ESOL Assessment Project

Matraca Hutton

"Frank" - Part One

The student I chose for my case study is an ESOL student with an overall KELPA score of 3 with a 75%. His lowest scores were writing and speaking. He is 12 years old. When Frank was in 1st grade, he was so behind all he would do is cry and sleep, so he was sent back to kindergarten again. He has been on SIT since 2012. He was tested for special education in 2013, but did not qualify. He scored a 555 on his SRI and a 310 on his SMI. In 2012/2013, he scored a 1 in math for AYP (48) and a 2 in reading (56). His family speaks very little English and they seem to be disinterested in his schooling.

LOA observation Rubric

Frank scored lowest in group participation and engagement with classroom learning activities. He seems to be worried about being seen as popular. Lately, he has not been turning in assignments. He is moody and has crying outbursts. He interacts more with students of his own culture.

OLAI 2 - stage 1

BICS/CALP checklist

Frank had more checks in the BICS column than in the CALPS column, but he did not have many checks. I have only heard him speak some Spanish to other peers, but not academically. He does speak some Spanish at home, but I don't think he would perform better if tests or work were given in Spanish.

Part 3- understanding assessments

Frank struggles overall in all assessments with spoken and written language. Through the running records, Frank is reading at a Level Q. Frank struggles most with academic language, but it would not consider his playground language a strength, as some students struggle understanding him. One of Frank's strength is intrapersonal. He does well with out of the box thinking in reading and digs deeper when thinking in that subject. Frank also likes hands on activities and seems to succeed with those types of assignments.


I need to keep Frank engaged with all content. I will continue to use visuals and preteaching vocabulary to him. I plan to continue to keep him on SIT and discuss with the the school psychologist what accommodations would be best for Frank. Frank's speech will continue to be monitored.


The assessments were beneficial for me. However, I'm not sure what steps I need to take next. I would use the OLAI 2 again, but I would like to know what I need to do with that information. I don't think I would use the LOA observation rubric again because I felt like it was all information I already knew about Frank. The BICS and CALPS was useful, but I wasn't sure how to test his l1, unless maybe I had a translator to help. Overall, I feel like I have used several effective assessments to help me understand Frank better and how to meet his needs!