A Time for Review and Reflection: My written reflection from our time spent in ESOL Assessment class with Dr. Marlow.

    Diversity: We Can Easily Find Differences...Look For Our Similarities!

    Whoever You Are

    This children's picture book is one that I use each year to celebrate the similarities we all share. I feel that it is important for students to recognize differences but to look past those in order to find common ground. We should embrace everything we share!


    *Please click on the book title above (Whoever You Are) by Mem Fox in order to view a read aloud of this award-winning book.

    Lesson Plan Resources for ELLs

    Lesson Planning for our ELLs: Please click on the subtitle to the left to access a valuable link that provides information for ELLs and other students. It is funded through the US Department of Education. Please sign in as a visitor to access the website.


    Lesson plans are provided and mapped to the WIDA standards. There are also helpful hints for students such as: getting organized, study skill help, setting up home study space and much more. These are especially helpful for all ELLs but also for any student and /or parent needing assistance.

    Early Childhood ESOL Students Benefit from Specialized Linguistics Instruction

    Before we can correctly assess our students, we must provide quality instruction. The attached presentation was created with a colleague for the purpose of using within an early childhood classroom.


    Multisensory Linguistic Presentation

    Click on the hyperlink attached above to view our presentation.

    Flexible Learning in Small Groups

    Blended Learning allows teachers to target specific goals to help a student to grow in proficiency.


    Students who are struggling can be inspired to set goals and grow in each area of language. Please refer to the hyperlink above, "Blended Learning", in order to view students who are served by the school's interventionist to grow in areas such as: fluency, phrasing, comprehension and writing.