Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Mahmoud Altalouli

Abstract

This capstone project examines the problem with testing English language learners (ELLs). Even though there are perks to testing, there are many problems that arise for ELLs in schools as well. The project shows the problem with testing is not only the actual test, but it is also the overwhelming test items of exams, the physical environment that students take the test in, the management and administration of exams. Language on tests that are incorporated into test directions and word problems may be too lengthy for students, causing them to get spelling and grammatical errors. The environment in which the ELLs take the test in may cause anxiety due to insufficient furniture and negative interactions between teachers and students. Therefore, this project discusses how the problem of testing needs to be solved in many ways: questions need to be culturally relevant; environments need to be comfortable; teachers should have a cooperative attitude; and different forms of tests should be used such as portfolios.

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